Beamer wins SPSL swim title

One postseason meet down, two to go for the Todd Beamer girls swim team.

The Titans rolled to their second-straight South Puget Sound League championship Saturday at Curtis High School. Beamer tallied 221 points during the meet to outdistance second-place Kentridge (155 points).

Now, the Titans will focus their attention on Friday and Saturday’s West Central District Meet at Rogers High School and the Class 4A State Girls Swimming Championships, Nov. 14-15 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

The Titans picked up first-place finishes at the SPSL meet from their 200-yard medley relay team in an automatic state-qualifying time of 1:52.73 and also won the 200 free relay in a state time of 1:43.66. Individually, Rachel Kim won a pair of events in state-qualifying times. Kim rolled to an easy win in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.50, which was over three seconds better than second-place Kelsey Crowder of Decatur, and won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.24.

The Titans also got second-place swims from Eryn Murphy in the 50 and 100 free and Kelly Erickson in the 100 butterfly.

Jefferson ended up in fourth place in the team standings thanks to a pair of individual wins from freshman Amber Cratsenberg. Cratsenberg blew away the field in both races, winning each by nearly a second. She swam a time of 24.83 in the 50 and 54.42 in the 100.

Decatur also picked up a pair of individual titles Saturday at Curtis. Jacqueline Robinson-Hamm finished just ahead of teammate Angela Hansen in diving with 326.35 points and Briley Boggs won the 100 butterfly in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.55.

The Beamer and Jefferson cross country programs will be well-represented at this weekend’s West Central District meet. The two schools qualified both their boys and girls teams during Thursday’s SPSL Championships.

The Beamer boys finished up in third place overall over the 3.1-mile course at Fort Steilacoom Park and the Titan girls ended up fifth. The TJ girls finished third and the Raider boys finished ninth overall. Tahoma won both the boys and girls competitions.

The Jefferson girls were led by the 10th place finish of Vanessa Bennum in a time of 20:08. Teammate Lacey Printz ended up 12th (20:14) and Camryn Patrick was right behind in 13th place (20:17).

The Titan girls got a pair of solid runs from Taylor Kartes and Sarah Mussa. Kartes ended up fifth overall in a time of 19:58 and Mussa was right behind in sixth, in a time of 19:58.8.

Federal Way’s Jasmine Johnson also moved on to the district meet by finishing eighth overall in 20:02.7.

On the boys’ side, Beamer ended up third behind Tahoma and Auburn Riverside. The Titans had no runner finish in the top-15, but used its depth to move on to the district meet.

The Jefferson boys finished ninth thanks to the running of Chase Braxmeyer, who finished 10th at the SPSL meet in a time of 16:43.2.

The Westside Classic district meet will be held Saturday at the American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood. The top-six teams and the top-30 individual placers will advance to the Class 4A State Championships in the Tri-Cities.

Girls Soccer

The Todd Beamer Titans officially secured the school’s third-straight SPSL South Division championship. The Titans downed Puyallup Thursday, 1-0, and beat Curtis, 3-0, Saturday.

The victories moved Beamer to 13-0-1 in the South Division with two games remaining in the regular season.

Against Curtis, the Titans got goals from Holland Crook, Megan Miller and Jessica Niewoehner. Meghan Graf picked up the shutout in goal for the Titans.

Crook tallied Beamer’s only goal of the game against Puyallup on Thursday. Crook took a pass from Lindsey Richou in the 66th minute to break the scoreless tie. Freshman Jul Padawiltz earned the shutout in goal.

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders picked up a pair of huge wins last week to get closer to a berth into the SPSL Tournament. The Raiders beat Kent-Meridian Thursday, 10-0, and beat Federal Way Saturday, 3-0. The victories improved TJ to 7-5-3 on the season and left them in fourth place in the North Division with one match remaining.

The Raiders can guarantee a berth into the postseason with a tie or win over Kentridge on Thursday or a Federal Way tie or loss in their remaining two games.

Jefferson got a hat trick from Lauren Jerde during the win over Federal Way Saturday. Jerde scored in the 24th, 26th and 34th minutes and goalkeeper Liz Fitch got the shutout in net.

Against Kent-Meridian, the Raiders got two goals from Jerde, a hat trick from Hayley Albrecht and two goals from Kenna Friedman.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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