MUKILTEO — The Wenatchee girls swimming and diving team posted a series of competitive scores in a deep meet rife with talent Saturday at the Mukilteo Invite.
The Panthers had three swimmers — Rachel Wilt, Isabelle Dressel and Audrey Parrish — place in the top five in the 50 freestyle. Wilt was second overall with a 25.34, Dressel was fourth with a 25.39 and Parrish was fifth with a 25.55. All three swimmers were less than a second away from posting state-qualifying times.
“To have three of the top five in that event definitely sent a message,” coach James Elwyn said.
The team finished third out of 32 schools represented. Mercer Island won with 765 points while the Panthers finished with 385.5.
Jessica Wierzbicki finished second overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.89, which was about two seconds under the state-qualifying standard.
“That was a heck of a time for a freshman,” Elwyn said.
Dressel finished third in the 100 free with a 56.76 and Wilt was fifth with a 57.03.
Wenatchee went on to win the 200 free relay with a time of 1:41.35. Wilt, Dressel, Wierzbicki and Parrish competed for the Panthers in that event. The relay team set a new meet record with the time.
“That was an amazing swim to watch them do that without Hannah Bruggman,” Elwyn said. “Anytime you can win an event without her, that’s pretty cool.”
Wenatchee and Eastmont had individuals finish in some high ranks among the more than 40 schools represented at the invite.
Wenatchee’s Cole Christman finished eighth in flight 7 with a time of 15:41.85. Sam Martin finished sixth in flight 6 with a time of 15:57.81 and Austen Lane finished eighth in flight 5 with a 16:24.11.
“We’re happy about that,” Wenatchee coach Susan Valdez said. “That’s pretty good to have that many boys finish in the top 11. Especially with that many schools and we don’t have one of our best runners.”
Eastmont’s Betsy Arlt ran with the number one runners and finished eighth with a 18:26.29.
“She ran it almost a full minute faster than she did three weeks ago,” Eastmont coach Gary Millard said. “The girl that beat her at the league meet by a long ways was only about ten seconds ahead of her today. So she closed that gap significantly and as far as the league goes, that’s her main competition.”
Eastmont’s Eric Ballard and Jay Simmons brought home ribbons in flights 4 and 3, respectively.
Cascade at Crossover Tournament
The Kodiaks came home Saturday finishing in sixth place after seven matches at the Crossover Tournament in Spokane — a tournament of 64 teams.
“It was fun to have that opportunity to see what our small school can do, to see what these ladies can do,” Cascade coach Marni McMahon said. “We played a lot of really good teams and some big schools.”
Cascade played in the fifth and sixth place bracket against Camas losing 25-18 in a one round match.
“They’re solid. A good school,” McMahon said. “I think it was a fatigue factor. If we had been more fresh legged we’d have given them more of a run. The girls fought hard.”
The Kodiaks’ trip through the bracket started with a 25-19, 16-25, 16-14 win over 3A Blanchet in the morning bracket. They went on to shutout 4A Sandpoint in two matches, which brought them to University.
“It was between us and University to see who would get into the platinum bracket. We both beat everyone else in our bracket,” McMahon said. “It was the funnest match of the day. They were tough.. Kaycee O’Brien and Gabby Brulotte really stepped it up in the middle, digging a lot of balls, they just kept swinging. It was a lot of back and forth all game.”
Cascade won 25-21, 17-25, 15-13. Brulotte made 30 kills in the tournament. It was University’s first loss of the season.
“It was mainly because of defense,” McMahon said of the win. “They have a lot of good hitters.”
West Valley (Yakima) beat Cascade in the next round 25-22, 25-22. Cascade beat Shadle 26-24, 25-22 to advance to the single match rounds where they beat Jackson 25-22 and lost to Camas.
Eastmont def. Kennedy Catholic — forfeit
The Wildcats showed up for their 1 p.m. contest against Kennedy Catholic of Burien to realize their opponent didn’t make it.
Eastmont is credited with a non-league victory.
“We got the shut out,” joked Cats head coach Erin Kavanaugh.