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Prep sports wrap: Kim, Beamer swim past Decatur
The Todd Beamer girls swim team finished off their dual meet season with a 125-53 win over the Decatur Gators Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center. The win moved the Titans to 4-1 on the season and left them in a tie with Jefferson and Curtis.
Against Decatur, the Titans got a huge swim from Rachel Kim. The junior blew away the school record in the 500-yard freestyle by 30 seconds. The state-qualifying swim also gave Kim the mythical “Ironwoman” status for the season.
In swimming, “Ironwoman” means an athlete has posted state-qualifying times in all eight individual events during the season. The difficulty comes in the fact that a swimmer can only compete in two individual events during a dual meet and the Titans only had five meets during the season. The eight events are the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
Against Decatur, Beamer also got a pair of individual wins from Jessika Sutcliff in the 200 free, Jessica Soria in the 50 free, Kelly Erickson won the 100 butterfly in a state-qualifying time and Lesley Elijah won the 100 free.
The swimming postseason kicks off Sept. 24 with the SPSL Meet at Curtis High School. The West Central District Meet is scheduled for Oct. 30-31 at Rogers High School and the Class 4A State Girls Swimming and Diving Meet will be Nov. 13-14 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Federal Way Eagles continued their late-season push to the postseason with a 3-2 win over the Kentlake Falcons (7-4-1) Thursday. The win moved the Eagles (5-5-2) into a tie for the fourth and final playoff berth from the SPSL North Division with Kentridge and Auburn Riverside.
Federal Way has four games remaining during the SPSL North regular season. The Eagles take on Kentridge, Federal Way, Auburn and Tahoma.
Decatur (7-1-3) got four goals from for different players to down the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles Thursday, 4-0. Allison Lewis put the Gators on top with a goal in the ninth minute and Ashley Graves followed in the 24th to give Decatur a 2-0 lead at halftime. Lexie Gilbert and Ellie Franco added second-half goals and Kayla Lipston got the shutout in goal.
Beamer (8-2-2) dominated the winless Bethel Braves Thursday, 8-0, to remain in second place in the SPSL South.
The Titans got a pair of goals from Breanna Straus and McKayla Falecki and single goals from Lindsey Richou, Jessica Niewoehner, Sara Miller and Jasmine Brilliante. Meghan Graf got the shutout in goal for Beamer.
The Kentlake Falcons (2-3) got by Thomas Jefferson in four games Thursday night in a close match, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21. The loss dropped the Raiders to 1-4 in the SPSL North Division.
Jefferson got 32 assists from Allie Crowe, 15 kills and 10 digs from Katelyn Nugent and 14 kills and 17 digs from Kendra Ansotigue.