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Decatur swims to second place at district championships; Friedhoff wins 500 free
By CASEY OLSON
The Decatur Gators were close, but in the end it was the Kentridge Chargers who walked away with the Class 4A West Central District girls swimming championship.
The Chargers totaled 163 points Saturday at Rogers High School to win their first-ever district title. Decatur was second with 154 team points.
The Gators made it close in the end with a victory in the final event of the district championships the 400-yard freestyle relay. Briley Boggs, Danielle Alger, Alyssa Boggs and Katie Matulic won the event in a time of 3:46.41 ahead of second-place Curtis (3:50.09).
But Kentridge had already clinched the team title by qualifying for the six-team final heat in the 400 free relay Friday afternoon. Kentridge ended up finishing sixth in the event.
The focus of several swimmers from the Federal Way school district now shifts to the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships. The event will be held Nov. 11-12 at the King County Aquatic Center. A full list of qualifiers will be released by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, but numerous Federal Way have already posted automatic qualifying times.
Jefferson sophomore Amy Friedhoff was the only individual from the Federal Way school district to win an event at the West Central District championships. Friedhoff cruised to a victory in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:09.96. Kentwoods Marley Prothero was second in 5:12.73.
Friedhoff also finished up in second place in the 200 free behind Kentwoods Courtney Eronemo, who will attempt to win her sixth state championship in six different events at the King County Aquatic Center. In the 200, Eronemo finished in 1:55.30, two seconds in front of Friedhoff.
Decaturs Matulic also had a solid meet. She finished up in third place in two of the best races of the day the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Both of the races were won by Auburn freshman Trisha Averill.
Averill pulled ahead in the closing 50-yard freestyle leg to touch out Kentwoods Prothero and Matulic in the individual medley. Averill went 2:11.14, Prothero 2:11.51 and Matulic 2:11.97.
Then in the 100 breaststroke, Averill, who was third behind Kentridges Kari Keller and Matulic going into the final turn, pushed past Keller in the last stroke to win, 1:08.89 to 1:09.02. Matulic was third in 1:09.82.
The Gators also got a second-place swim in the 200 medley relay behind Kentridge, a fourth place from Alger in the 200 free and a seventh in the 500 free, a fourth from Briley Boggs in the 50 free and a second in the 100 butterfly, and a seventh place swim from Alyssa Boggs in the 100 free. Federal Ways Bren Fejarang was fourth in the 50 free and 100 free and Beamers Eryn Murphy was seventh in the 50 free.
Jeffersons 200 free relay team was fifth and the Raiders 200 medley relay was sixth.
Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org