Swimmers second at WCD

It wasn’t a total shock but it also wasn’t expected. But finishing second at the West Central District Swimming & Diving meet is something the South Kitsap girls swim team will take.

“Second, we thought we could get,” senior co-captain Rachel Hubner said after Saturday’s meet. “We knew we’d get in the top three.”

The Wolves’ won three individual events and placed first and second in two relays and pushed Gig Harbor like never before Saturday before settling for second place at the WCD meet held at Foss High School in Tacoma. Gig Harbor won the meet title with 234 points while the Wolves finished second at 207.

The fact that the Wolves did so well Saturday just bolsters their confidence heading into the Class 4A state meet Nov. 12-13 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“Because we did so well here at district and most of us weren’t even rested, that at state we’re going to do awesome,” sophomore sensation Madison Rousell said. “We’re just going to kick butt at state.”

In fact, South trailed the Tides by just nine points going into the final event, giving the team a much needed confidence boost.

“We’re getting back up there,” South coach Dennis Anderson said. “Everyone swam so great. I’m really proud of all of them.”

Rousell provided the team its biggest boost by not only winning both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles but swam personal best times that were fast enough to earn her All-American consideration in both events.

“I was so happy I was almost in tears,” Rousell said. “In fact I was in tears.”

Rousell blew away the field in the 50 free, her best event, recording a time of 24.28, more than a full second ahead of second place. She came back a few events later to win the 100 free in 52.83, again way ahead of the competition.

“I think it was (the level of competition) and the fact that I came in (seeded) first and I wanted to come out first,” Rousell said. “I just wanted to keep it that way and not lose it.”

Rousell was also teamed with Rachel and Kate Hubner and Helen Tripple to win the 200 medley relay, finishing almost two seconds ahead of Gig Harbor with a time of 1:57.95

But it wasn’t just Rousell that got the Wolves close to a district title for the fist time in several years. Rachel Hubner, swimming in her final WCD meet, captured the 100 butterfly in dramatic fashion, edging out Capital’s Ashlynn Owen by seven hundredths of a second.

South’s Megan Finnie took third in the 500 free while Rachel Hubner and Tripple placed third and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

“For not being completely rested and everything, our girls swam good,” Hubner said. “The girls that didn’t make finals still had good times (on Friday) and the rest of us that are going to state, we’ve not rested at all so we’ll swim even better in two weeks.”

The Wolves also got a strong showing, and points, from its two sophomore divers that competed at Rogers High. Alyssa Drevniak scored a 263.80 and finished fourth while Cami Krier was 12th with 169.00 points.

“That’s just something we haven’t had in a while,” Anderson said. “With those points from our divers, we’re able to hang with Gig Harbor. Without them, we can’t.”

The Wolves will begin to take it a bit easy the next two weeks, getting as much rest as they can before the state meet.

“This meet, we weren’t really worried about,” Rousell said. “Of course, everyone wanted to do well, but we just weren’t worried about doing the best that we could. It’s state that we’re all psyched about.”

2004 West Central District III

Swimming & Diving Championships

Held Oct. 29-30 at Foss High School in Tacoma

Team scores

1. Gig Harbor 234; 2. South Kitsap 207; 3. Central Kitsap 132; 4. Capital 120; 5. (tie) Port Angeles and Wilson 117; 7. Olympia 100; 8. Olympic 97; 9. Stadium 78; 10. Mount Tahoma 73; 11. Bremerton 51; 12. Foss 24; 13. North Kitsap 18; 14. Shelton 15; 15. Lincoln 12.

Event results

200-yard medley relay - 1. South Kitsap (Rousell, Hubner, Hubner, Tripple) 1:57.95; 2. Gig Harbor 1:59.72; 3. Olympic 2:00.01

200 freestyle - 1. Krissy Forelli, GH, 1:51.17; 2. Rian Buckley, Oly, 1:57.38; 3. Whitney Barr, MT, 2:00.90; 5. Megan Finnie, SK, 2:06.88.

200 Individual medley - Kelly Fitzgerald, Olyc, 2:14.75; 2. Lindsay Leaf, GH, 2:18.16; 3. Davielle Shelman, Cap, 2:20.55; 5. Rachel Hubner, SK, 2:24.20.

50 free - 1. Madison Rousell, SK, 24.28; 2. Bridget Crowley, PA, 25.49; 3. Kelsey Powers, GH, 26.09.

Diving - 1. Mallory Spika, Sta, 337.20; 2. Phoebe Mayer, Oly, 320.85; 3. Ashley Rogers, Linc, 315.30; 4. Alyssa Drevniak, SK, 263.80; 10. Nacha Ifland, NK, 192.80; 12. Cami Krier, SK, 169.00.

100 butterfly - 1. Rachel Hubner, SK, 1:00.88; 2. Ashlynn Owen, Cap, 1:00.95; 3. Nicole Taylor, GH, 1:06.87.

100 free - 1. Madison Rousell, SK, 52.83; 2. Rian Buckley, Oly, 53.65; 3. Bridget Crowley, PA, 55.25; 8. Helen Tripple, SK, 58.11.

500 free - 1. Krissy Forelli, GH, 4:54.81; 2. Whitney Barr, MT, 5:26.10; 3. Megan Finnie, SK, 5:35.86; 7. Desirae Reimers, SK, 5:49.11; 11. Kathryn Parker, NK, 6:05.16.

200 free relay - 1. 1. Gig Harbor 1:43.51; 2. South Kitsap (Hubner, Hubner, Tripple, Rousell) 1:44.06; 3. Central Kitsap 1:44.63; 12. North Kitsap (Blazina, Caschette, Mitchell, Ferland) 2:02.24.

100 back - 1. Ashlynn Owen, Cap, 1:01.63; 2. Rochelle Stowe, Wil, 1:04.44; 3. Kim Smith, CK, 1:05.19; 7. Whitney Glebe, NK, 1:08.96.

100 breast - 1. Kelly Fitzgerald, Olyc, 1:09.43; 2. Meghann Kennedy, CK, 1:11.46; 3. Rachel Hubner, SK, 1:12.09; 4. Helen Tripple, SK, 1:14.77.

400 free - 1. Gig Harbor 3:43.30; 2. Capital 3:48.23; 3. Central Kitsap 3:50.21; 7. South Kitsap (Finnie, Derego, Reimers, Wolfe) 4:03.97

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