TJ's Friedhoff swims to a pair of thirds


The Mirror

The future looks pretty bright for Thomas Jefferson freshman swimmer Amy Friedhoff.

The ninth-grader took home a pair of bronze medals from Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center.

Friedhoff finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500 free Saturday afternoon. Gig Harbor junior Krissy Forelli, who didn’t swim last season to concentrate on qualifying for the United States Olympic Trials, won both events in All-American times. Freidhoff swam a personal-best 1:54.35 in the 200 final (three seconds behind Forelli) and a 5:10.84 in the 500 final. The time in the 200 earned Friedhoff All-American consideration.

The TJ freshman’s performance helped the Raiders finish up in 22nd place overall with 36 team points. Inglemoor won the Class 4A title with 168.5 over second-place Gig Harbor. Decatur finished up in 31st with 27 team points.

Jefferson finished up in 15th place in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:44.86. The team included Friedhoff, senior Brendy Stevens, and juniors Tasia Esparza and Kerri Blegan. The same four failed to qualify for the finals in the 400 free relay Friday. Esparza also swam in the 100 butterfly at the state meet, but failed to qualify for the final after Friday’s preliminary swim.

The future also looks solid for Decatur freshman Katie Matulic, who experienced multiple swims at the state championships.

The highlight race of the Class 4A meet was undoubtedly the 100-yard breaststroke, which wasn’t real good news for Matulic. All eight of the swimmers in the “A” final swam All-American times during Friday’s preliminary round. Oak Harbor’s Missy McIntyre, who is headed to the University of Southern California next year, won the event in 1:02.81, just .4 off her state record, which was set at last year’s state meet.

Matulic won the consolation final (ninth place) in a personal-best time of 1:07.95. Entering the state meet, Matulic’s best was a 1:09.3.

Matulic did swim in the 200 individual medley final, where she finished sixth in a time of 2:10.45. Kentwood’s Courtney Eronemo won the IM in 2:03.40.

Matulic was also part of a pair of Decatur relay teams. Decatur’s 200 medley relay team (senior Niko Olsrud, sophomore Jill Heydon and sophomore Alyssa Boggs) didn’t qualify for either of the two final heats Saturday and the 200 free relay team of Matulic, Boggs, Olsrud and Danielle Alger also failed to have one of the top-16 qualifying times.

Boggs also swam in the 100 and 200 freestyles at the state meet. The sophomore finished 12th overall in the 200, but bettered her personal-best time by over two seconds with a 2:00.91. She failed to qualify for the 100 free final.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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