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Girls' Swim, Volleyball qualify for state

Photo courtesy of Paige Gardner Photo courtesy of Paige Gardner

Both Wa-Hi Girls’ Swimming and Volleyball competed in the state competition Nov 10-11.

In the entire state, only four volleyball teams from the East-side of Washington qualified. The girls traveled to the Toyota Center on Nov 10, and the games started at 1:30 p.m.

Girls’ Swim sent five girls to state in various individual events, as well as three relay teams. This is the greatest number of girls swimmers Wa-Hi has sent to state in years. Coach Nancy Rose is in her fourth year as coach, and has taken girls to state every year.

At regionals, Paige Gardner finished first in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, while Hally Ruff also finished second in both events. Laurel Skorina finished second in the 500-yard freestyle, while Kyra Hartley finished fifth and Hallee Yaw finished 10th.

Paige Gardner, Hannah Gordon, Hannah Gardner and Skorina placed first in the 200-yard freestyle, setting a school-record of 1:41.64. Skorina, Ruff, Hartley and Paige Gardner set school, pool and meet records with their first place finish in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3:40.21.

Hartley qualified in the 100-yard backstroke with a third place finish, and Hannah Gardner got a wildcard spot at state for her fourth place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The 200-yard medley team of Hannah Gardner, Ruff, Gordon and Hartley also qualified on a new school record time of 1:54.06. Hannah Gardner placed sixth in the 200-yard individual medley, and Gordon placed eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in the 100-yard butterfly. 

Congratulations to girls' volleyball and swim teams on their impressive state qualifications and their hard work at state. Results soon to come! 


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