2A girls swimming: Liberty rolls to first state title
Liberty advanced 12 of 14 individual swims, all three relays and two divers into the 2A championship finals. In the end, that translated to a 2A meet record 348 points and a dominating first state swim title over runner-up Sehome at 188 points.
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FEDERAL WAY — It wasn’t a matter of if, only by how much the Liberty Patriots would lap the field at the 2A girls state swim meet.
Liberty advanced 12 of 14 individual swims, all three relays and two divers into the championship finals on Saturday night at King County Aquatic Center. In the end, that translated to a 2A meet record 348 points scored and a dominating first state swim title over runner-up Sehome at 188 points.
As easy as it turned out to be, the idea of being a state champion took some getting used to.
“I’m getting there,” Liberty coach Kris Daughters said. “It’s hard. I’ve never even been in the Top 4 with the girls. We’ve gotten there with the boys.”
The Patriots opened the meet by taking down Squalicum’s 2011 meet record in the 200 medley relay. Liberty went 1 minute 51.40 seconds to better the Storm’s 1:51.89.
And the Patriots weren’t done.
Liberty took down the 400 free relay record to end things in 3:37.43.
Even when Liberty didn’t win a race, it won on Saturday. Cecilia Nelson finished second in the 200 freestyle at 1:56.47. But when Ellensburg’s Krista Wilson, the winner in the pool, was disqualified, Nelson took the title while teammate Ellie Hohensinner grabbed second.
By the time senior Mackenna Briggs got to swim, in the 50 free (that’s the fourth event), the race for the title was all but over. That didn’t stop Briggs from winning her two events.
The University of San Diego-bound senior swam the fourth-fastest 2A time ever at 23.78 seconds to win the 50 free. She had posted the third-fastest time on Friday in the prelims at 23.75.
“I was so nervous for some reason,” Briggs said. “Anything can happen in the 50. But that’s OK, next race.”
That next race, Briggs lowered the meet record of 55.87 seconds she set on Friday in the 100 butterfly, winning the title in 55.65. It all added up to a Swimmer of the Meet award for Briggs.
• Pullman’s Taylor McCoy, a sophomore, was the only other double winner of the meet. McCoy defended her 200 IM and 100 back titles. With four individual wins in two years, McCoy remains in contention to join a select group that have won eight career titles.
• Archbishop Murphy’s Reilly Krueger scored 350.95 points to win the diving. It was the second-highest total ever in 2A.