Prep sports wrap: Beamer swimming wins opener; TJ tennis still unbeaten
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
September 14, 2010 · Updated 9:45 AM
The Todd Beamer Titans girls swim team started their season in impressive fashion with a 122-59 thrashing of Auburn Riverside in a South Puget Sound League Central Division dual meet Thursday.
The Titans got a pair of state-qualifying swims from senior All-American Rachel Kim. Kim won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:11.30 and the 100 butterfly in 59.34. Kim is back this season after earning "Ironwoman" honors as a junior, which means she swam state-qualifying times all nine individual swimming events.
Beamer also got a pair of wins from Katie Kramer in the 50 free (28.28) and 100 free (1:04.42). The Titans also got wins from Estelle Kim in the 200 free (2:14.00), Liz Wiley in diving, Annalise Miller in the 500 free and Ryann Probstfield in the 100 breaststroke. Beamer also won all three relay races over Auburn Riverside.
"Our depth is good for girls that can swim all strokes and distances," said head coach Malcolm Neely. "Team leaders need to set good examples to follow in practices and meets and all teammates need to place the team as a high priority while managing time for schoolwork, rest and nutrition."
The Curtis Vikings won the battle between two of the best teams in the SPSL Thursday when they beat Jefferson, 95-89.
The Raiders got a pair of state-qualifying times from Amber Cratsenberg in the 200 free (1:59.46) and the 100 free (55.01). Cratsenberg won state titles in the 50 and 100 free last season. Jefferson also got two individual wins from Savannah Coe in the 100 butterfly (1:03.62) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.51).
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders remained unbeaten in the SPSL Central Division with a 5-0 win over Curtis Thursday. The Raiders got singles' wins from Brandyn Gomez at No. 1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, and James Lee, 6-1, 6-2.
Jefferson also got wins from Makoa and Kainoa Rosa at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-0, Alex Lee and Richard Ban at No. 2, 7-6, 6-4, and Vivek Ramanugan and Tyler Hamashima at No. 3, 6-2, 6-0.
Federal Way and Beamer were both beaten Thursday in SPSL Central matches. The Eagles lost to Auburn, 3-2, and Auburn Riverside beat the Titans, 4-1. Federal Way's wins came from Mitch Stewart at No. 1, 6-0, 6-0, and Alex Lewis at No. 2, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Jefferson squeaked by Federal Way Thursday at Riverbend, 68-58. Oakley Murphy earned medalist honors by firing a 39 for the Raiders. AJ Seo followed with a 41 for TJ and Sam Potts led Federal Way with a 43.
Decatur picked up its first-ever SPSL 3A win Thursday over Lakes at Oakbrook, 67-57. The Gators used solid rounds from freshman Carston Olufson (40), Jesper Foy (41) and Lloyd Braun (42).
Beamer won a low-scoring battle over Auburn Thursday, 37-32, at Sumner Meadows. Beamer's Nate Smith fired the low round of the day with a 45, Matt Martinez shot a 46 and Geoff Hadfield shot a 50.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders continued to impress in the early season with a 68-44 win over Federal Way Thursday at Northshore. Alexus Song earned medalist honors with a 5-over par, 42, and Federal Way's Emily Victor finished with a 44. Jefferson's Sarah Uyu followed with a 49 and Johanna Moore shot a 53.
The Decatur Gators lost a five-set heartbreaker Thursday night to Lindbergh in a non-league match, 25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 24-26, 15-13. The Gators got a huge night from Alisia Wilson, who finished with 14 kills and four aces. Christina Sessoms added four aces and Audri Mooth finished with six aces for Decatur.
The Thomas Jefferson Raiders had a solid day at the very competitive Capital Invite in Olympia Saturday. Jefferson's Chase Braxmeyer finished third in the senior boys race in a time of 12:14.
On the girls' side, Brianna Calveri ended up sixth in the senior race in 15:02.Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at email@example.com or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.