Beamer swimmers roll to South title

For the first time in the five-year history of Todd Beamer High School, the girls swim team will be hanging a South Puget Sound League South Division championship banner inside the school’s gymnasium.

The Titans rolled over the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles Wednesday in their regular season finale, 110-65. The win improved Beamer to 6-1 on the season and into a tie with perennial power Curtis. But the Titans downed the Vikings 95-90 on Sept. 27. Their only loss came to Rogers.

“It was a goal, but we weren’t sure that we could make it happen because there are some tough teams in our league,” said Beamer head coach Sue Bergman. “It feels great to be able to finally hang a banner in the gym. It shows that with hard work and team work, we can accomplish great things. Beating Curtis was a huge win for us this year and showed the team that we can achieve good things when we work together.”

The Titans did what they have been doing all season Wednesday against Graham-Kapowsin at the Pacific Lutheran University pool — used their depth. Beamer won 10 of the 12 events, including all three relays, and had seven different swimmers win individual races.

The Titans got victories from Madison Mayfield in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.95), Rachel Kim in the 200 individual medley (2:22.77), Eryn Murphy in the 50 free (25.74), Laura Schrader in diving (202.4 points), Kelly Erickson in the 100 butterfly (1:02.77), Jessica Soria in the 100 backstroke (1:06.11) and Caitlin Seo in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.97).

“The key has been to work hard and to build our endurance and our speed,” Bergman said. “It was also important for the girls to be able to rely on each other during practices and meets to cheer each other on and to challenge each other and push each other to always improve their times.”

Beamer, as well as the three other Federal Way School District swim teams, now turn their attention to the postseason. The SPSL Meet is scheduled for Oct. 20 at Rogers High School, the West Central meet will occur the following weekend at Rogers, and the Class 4A state meet will be Nov. 9-10 at the King County Aquatic Center.

“Of course, there are many great athletes in our district and state that we will be competing against, so we’ll see when we get there,” Bergman said. “I am just really proud of the team for what they have already accomplished this season.”

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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