Friedhoff swims to second place at state


Associate editor

After an early start disqualified her from the 50-yard freestyle preliminary race ŽÑ a race she was seeded second coming into the state meet ŽÑ Jefferson senior Caitlin Friedhoff regrouped and responded with a second-place finish in the state finals of the 100-yard freestyle race.

Friedhoff was second to defending state champion and South Puget Sound League rival Emily Kukors of Auburn, who swam the race in 50.29. Friedhoff finished in 51.61.

Friedhoff improved on last yearŽ’s third-place finish in the event. She was second her sophomore year.

On Friday, Friedhoff also anchored JeffersonŽ’s 200 medley relay team of ninth-grader Lindsey Hesla, ninth-grader Tasia Esparza and junior Kristin Okazaki. The team took fourth place in the state with a time of 1:53.72.

With the two ninth-graders and junior expected to be back on next yearŽ’s team, the Raiders could limprove and challenge for a state championship in the upcoming years.

Individually, Okazaki finished sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.18 and fifth in the 100 butterfly in 57.70.

JeffersonŽ’s 200 freestyle relay team of Friedhoff, Okazaki, Esparza and sophomore Brendy Stevens won the consolation final race with a time of 1:42.61 for ninth place overall.

DecaturŽ’s 200 freestyle relay team of Hong, senior Amber Spencer, senior Chris Heydon and sophomore Niko Olsrud finished sixth in the consolation finals for 15th place overall with a time of 1:44.96.

DecaturŽ’s 400 freestyle relay team of Spencer, Heydon, Olsrud and Hong finished fourth in the consolation finals for 12th place overall, swimming the race in 3:46.01.

In the overall team standings, Jefferson tallied 92 points, good enough for ninth place out of the 49 teams represented at state.

Rogers won the team title with 266 points.

Decatur was 16th with 48 points. No swimmers from Federal Way High School qualified for the state meet.

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