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STATE SWIMMING: Ramey snares a pair of championships
Federal Way High School junior has spent a lot of time inside the water at the King County Aquatic Center.
Ramey used that home-field advantage Saturday night to win a pair of individual state titles at the Class 4A Girls Swimming and Diving Championships. Ramey, who does her club swimming with King Aquatic out of the Aquatic Center, repeated her state championship swim in the 50-yard freestyle and also won the 100-yard butterfly gold medal Saturday. Both winning times were personal bests, which is the goal of any swimmer.
Ramey entered the Class 4A meet as the top seed in the 50 free and didn't disappoint during the final. Ramey swam a blazing 23.44 to easily outdistance Wenatchee's Hannah Bruggman (23.68). Ramey's time was good enough to earn automatic All-American honors.
Ramey also went wire-to-wire in the 100 fly final. She held the top qualifying time after Friday's preliminaries and finished first in a time of 56.00. The swim was good enough to earn All-American consideration. Cascade's Kalena Laurent finished second in the fly with a 56.56.
But Ramey wasn't the only Federal Way school district athlete to put together an impressive state meet Saturday. Thomas Jefferson senior Shelby Church finished up in second-place in the 1-meter diving event.
Church, who won the South Puget Sound League and West Central District championships, finished with 355.30 points. But the total was well back of first-place finisher Caitlin Chambers from Garfield.
Chambers accomplished perhaps the most impressive feat at the 4A meet, scoring 488.20 points to break the state record for all classifications. The previous mark was 473.30 set by Jessie Snowden of Issaquah in 2005.
Church led a strong group of divers from the district. Federal Way sophomore Tia Thomas was right behind Church in third place (349.70) and Church's twin sister, Monica, finished up in fifth place at the state meet (336.35).
Newport scored 217 points to finish ahead of its closest challengers Richland (183.5) and Cascade (169) to win the Class 4A team title.
Class 4A state meet
At King County Aquatic Center
Team scores — Newport 217, Richland 183.5, Cascade 169 (complete team results unavailable).
200 medley relay — 1, Skyline (Kristaley Umezawa, Andi Scarcello, Stephanie Munoz, Maria Volodkevich) 1:49.12; 2, Kentlake (Emily Tanasse, Laura Williams, Kyndal Phillips, Danielle Brooks) 1:49.98; 3, Newport (Elisa Fang, Jenny Huo, Amelia Liu, Emily Waddell) 1:50.78; 4, Issaquah (Stacy Maier, Kayla Flaten, Kelliearie Langan, Gabrielle Gevers) 1:50.82.
200 free — 1, Felicity Cann, Stanwood, 1:49.72; 2, Kalena Laurent, Cascade, 1:53.43; 3, Kayla Roberson, Inglemoor, 1:55.09; 4, Nicole Weinman, Richland, 1:55.37 .
200 IM — 1, Lisa Bratton, Richland, 2:01.53; 2, Carolyn McCann, Gig Harbor, 2:06.16; 3, Megan Kawaguchi, Mount Rainier, 2:06.62; 4, Kynda Phillips, Kentlake, 2:07.95.
50 free — 1, Kenna Ramey, Federal Way, 23.44; 2, Hanna Bruggman, Wenatchee, 23.68; 3, Lorea Gwo, Newport, 23.81; 4, Elisa Fang, Newport, 23.94.
Diving — 1, Caitlin Chambers, Garfield, 488.20; 2, Shelby Church, Jefferson, 355.30; 3, Tia Thomas, Federal Way, 349.70; 4, Emi Smith, Rogers, 339.10.
100 fly — 1, Kenna Ramey, Federal Way, 56.00; 2, Kalena Laurent, Cascade, 56.56; 3, Lorea Gwo, Newport, 56.57; 4, Emily Tanasse, Kentlake, 56.87.
100 free — 1, Hanna Bruggman, Wenatchee, 51.71; 2, Alana Pries, Emerald Ridge, 52.14; 3, Marley Cross, Garfield, 52.87; 4, Maria Volodkevich, Skyline, 53.13
500 free — 1, Felicity Cann, Stanwood, 4:57.78: 2, Nicole Weinman, Richland, 5:05.11; 3, Brianna Lucien, Mariner, 5:08.42; 4, Maggie Pana, Newport, 5:10.12.
200 free relay — 1, Cascade (Nichole Carlson, Darcie Booth, Danielle Booth, Kalena Laurent) 1:38.29; 2, Newport (Jenny Huo, Emily Waddell, Maggie Pana, Lorea Gwo) 1:39.77; 3, Wenatchee (Cassandra Peterson, Rachel Wilt, Victoria Peterson, Hannah Bruggman) 1:39.85; 4, Richland (Vanessa Whattam, Nicole Weinman, Lisa Bratton, Lauren Hall) 1:40.24.
100 back — 1, Lisa Bratton, Richland, 54.85; 2, Kaela McKee, Jackson, 55.95; 3, Megan Kawaguchi, Mount Rainier, 56.99; 4, Emily Tanasse, Kentlake, 57.07.
100 breast — 1, Carolyn McCann, Gig Harbor, 1:03.30; 2, Kayla Roberson, Inglemoor, 1:05.49; 3, Jocel Crawford, Garfield, 1:05.78; 4, Sage Speak, Inglemoor, 1:06.68.
400 free relay — 1, Cascade (Nichole Carlson, Darcie Booth, Danielle Booth, Kalena Laurent) 3:34.96; 2, Richland (Vanessa Whattam, Sarah Olsen, Nicole Weinman, Lisa Bratton) 3:35.03; 3, Newport (Elisa Fang, Maggie Pana, Lorea Gwo, Amelia Liu) 3:35.77; 4, Mount Rainier (Jackie Beal, Anna Burdine, Courntey Larson, Megan Dawaguchi) 3:39.27.