WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls swim team isn’t wasting any time putting up state qualifying times. It had a number of quality races, including six first-place finishes Saturday at the Wenatchee Invite. The Panthers won the meet with a final score of 50. Tahoma was second with a 106 and Eastmont finished fourth with a score of 157 in the six-team event.
“Almost across the board we had a little bit faster times than Thursday and we got some state-qualifying times, which is a nice thing to do,” coach James Elwyn said in a phone interview.
Wenatchee’s 200-yard freestyle relay team qualified with a time of 1:42.56, roughly one and a half seconds faster than the qualifying mark. Hannah Bruggman qualified in the 100 freestyle with a time of :54.89 and the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.86. The Panthers won all three relay events.
“That’s a testimony to our depth at this point,” Elwyn said.
Eastmont finished three points out of third-place. First-year coach Darcy Bruggman said she was proud of how her youth-laden team performed.
“We had some individual best times,” she said. “We have a lot of freshmen, we’re trying to build some strength there.”
Bruggman highlighted Adrian Marquis as posting her best time in the 500 freestyle event, and freshman Gabrielle Davy for competing well at the varsity level.
Wenatchee 0, Everett 0
The Panthers just couldn’t find the back of the net Saturday despite outshooting Everett 21-8.
Wenatchee head coach John Springer said that his coaching staff was concerned before the game about an emotional letdown after the Panthers won 3-1 at Eastmont on Thursday, but after the game the first-year head coach said he was happy with his players’ collective effort.
“We created opportunities, we just didn’t get the breaks,” Springer said. “We hit the post a couple times. We had some great opportunities we just couldn’t finish.”
Forward Emily Rader and midfielder Ashton Blanksma each had several scoring chances, but just couldn’t break the scoreless tie.
“(Rader and Blanksma had) a couple beautiful shots,” Springer said. “I don’t know how to phrase it: They just couldn’t find the back of the net is what it was.”
WHS is now 2-0-1 (1-0 in Big Nine play) and will face Eisenhower in Yakima on Tuesday.
The Wenatchee boys limped to an 11th place finish with 275 points Saturday after losing Tristan Cunderla to injury.
Cole Christman led the Panthers with an 11th-place finish and a time of 15:19.75, which was 21 seconds faster than his time at the course last year.
Sam Martin was second on the team with a time of 15:52.21 and Austen Lane finished with a 16:49.17.
The injury was a setback for Wenatchee, but the outlook for the season is still bright.
“We’re still pretty optimistic about how the season’s going to progress,” coach Susan Valdez said.
The girls finished 10th overall with a score of 290.
Sophie Marshall led the Panthers with a time of 19:36.66 and Raquel Thody was second on the team with a 20:22.53. Brittany McCrum finished third on the team with a 20:29.
“I thought they did outstanding,” Valdez said of the girls team. “… I was happy with the way the girls kind of pieced it together.”
The Eastmont girls cross country team was rated in the preseason top-10 and competed for the first time Saturday in Spokane.
Junior Betsy Arlt finished fifth — out of 114 racers — covering the 2.5-mile track in 15:36.27.
“Betsy had a great, great race,” Wildcats head coach Gary Millard said. “She did a fantastic job and was our highlight. Things looked really good.”
Molly Gwinn joined Arlt in the top-25 of the varsity race with a time of 16:48.79.
On the boys’ side of the race, Matt Olson finished fifteenth in the sophomore race, Bret Lindell was the highest Eastmont finisher in the senior race with a 28th-place finish.
Yakima Sundome Tournament
Cascade finished third overall after winning its pool.
It posted a 25-20, 23-25 win over Battleground, beat Hanford 25-13, 25-22 and defeated Sehome 25-12, 25-19 to advance to the top-8 bracket.
The Kodiaks defeated King 25-23, 23-25, 15-10 to advance to the semifinals and lost to Annie Wright 25-19, 23-25, 15-8 in their final match of the tournament.
Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley led the team with 69 kills, Sydney Coffin had 32 kills, Johnna Rieke had 85 assists and Kaycee Obrien led the team with 38 digs.
Cashmere 7, Brewster 1
Tianna Helm finished the lopsided affair with four of Cashmere’s seven scores. Tessa McCormick scored two and recorded two assists and goal keeper Celia Zahir scored the Bulldogs’ final goal.
Brewster’s Veronica Hirez scored her team’s lone goal in the second half.
Cashmere is 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play after the win.