Swim teams jumping into the season


Associate editor

Although swimmers have already competed in three meets this season, it seemed like a good time to get to this yearŽ’s swimming preview, before the state meet actually starts in November.

In fact, some swimmers already have qualified for state.

Jefferson, Federal Way and Decatur traditionally have strong swimmers on their teams, and this year is no different.

Among the best of area swimmers are Jefferson senior Caitlin Friedhoff, Jefferson junior Kristin Okazaki and Decatur senior Sandy Hong.

Friedhoff is a two-time district champion in the 50 freestyle and finished second in the 100 free at the SPSL meet. At state, Friedhoff finished third in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free.

This season, she already has qualified for state in five events and will try to qualify in every event.

Ž“WeŽ’ll see if sheŽ’ll be able to do it,Ž” said Jefferson coach Malcom Neely. Ž“ThereŽ’s usually one stroke that hangs people up. WeŽ’ll see if she can be an iron-woman.Ž”

Hong is a two-time district champion in the 200 free and 500 free. She was second at state in the 500 and placed fifth in the 200. SheŽ’s qualified for state in both events and is looking to get a shot at a state championship.

Okazaki placed seventh in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 butterfly as a sophomore at last yearŽ’s state meet. SheŽ’s qualified for state in both events this year.

Decatur and Jefferson will also have relay teams represented at state. Both schools send 200 and 400 relay teams last year and look to do the same this year.

While Rogers will likely win another district title, area swimmers likely will make a splash at state.

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