Mount Rainier’s Felner places second in 200 IM
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.
Grace Felner of Mount Rainier High School starts her 200-yard Individual Medley on Saturday.