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State swimming finals here Saturday

The Washington State Class 4A swimming and diving state championships conclude today at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

The preliminary round of swimming was yesterday.

Expected to be in this year’s finals are Jefferson junior Caitlin Friedhoff, Jefferson sophomore Kristin Okazaki, Decatur junior Sandy Hong and Decatur senior Christina Hussong. Decatur senior Cynthia Silver should make the consolation finals.

Additionally, Decatur and Jefferson relay teams could sneak into the finals with solid performances in the preliminary races.

The top 16 finishers in the preliminary round yesterday advance to today’s finals and consolation finals.

Last year as a sophomore, Friedhoff was second in the 100-meter freestyle at the state finals. She was a little more than one second behind Snohomish’s Erica Chandler. So far this year, Friedhoff is the fourth seed behind No. 1 Emily Kukors of Auburn, Chandler, and Roosevelt junior Jill Kripps.

All four have clocked fast enough times this season for All-American consideration and are expected to have a showdown in today’s state finals.

Also last year, Friedhoff was second in the 50 freestyle finals. She was just nine hundredths of a second behind Kripps. This year entering the championship meet, Friedhoff has the third fastest time in the state in the 50 free. Kripps, who edged Friedhoff in the state finals last year, is the fastest so far this year. Just half a second separates the top five swimmers in the 50 free, ensuring today’s final will be close.

“She should do pretty good,” Jefferson coach Kevin Zacher said of Friedhoff. “She’s been rested for a couple weeks and should swim fast.”

Last year as a sophomore, Decatur’s Hong made it to the finals of the 200 freestyle and finished sixth. Now a junior, Hong is seeded fifth entering this year’s state competition. She is also the third seed in the grueling 500 freestyle.

“I hope she’ll do about the same or better than last year, maybe improve a little bit,” Knapton said.

Hong will receive competition from Bremerton senior Dana Kirk, who is on the U.S. National Team and hadn’t swam on her high school team until this year.

Decatur senior diver Hussong is expected to be one of the top contenders for the state championship this year. She was third last year behind No. 1 Michelle Hager, who graduated, and No. 2 Hali Saucier, who is competing in the Class 3A state finals. Other divers who should push Hussong for the title include Stadium’s Laura Schuur and Woodinville’s Lindsey Draper, who were fourth and fifth last year, respectively.

“She should do well,” Decatur coach Tom Knapton said of Hussong. “If she dives well, it will come down to her and the girl from Woodinville (Lindsey Draper).”

Hussong has been diving well lately, Knapton said. She broke the school record in the last dual meet of the season and won districts. She also won the state allocation meet.

Jefferson sophomore Kristin Okazaki is the eighth-seeded swimmer entering the state championships of the 100 butterfly. She also qualified for state in the 200 individual medley. A solid performance in the preliminary round could put her in today’s finals, Zacher said.

Decatur senior Cynthia Silver made it to state in the 200 freestyle race. With a good swim, she could potentially reach the consolation finals today.

Decatur and Jefferson both have teams in the 200 and 400 relays. Decatur is the eighth seed in the 200 freestyle relay and Jefferson is the 11th seed.

Decatur’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams are composed of Hong, Silver, Amber Spencer and Chris Heydon.

Knapton said he expected the team to reach the finals in both events.

Jefferson’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams are both made of Friedhoff, Okazaki, Brendy Stevens and Jessica Lee.

Decatur also has a team in the 200 medley relay.

Decatur’s 200 medley relay team is Silver, Spencer, Heydon and Niko Olsrud, which made it to state on a wild card allocation. Silver, Spencer and Heydon swam the event at last year’s state meet with graduate Hannah Jo and finished 14th.The Washington State Class 4A swimming and diving state championships conclude today at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

The preliminary round of swimming was yesterday.

Expected to be in this year’s finals are Jefferson junior Caitlin Friedhoff, Jefferson sophomore Kristin Okazaki, Decatur junior Sandy Hong and Decatur senior Christina Hussong. Decatur senior Cynthia Silver should make the consolation finals.

Additionally, Decatur and Jefferson relay teams could sneak into the finals with solid performances in the preliminary races.

The top 16 finishers in the preliminary round yesterday advance to today’s finals and consolation finals.

Last year as a sophomore, Friedhoff was second in the 100-meter freestyle at the state finals. She was a little more than one second behind Snohomish’s Erica Chandler. So far this year, Friedhoff is the fourth seed behind No. 1 Emily Kukors of Auburn, Chandler, and Roosevelt junior Jill Kripps.

All four have clocked fast enough times this season for All-American consideration and are expected to have a showdown in today’s state finals.

Also last year, Friedhoff was second in the 50 freestyle finals. She was just nine hundredths of a second behind Kripps. This year entering the championship meet, Friedhoff has the third fastest time in the state in the 50 free. Kripps, who edged Friedhoff in the state finals last year, is the fastest so far this year. Just half a second separates the top five swimmers in the 50 free, ensuring today’s final will be close.

“She should do pretty good,” Jefferson coach Kevin Zacher said of Friedhoff. “She’s been rested for a couple weeks and should swim fast.”

Last year as a sophomore, Decatur’s Hong made it to the finals of the 200 freestyle and finished sixth. Now a junior, Hong is seeded fifth entering this year’s state competition. She is also the third seed in the grueling 500 freestyle.

“I hope she’ll do about the same or better than last year, maybe improve a little bit,” Knapton said.

Hong will receive competition from Bremerton senior Dana Kirk, who is on the U.S. National Team and hadn’t swam on her high school team until this year.

Decatur senior diver Hussong is expected to be one of the top contenders for the state championship this year. She was third last year behind No. 1 Michelle Hager, who graduated, and No. 2 Hali Saucier, who is competing in the Class 3A state finals. Other divers who should push Hussong for the title include Stadium’s Laura Schuur and Woodinville’s Lindsey Draper, who were fourth and fifth last year, respectively.

“She should do well,” Decatur coach Tom Knapton said of Hussong. “If she dives well, it will come down to her and the girl from Woodinville (Lindsey Draper).”

Hussong has been diving well lately, Knapton said. She broke the school record in the last dual meet of the season and won districts. She also won the state allocation meet.

Jefferson sophomore Kristin Okazaki is the eighth-seeded swimmer entering the state championships of the 100 butterfly. She also qualified for state in the 200 individual medley. A solid performance in the preliminary round could put her in today’s finals, Zacher said.

Decatur senior Cynthia Silver made it to state in the 200 freestyle race. With a good swim, she could potentially reach the consolation finals today.

Decatur and Jefferson both have teams in the 200 and 400 relays. Decatur is the eighth seed in the 200 freestyle relay and Jefferson is the 11th seed.

Decatur’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams are composed of Hong, Silver, Amber Spencer and Chris Heydon.

Knapton said he expected the team to reach the finals in both events.

Jefferson’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams are both made of Friedhoff, Okazaki, Brendy Stevens and Jessica Lee.

Decatur also has a team in the 200 medley relay.

Decatur’s 200 medley relay team is Silver, Spencer, Heydon and Niko Olsrud, which made it to state on a wild card allocation. Silver, Spencer and Heydon swam the event at last year’s state meet with graduate Hannah Jo and finished 14th.

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