High school athletes swim to success at state championship meet

Decatur, Beamer, Federal Way swimmers earn state placing, 1st Team honors.

Athletes from Decatur, Federal Way and Todd Beamer high schools dominated the pool at the WIAA State Swim & Dive Championship meet, hosted on Nov. 9-10 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

As for high school team triumph, Decatur placed 14th in state, followed by Todd Beamer in 25th place and Federal Way in 30th place.

“The team did great, as this was the biggest group that qualified in years,” said Decatur senior Jewel Springer. “It was a great bonding experience for all of us.”

Aside from her success at state, Springer also won MVP for the NPSL Olympic Division and first team honors.

“State went well for me, especially at prelims,” she said. “Finals was rough but it was still a fun experience. I am super thankful that I got MVP, and I am excited to see how the team grows in years to come.”

Todd Beamer senior Stephenie Gunn also won MVP for the NPSL Olympic Division for diving and first team honors.

Results:

200 Medley Relay

19th, Decatur Jewel Springer, Kimberly Walling, Lillian Tucker, Kylee Greseth; 1:55.79

200 Freestyle Finals

15th, Decatur sophomore Kimberly Walling, 2:00.20

200 Individual Medley

8th, Decatur senior Jewel Springer, 2:09.33

Diving

3rd, Beamer junior Stephenie Gunn, 329.70

13th, Decatur freshman Angela Luke, 283.55

100 Butterfly

15th, Federal Way sophomore Sarah Jacobson, 58.88

100 Freestyle

19th, Federal Way junior Breanna Ross, 55.74

500 Freestyle

15th, Decatur sophomore Kimberly Walling , 5:23.11

100 Backstroke

11th, Federal Way sophomore Sarah Jacobson, 59.60

12th, Decatur senior Jewel Springer, 1:00.05

100 Breaststroke

7th, Decatur sophomore Lillian Tucker, 1:07.48

400 Freestyle Relay

15th, Decatur Kimberly Walling, Kylee Greseth, Jewel Springer, Lillian Tucker; 3:47.04

NPSL All League Olympic Division First Team honors

Decatur senior Jewel Springer and sophomore Kimberly Walling; Federal Way junior Breanna Ross and sophomore Sarah Jacobson.

NPSL All League Olympic Division Second Team honors

For diving, Decatur freshman Angela Luke; For swim, Decatur sophomore Lilly Tucker and freshman Kylee Greseth; Federal Way sophomore Caitlyn Lo; Thomas Jefferson junior Emily Nguyen.

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