"Girls Swimming: Raiders down Eagles, 98-82"

"Four Thomas Jefferson swimmers stand head and shoulders above their teammates as far as speed is concerned, but those four and their coach Kim Lowry will tell you the Raiders' success this season has been a team effort.Caitlin Friedhoff, Jessica Lee, Kristin Okazaki and Michelle Godwin combined for one relay and seven individual victories in the Jefferson's 98-82 win over Federal Way at the King County-Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center Tuesday afternoon.We've got a solid four that should be going to state, Lowry said. They carried us but it's been some of the second and third places that have carried us a lot.Lowry points out the efforts of Natalie Chase, Serena Satoran, April Armstrong and Stephanie Clary as instrumental in the Raiders' recent success.You don't always win meets by winning the events, Lowry said. These girls are getting a lot of second and thirds and I think that makes a difference.There certainly has been a difference in the Raiders' meets this season. The bottom line being they've won more than they've lost. The win over Federal Way improved Jefferson to 7-3 on the league season. The Raiders' haven't won more than a handful of meets during the past few seasons combined.We're better than the football teams, boasted Jefferson swimmer Jessica Lee.The improvement doesn't come as a surprise to the Raiders' top swimmer, Friedhoff, who already has state-qualifying times in five events.I knew we were going to be a pretty good team this year, Friedhoff said. We have a big team and we're pretty good swimmers. We don't have any bad swimmers.Friedhoff proved to be quite a good swimmer on Tuesday, swimming state times in both of her individual events. She won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.96 seconds and won the 100 freestyle in 54.46.Lee also won two events, the 200 free in 2:06.20 and 100 backstroke in 1:04.91.Okazaki was another two-event winner for the Raiders. She took the 200 individual medley in 2:20.71 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.65.Friedhoff, Lee and Okazaki teamed with Godwin to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:59.77.Jefferson's Hope Gordon won the diving competition and qualified for districts with a score of 156.35,Federal Way swimmers came through with two individual and two relay wins on Wednesday. Jevin Knight won the 500 freestyle in 5:45.84 and Virginia Larsen took the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.28. The Eagles also won the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 freestyle relay. "

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