Eastmont and Wenatchee will be well-represented at the girls swimming district championship this weekend at Central Washington University.
Both teams have several swimmers working to qualify for state or rack up points for their team at districts.
“Like everybody else, we’d love to have state qualifiers,” said Wildcats coach Darcy Bruggman, whose squad already has diver Aly Pierce locked in for state. “(We) would love to have swimmers and relays. We’re just looking for best swims.”
Eastmont will field 14 swimmers and four divers for districts, which is a step up from last fall. Diving begins today with preliminaries at Moses Lake and swimming preliminaries begin Friday at Central Washington University. Finals for both are Saturday at Central Washington University.
Kelly Hartman is within one second of qualifying for state in the 50 freestyle and has a handful of other athletes who could make state as well.
The Panthers are looking to build off a dominant regular season and have already locked up a number of state qualifiers.
Hannah Bruggman will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Audrey Parrish and Isabelle Dressel have qualified in the 50 freestyle as well, all three relay teams have earned a state bid and so has diver Ali Brandt. Brandt is the first Wenatchee diver to qualify for state since 2008.
Dressel and Parrish have a shot at qualifying for state in the 100 freestyle, as do Katherine Robinson and Jessica Wierzbicki in the 100 breaststroke.
The Panthers have a bevy of swimmers who will challenge for state spots in a number of different events this weekend.
“We definitely feel like we’re in a good position,” coach James Elwyn said. “Of course, it doesn’t really matter if we don’t perform well, it doesn’t mater that we’re in a good position. I think we have a healthy bit of worry in our minds and we’re getting ready to have some big swims.”
While Wenatchee has big plans for state this season, winning a district championship is on its mind as well.