Beamer swimmers head to state championships

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For the second year in a row, the Todd Beamer girls swim team couldn’t get by the Gig Harbor Tides at the West Central District Swimming Championships.

Just like last year, the South Puget Sound League champion Titans ended up in second place in the team standings behind Gig Harbor, the Narrows League champs, inside the Rogers High School Aquatic Center on Saturday. Jefferson finished fourth behind Stadium, and Decatur followed in fifth place.

Gig Harbor didn’t win an individual or relay title at the district meet, but used its depth to outdistance Beamer. The Tides tallied 221 points, compared to 169 by the Titans.

Beamer picked up a pair of West Central District relay titles at Rogers. The Titans finished in front of Gig Harbor in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 free relay.

The medley relay team of Rachel Kim, Janelle Freeborn, Jessica Soria and Eryn Murphy won in a time of 1:52.31 and the 200 free team of Kelly Erickson, Soria, Kim and Murphy out-touched Gig Harbor in 1:40.99. Both Titan teams will swim at the Class 4A State Swimming Championships Nov. 14-15 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Individually, Decatur’s Briley Boggs remained untouchable in the 100-yard butterfly. The Gator senior won her third-straight West Central District title in the event in a blistering time of 56.83. Boggs’ swim was over four seconds better than second-place Savanah Coe from Jefferson.

Boggs has not lost a race in the 100 butterfly at the league or district level in three years. She finished sixth in the event at last year’s state championship in a time of 58.84. Redmond’s Maureen Cardwell won the state championship last year in a time of 57.17 inside the King County Aquatic Center. Boggs also will swim in the 50 free at the state meet after finishing second in 24.68.

Jefferson freshman Amber Cratsenberg out-touched Boggs in the 50-free final at districts. Cratsenberg, who hasn’t lost in the event this year, finished in 24.26. Boggs finished just behind in 24.68 and Beamer’s Eryn Murphy ended up third in 24.83.

Cratsenberg also ended up third in the 100 free and anchored TJ’s 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. The medley relay team of Janice Huynh, Coe, Michelle Hogan and Cratsenberg finished third and the free relay team of Baily Warrior, Huynh, Coe and Cratsenberg finished fourth.

Beamer’s Kim finished second in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.20 and third in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.68.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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