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Loud and clear: Jefferson takes first-ever All-City Swim Meet

Thomas Jefferson’s Alice Jeong swims the freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay Tuesday at the King County Aquatic Center. TJ won the four-team meet.  - Casey Olson/The Mirror
Thomas Jefferson’s Alice Jeong swims the freestyle leg of the 200-yard medley relay Tuesday at the King County Aquatic Center. TJ won the four-team meet.
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The pre-meet cheers Tuesday afternoon filled the cavernous King County Aquatic Center. That’s just what happens at high school girls swimming and diving meets.

But those pre-meet rah-rah sessions proved to be a forecast of things to come at the first Federal Way All-City Meet. The Thomas Jefferson Raiders not only had the loudest cheer, but also the longest and most intricate.

The Raiders used that momentum and rolled to the victory in the four-team meet. Jefferson edged out Beamer with 142 total points. The Titans tallied 126. Decatur finished in third place with 83 points and Federal Way ended up fourth with 81.

“(The girls) swam an amazing meet and this should help them get fired up for the start of the season,” said TJ head coach Wendy Neely.

The Raiders put the meet away in the final two events of the afternoon. Entering the 100-yard breastroke and the 4x400 freestyle relay, Jefferson and Beamer were tied atop the standings with 109 points each.

But Savannah Coe’s second-place finish in the breaststroke — behind Decatur’s Katie Matulic — gave the Raiders a two-point advantage heading into the relay. And the TJ team of Amy Friedhoff, Janice Huynh, Elyse Bevers and Coe clinched the overall team win with a first-place swim in the freestyle relay. The Raider team outdistanced the Federal Way foursome of Kaia Barth, Dalynn Wingard, Kayla Ramey and Bren Fejarang.

The idea of holding an All-City Meet between the four Federal Way district high schools was hatched during last year’s boys West Central District Meet.

“Some of us coaches were talking about doing this and we thought it would be fun,” said Todd Beamer High School head coach Sue Bergman.

So before the girls’ season kicked off this summer, Bergman made initial contact with Greg Flynn, the district’s athletic liaison, and the other three coaches e-mailed him about their interest in holding the meet at the Aquatic Center.

“We got the OK and we each took a part in the organization of getting timers, officials and score keepers,” Bergman said. “It was so much fun for the girls to compete against each other. It’s a very friendly rivalry, since most of the girls are friends.”

The meet also produced several state-qualifying times in its first go-round. State meet veterans Friedhoff and Decatur’s Briley Boggs not only won a pair of individual events on Tuesday, but both of their victories were in state-qualifying times.

Friedhoff won the 200 free in a time of 2:00.69 and the 100 free in 55.07 at the All-City Meet. Last year, she finished third in the 200 and second in the 500 free at the state meet.

Boggs swam state-qualifying times in the 50 free (25.62) and 100 butterfly (1:00.45) after swimming in those two events at last year’s state championships. Boggs finished fourth in the 100 butterfly and 13th in the 50.

Other winning state times posted at the Federal Way All-City Meet were turned in by Beamer’s 200 medley relay team of Rachel Kim, Jenelle Freeborn, Jessica Soria and Eryn Murphy (1:55.97), Matulic in the 200 individual medley (2:14.08) and Kim in the 100 backstroke (1:02.10). Other state-qualifying times Tuesday came in second-place performances by Murphy in the 50 free (25.67) and Soria in the 100 butterfly (1:01.80).

Other individual winners Tuesday were Beamer’s Laura Schrader in diving with 161.55 points, Decatur’s Kelsey Crowder in the 500 free (5:36.99) and the Beamer 200 free relay (1:48.07).

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, sports@fedwaymirror.com

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