Mount Rainier’s Fel­ner places sec­ond in 200 IM

The News Tribune - - Sports - BY AARON LOMMERS Con­tribut­ing writer

Mount Rainier ju­nior Grace Fel­ner didn’t win the 200-yard In­di­vid­ual Med­ley at the 4A state swim­ming and div­ing cham­pi­onships at the King County Aquat­ics Cen­ter in Fed­eral Way on Satur­day, but when you fin­ish sec­ond to one of the top times in the his­tory of the state, it’s hard to be too up­set.

Fel­ner fin­ished with a time of two min­utes, 2.36 sec­onds, her per­sonal best and good enough for Al­lAmer­i­can con­sid­er­a­tion.

“It was re­ally good,” Fel­ner said. “I ran a per- sonal-best time. I def­i­nitely got a lit­tle tired dur­ing the race, but it’s fine. That’s just more to work on.”

Newport ju­nior Sa­man­tha Baron won the race with an au­to­matic Al­lAmer­i­can time of 2:00.86. Fel­ner stayed with Baron for most of the race, but Baron was able to pull away in the fi­nal 50 yards.

“My turns were a lit­tle slow, but that just means I have to work on fin­ish­ing races,” Fel­ner said.

Fel­ner had the 100 breast­stroke, an event she was seeded first in, still to swim when The News Tri­bune went to press on Satur­day.

Cur­tis ju­nior Molly Hickey also earned a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the 50 freestyle, fin­ish­ing with a time of 23.69. Like Fel­ner, Hickey had lit­tle rea­son to be up­set. She fin­ished sec­ond to North Creek’s Gabrielle Dang, who broke a 10-year-old state record, fin­ish­ing with a time of 22.91.

Hickey still had the 100 freestyle to swim at press time.

Heather Hop­kins, a sopho­more from Rogers, won the 4A 1-me­ter div­ing cham­pi­onship in the last event of the night be­fore the pa­per went to press, fin­ish­ing with a score of 407.00.

High­line se­nior Emily Zacharias came into the 2A fi­nal of the 200 IM as the No. 1 seed, but fin­ished in fourth place with a time of 2:13.42. Zacharias also fin­ished fourth in the 100 breast­stroke with a time of 1:08.11.

Fife ju­nior Tay­lor Bloe- dorn con­tin­ued the suc­cess lo­cal divers have been hav­ing this week­end by win­ning the 2A state cham­pi­onship in 1-me­ter div­ing. Bloe­dorn fin­ished with a score of 323.20. Steila­coom’s Julie Burlingame fin­ished fourth with a score of 300.45. In the 3A div­ing fi­nals, Gig Har­bor fresh­man Shaye DiMat­teo placed fourth with a score of 362.00. DiMat­teo’s se­nior team­mate, Kirsten Vor­pahl, placed sixth with 314.70 points.

Black Hills ju­nior Emma Pry­byl­ski placed third in the 2A 500 freestyle fi­nals, fin­ish­ing with a time of 5:25.25. Her se­nior team­mate, Rylee Den­ney, placed fourth in the 100 but­ter­fly with a time of 1:00.64.

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PETER HA­LEY pha­ley@the­new­stri­bune.com

Grace Fel­ner of Mount Rainier High School starts her 200-yard In­di­vid­ual Med­ley on Satur­day.

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