TJ's Friedhoff snares two more district swim titles

The West Central District Girls Swimming Championships have been very kind to Thomas Jefferson senior Amy Friedhoff over the years.

Friedhoff won her sixth and seventh individual district titles Saturday at the Rogers High School Aquatic Center in Puyallup with championships in the 500- and 200-yard freestyle events. Friedhoff has won the 500 every year in her four-year career at TJ and has won the 200 three times.

But those district titles have translated into any state championships for Friedhoff. The TJ senior will have one last shot Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center. Friedhoff has a pair of state silver medals and three third-place finishes in the past three years.

Friedhoff won the 200 Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 54.44 seconds and won the 500 in 5:04.03. Her only district loss in either the 200 and 500 came to former Kentwood standout Courtney Eronemo at the 2005 meet.

Although Friedhoff was the individual star from the Federal Way school district, the Todd Beamer High School team was also very impressive.

The South Puget South League champion Titans were leading the Narrows League champion Gig Harbor Tides entering the final race of the West Central District meet Saturday, meaning the Tides needed a victory to win the team title.

And that’s exactly what Gig Harbor got. The Tides 400 freestyle relay team of KC Hughes, Brooke Dacus, Danielle Ellis and Brianne Lind won in a time of 3:43.72.

Gig Harbor won the meet with 170 points. Beamer took second with 168 and Stadium finished third with 141. Despite the second-place finish, the Titans won titles in the 200 free relay (1:42.22) and the 200 medley relay (1:54.11), while junior Eryn Murphy won the 50 free (25.37) and finished second in the 100 free (54.84).

The 200 free relay team of Kelly Erickson, Jessica Soria, Murphy and Rachel Kim broke the Rogers pool record in the event with Saturday’s swim, winning in a time of 1:42:22. The previous record was 1:42.59, set by Kentwood in 2002.

Decatur junior Briley Boggs won the 100 butterfly in 58.75, beating Soria by a little over a second. The two swimmers finished first and second last year. Beamer’s Erickson finished third in the race.

In Thursday’s diving meet at Foss High School, Decatur sophomore Angela Hanson won the event with an impressive score of 286.25, while Stadium senior Erica DeVries took second with 284.85.

Decatur’s Katie Matulic picked up a second in the 200 individual medley and a third in the 100 backstroke.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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