GIRLS SWIMMING: Federal Way's Ramey, TJ's Church snag SPSL championships

Federal Way junior Kenna Ramey won both the 100-yard butterfly and 50 freestyle during the SPSL Championships Saturday at Rogers High School. Ramey is the defending state champ in the 50 free. - File photo
Federal Way junior Kenna Ramey won both the 100-yard butterfly and 50 freestyle during the SPSL Championships Saturday at Rogers High School. Ramey is the defending state champ in the 50 free.
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Kenna Ramey's quest to repeat as a state swimming champion got started last weekend at the 2012 Class 4A Girls South Puget Sound League Championship Meet at Rogers High School.

Ramey, a Federal Way High School junior, won SPSL titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly Saturday at the 16-team meet, which was the first of three postseason championships for swimmers. Next up is the West Central/Southwest District Meet Oct. 26-27 at Curtis High School and the season culminates at the State Championships Nov. 9-10 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

At the SPSL meet, Ramey dominated the 50 free, winning the shortest race of the day by almost a second. Ramey swam a time of 24.52 to outdistance second-place finisher, Mount Rainier's Courtney Larson (25.43). Ramey's state-winning time a season ago was 23.62.

Ramey also dominated the butterfly Saturday at Rogers, winning the race by almost three seconds. Ramey's time (58.87) was the only swim under one minute. Mount Rainier's Jackie Beal finished second in the race in a time of 1:01.84.

But Ramey wasn't the only Federal Way school district athlete to bring home an SPSL title. Jefferson senior Shelby Church won the 1-meter diving championship with a score of 342.85. Church is a veteran of the state meet, having finished sixth a season ago on the diving board. Rogers' Emi Smith was right behind with 338.85 points Saturday.

Federal Way sophomore Tia Thomas was seventh overall with 299.05 points and Beamer freshman Annalee Scott was 15th in diving (209.55).

Mount Rainier ran away with the team title during the SPSL Championships. The Rams totaled 322 points, well ahead of second-place Kentlake (132). Federal Way ended up in fifth-place overall with 108 points.

The Eagles also had strong swims from senior Eva Barth, who qualified for the district meet in two events. She finished fourth in the 50 free (25.84) and was fourth in the 100 free (57.62).

Federal Way also qualified for districts in all three relays by finishing fourth in the 200 medley (2:00.93), fourth in the 200 free (1:48.55) and 10th in the 400 free relay (4:26.73).

Beamer's Estelle Kim will be the lone Titan swimming at the West Central/Southwest District Meet. The junior has qualified in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

Kim finished in ninth place in the individual medley in a  time of 2:28.95 and was fifth in the backstroke in a time of 1:06.62. Mount Rainier's Megan Kawaguchi won both events in automatic state-qualifying times.

Class 4A SPSL Championships

Team Scores: Mount Rainier 322, Kentlake 162, Curtis 159, Puyallup 137, Tahoma 108, Federal Way 108, Emerald Ridge 100, Kentridge 82, Rogers 70, Kentwood 52, Auburn 35, Thomas Jefferson 22, Todd Beamer 14, Kent-Meridian 12, Auburn Riverside 10, Graham-Kapowsin 1, Bethel 1.

200 medley relay: Mount Rainier (Kawaguchi, Webster, Beal, Duncanson) 1:54.78; Curtis (Wilson, Britt, Postma, Langlow) 1:58.42; Puyallup (Nelson, Mergel, Maiznieks, Holland) 2:00.81

200 free: Alana Pries (ER) 1:59.45; Hannah Holly (C) 2:03.59; Tori Bowers (T) 2:07.15.

200 IM: Megan Kawaguchi (MR) 2:11.73; Kyndal Phillips (KL) 2:17.15; Natalie Lesnick (KW) 2:17.35.

50 free: Kenna Ramey (FW) 24.52; Courtney Larson (MR) 25.43; Jessica Miller (T) 25.71

Diving: Shelby Church (TJ) 342.50; Emi Smith (R) 338.85; Emily DaDalto (MR) 311.90

100 butterfly: Ramey (FW) 58.87; Jackie Beal (MR) 1:01.84; Phillips (KL) 1:03.16

100 free: Holly (C) 56.04; Larson (MR) 56.64; Jessica Miller (T) 56.82

500 free: Beal (MR) 5:27.41; Lesnick (KW) 5:29.80; Bella Chilczuk (KR) 5:30.69

200 free relay: Mount Rainier (Larson, Ronald, Webster, Duncanson) 1:45.70; Curtis (Wilson, Britt, Petersen, Holly) 1:48.16; Tahoma (Bowers, Mazick, Pierre, Miller) 1:48.45

100 back: Kawaguchi (MR) 57.77; Chilczuk (KR) 1:04.54; Darla Long (MR) 1:05.33

100 breast: Laura Williams (KL) 1:11.78; Mackenzie Mergel (P) 1:12.56; Rachel Webster (MR) 1:12.62

400 free relay: Mount Rainier (Lemley, Beal, Larson, Kawaguchi) 3:49.44; Curtis (Langlow, Postma, Walden, Holly) 3:54.20; Emerald Ridge (Davis, Anderson, Barbre, Pries) 3:55.37.

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