Junior standout helps Mavericks to second-place finish | Girls swimming
Last updated 10/25/2018 at Noon
If Meadowdale junior Grace Morgan was looking for that extra push, she found it.
Spurred on by her boisterous teammates and an enthusiastic crowd, the junior standout placed first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and recorded her best times of the season at the Edmonds School District swim championships Saturday, Oct. 20, at Lynnwood Pool.
Morgan edged teammate Jersey Razzano in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2 minutes 6.21 seconds. Razzano clocked in at 2:07:06. In the 500 freestyle, Morgan coasted to an easy victory in 5:30.01, far ahead of Mountlake Terrace’s Sally Benedict, who took second in 6:39.37.
“Those are the best in-season times that I’ve had,” Morgan said. “I think that the energy was great. That was my biggest support for my events.”
Morgan’s goal was to drop times at Saturday’s meet and she is closing in on a state cut in the 500 freestyle.
“I’m hoping at districts I can accomplish that,” Morgan said.
Morgan also swam on the Mavericks’ winning 200 freestyle relay along with teammates Hayley Ross, Emma Bray and Razzano. The Mavericks surprised everyone, including coach Julie Wakeman, with their first place finish in 1:52.64.
“They really showed what they’ve got,” Wakeman said. “We’re going to aim for that relay at districts.”
The 200 freestyle was a close race from start to finish between Morgan and Razzano, who bring out the best in each other.
“It’s great. She and I are just really good friends,” Morgan said. “The support that we give each other is what matters and I think both of us are pretty supportive of each other.”
Wakeman is looking forward to seeing how Morgan, Razzano, Bray and Ross perform at the district championships.
“I think they’re going to do amazing,” Wakeman said. “I can’t wait to see them in that kind of competition. The energy from the girls as a team was the best I’ve seen all year.”
Edmonds-Woodway senior Angella Kim closed out her final regular season meet with a pair of victories in the 50 and 100 freestyles. Kim won the 50 freestyle in 26.69 and took the 100 freestyle in 59.14. She also anchored the Warriors’ first place 400 freestyle relay team with teammates Ameila Rees, Elisa Park and Alexis Song, which finished in 4:05.94.
“We’ve been trying to push our endurance work,” Kim said. “So it’s really nice to see us strong. We dropped four seconds.”
Kim said she still has room for improvement in both her individual events.
“Hopefully by districts, I can go a little faster,” she said. “I’m excited for the postseason to see where I end up. Just getting to state is my main goal.”
Song also won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.81 and took second in the 200 individual medley in 2:27.86. She was edged out by Mountlake Terrace’s Bre Enriquez, who won in 2:27.79.
The Hawks won the team title with 515 points. Meadowdale took second with 411 and Edmonds-Woodway was third with 370. Lynnwood was fourth with 304.