WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls swimming and diving team members will push each other as much as the opponents lining up in the next lane this season. They have plenty of sprinters — some seasoned, some new — who have already shown an ability to post meet-winning times.
Two of Wenatchee’s three relay teams have already notched state-qualifying times, as has senior Hannah Bruggman in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Coach James Elwyn was quick to point out that a fast start doesn’t equate to state titles, however.
“On the one hand it’s nice and it’s a tribute to the girls to know they could end up in a special place,” he said. “But on the other hand, we haven’t done anything yet. Getting an early state time is nice, but if you don’t finish the season right and continue working hard, it doesn’t mean anything.”
Bruggman is coming off a state championship run in the 100 freestyle and, not surprisingly, the ceiling is very high again for her as she looks to build on what has already been a very accomplished prep career.
Hannah Bruggman, sr. (50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle)
Jessica Wierzbicki, fr. (100 butterfly)
Rachel Wilt, sr. (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle)
Wenatchee has a deep stable of talent led by senior sprinter Bruggman. Richland was the Panthers’ toughest foe last season, but Wenatchee easily outscored the Bombers during an early season road meet. The Panthers have enough talent to be considered the top team in the league this fall.
Eastmont at Wenatchee, 4 p.m., Oct. 7
Richland/Hanford at Wenatchee, 10 a.m., Oct. 26