Prep stars of the week
Tommy Thach, Kayla Porter and the Bellevue boys’ swim team are highlighted.
Tommy Thach, Kennedy Catholic boys swimming
Thach, a senior headed to Texas Christian University, was part of two record-setting performances — and four wins overall — to help the Lancers win the Seamount League meet. He set a standard of 50.67 in the 100 butterfly and also won the 200 individual medley (2:00.99). The 200 medley relay clocked a record 1:41.03, while the 400 free relay won in 3:19.17. “Tommy Thach is one of the most exceptionally talented students and athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Kennedy coach Sean Prothero said. “He continually pushes himself and those around him to be better both in and out of the pool.”
Kayla Porter, Auburn Mountainview gymnastics
Porter wowed the crowd at the SPSL 3A/2A meet, sweeping all four individual titles and posting an impressive 38.375 to take all-around honors — her best score of the season. The sophomore also hit a season-high 9.8 on the uneven parallel bars. Her other winning marks were 9.575 on floor exercise, 9.55 on balance beam and 9.45 on vault. “She loves gymnastics and works hard at it,” coach Andrew Stranack said. “Her hard work is paying off.”
Bellevue boys swim team
Coach Andy Hay’s crew captured the top spot at the KingCo Conference championship meet, a title Mercer Island had won or shared the previous 15 years in a row. The Wolverines didn’t win an event, but used their depth to pile up 549 points to 517 for Mercer Island. “The boys are hungry,” said Hay, in his fourth season as head coach. “It has been a long time since we were able to put together a squad like this and we plan to take advantage of that not just this year but for years to come.”