Five-year-old records at risk at state meet this weekend | Girls swimming
In 2008, a talented group of swimmers set several state records, but this year’s state meet is full of girls who could surpass those marks.
Special to The Seattle Times
State at a glance
Where: King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way.
Friday: 4A swim and dive prelims at 9:45 a.m., 2A, 2:30 p.m., 3A, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4A finals at 9:30 a.m., 2A, at 2:15 p.m., 3A, 6:45.
THREE TO WATCH
Kim Williams, Bellevue – Defending 200 IM, 100 Breast titles may be just the beginning.
Kenna Ramey, Federal Way – Senior could break state records in 50 free and 100 butterfly this weekend.
Monica Bottelberghe, Columbia River – Just 10 weeks removed from cancer surgery, senior back to defend 200 free title.
They are names that are revered in Washington high-school swimming lore.
What the likes of Skyline’s Andie Taylor, Mount Rainier’s Leona Jennings, Peninsula’s Lindsey Marchand, Chelsea Bailey of Kentlake and Jackson’s Amber McDermott accomplished in 2008 was nothing short of remarkable.
That group of swimmers rewrote the state record book. This weekend, a new group is ready to assault that list.
Five years ago,Taylor, Marchand and company erased six of the eight individual event state records. Not state-meet records, though several of those fell as well, but overall state marks.
A year later, Eastlake’s Katie Kinnear would set the 100 butterfly state mark at 53.10 seconds. And in 2010, Taylor would eclipse the 200 freestyle record, lowering it to 1:46.55.
No swimmer really has come close since. All that could change when the state meet begins on Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The 200-yard individual medley, and Taylor’s record of 1:58.23, will see the most suitors. Michigan-bound Carolyn McCann from Gig Harbor, Texas A&M commit Lisa Bratton from Richland, and Bellevue’s Kim Williams all have a chance to lower the mark.
“I’ve known about it since last year,” said Williams, the defending 3A champion in the event.
Not that prior knowledge is needed to go after the record book.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what it was,” said Bratton, referencing Jennings’ record of 53.66 seconds in the 100 backstroke. “Now that number will be in my head. So, yeah.”
Bratton won the 4A title in the event as a junior in 54.85 seconds.
“I didn’t get a good start,” Bratton said. “I could not stop slipping (on the wall). I am feeling better about that this year.”
Bainbridge’s Shayla Archer, off to Utah next fall, is the defending 3A champ in the 100 backstroke.
Turning to the 100 fly, the event has belonged to Federal Way’s Kenna Ramey in 4A and Mercer Island’s Sabrina Kwan in 3A (55.85 a year ago). Ramey shaved two seconds off her time between the SPSL and West Central District meets, going 55.27 on Nov. 2 to set a new district record. If Ramey can take off another two seconds or so this week, Kinnear’s record also could fall.
Meadowdale’s Anna Keane and Ramey would need herculean efforts, but could take a shot at Jennings’ 22.92 in the 50 free, while Keane and Columbia River’s Monica Bottelberghe will take aim at Bailey’s 49.82 in the 100 free.
“They are within a shot,” Bottelberghe said, including Taylor’s 200 free mark of 1:46.55. “They’ve been a goal pretty much since last state, when I found out what they were.”
McCann (1:03.30) and Williams (1:03.49) each positioned themselves with victories a year ago in the 100 breast to take aim at Marchand’s 1:02.00 this week.
“It’ll definitely be fun,” McCann said. “We’re always competing.”