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Local athletes win state championships

It was a big weekend for Decatur athletes.

Decatur senior Ryan Trotter and junior Joon Youm each won state titles in their respective sports.

Trotter blasted through the 103-pound weight class at Mat Classic, the state wrestling tournament, Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Trotter pinned his opponent in the finals to win the state championship — the first for a wrestler from Decatur.

Youm swam two individual championships and a winning relay at the state Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Youm was named the Class 4A State Swimmer of the Year for the second year in a row.

Decatur’s 200-yard medley relay team of Youm, Tyson Sullivan, Adam Reinick and Kevin Sweeney won the state championship, followed closely by Jefferson’s team of Andrew Jung, Jason Hesla, Trevor Cray and Matt Diotte, which finished second.

Youm helped the Decatur team to a fourth-place overall finish — the highest finish ever for a Decatur swimming team.

At the Tacoma Dome, Federal Way’s gymnastics team finished third in state. It tied the best performance ever at state by a Federal Way gymnastics team.

In individual competition, Federal Way sophomore Lauren Webb finished second on the vault. Jefferson senior Alyssa Fox was second on the beam — just .025 of a point out of first place.

Academic champions

The Federal Way Dance and Drill team was named by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association as the Class 4A Academic State Champions. Coached by Pat Adkins, the team has a combined 3.63 grade point average.

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