SPORTS: Sequim and Port Townsend send athletes to state girls swimming championships

RENTON — Swimmers from the Sequim and Port Townsend girls swimming teams advanced to the state championships.

Swimmers finished in seventh place or better at the West Central District meet, held Thursday and Saturday at Hazen High School.

Sequim’s Rachel Hardy qualified for state in two events for the Wolves.

She captured fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.85 and she took sixth in the 100 free with a time of 1:00.26.

The state meet is scheduled for the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The Class 2A preliminary swims will happen on Thursday afternoon while the finals will be on Friday afternoon.

Sequim also had two relay teams at the district meet that captured ninth place each.

The same four girls, Hardy, Rachel Hughes, Gianna Vennetti and Cassandra Calderon swam in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

PT to state

The Port Townsend 200 medley relay qualified for 1A state with a seventh place finish.

The swimmers are Mazy Braden, Hana McAdam, Olivia Cremeans and Renada Walcome.

They swam in a time of 2:07.86 — nearly 2 seconds faster than their preliminary time.

They finished only about a second behind last year’s state team of Darby Flanagan, Serena Vilage, Olivia Cremeans,and Julia Griffiths.

The 400 freestyle relay of Madison Braden, Olivia Cremeans, Darby Flanagan and Renada Walcome finished eighth at district with a new team record of 4:17.89.

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