Swimming: Richland repeats as Mukilteo Invite champion

October 6, 2012 

The Richland Bombers will wear the Mukilteo Invitational crown for another year.

On Saturday at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center, the Bombers outswam Bainbridge 457-448 for the team championship.

Hanford, which shared the 2011 title with Richland, was fifth with 304 points.

Though several of their swimmers left after the 100-yard freestyle to get back in time for homecoming, the Bombers held on for the win.

“We left on the bus with 36 and are going home with 18,” Richland/Hanford coach Kathy Piper said via telephone. “We were a little nervous on the back half, but they swam awesome. We had three meet records.”

Two of them were individual marks by Lisa Bratton.

The junior defended her title in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 4.97 seconds, beating Liberty’s Makenna Briggs (2:09.05) and Hanford’s Lisa Tixier (2:14.31).

“I was kind of nervous,” Bratton said. “It kind of surprised me, but I was ready to go in there and race hard, and that’s what I did.” Bratton also clocked a state-qualifying time on her way to winning the 100 backstroke in 57.15 seconds.

Teammate Nicole Weinman finished with state-qualifying times when she won the 200 freestyle in 1:55.94 and the 500 free in 5:10.95.

Weinman and Bratton were on the 200 medley relay team that finished a hundredth of a second behind Bainbridge, but they joined Vanessa Whattam and Lauren Hall in qualifying Richland’s 200 free relay for state with a meet-record time of 1:41.67.

“We wanted to definitely come back and win again,” Weinman said. “But we had to pay attention to what we were trying to do and not worry about what they were doing and be into the wall on every relay we could.”

It also was a banner day for Mid-Columbia divers. Southridge’s Danielle Freund, a runner-up last year, took the title with 211.35 points. Kamiakin’s Danielle Brandon (206.45) was second, and teammate Jessica Anderson (182.80) placed fourth.

In the 100 butterfly, reigning champion Stephanie Tixier of Hanford clocked 58.11, second to Marysville-Pilchuck’s Hannah Taylor (57.30). Richland’s Sarah Olsen and Alyssa Musick, and Prosser’s Hailey Rankin also finished in the top 10.

Sunnyside’s Cassadie Moore (100 breaststroke) and South-ridge’s Katelyn McLaughlin (50 free) each recorded state-qualifying times with their runner-up finishes.

AT KING COUNTY AQUATIC CENTER, FEDERAL WAY

Team scores—1, Richland 457; 2, Bainbridge 448; 3, Cascade (Everett) 363; 4, Kamiak 310.50; 5, Hanford 304; 11, Southridge 190; 20, Kennewick 86.50; 25, Sunnyside 61; 26t, Kamiakin 53; 26t, Prosser 53.

200 medley relay—1, Bainbridge A (Shayla Archer, Ani Duni, Anna Peirano, Amanda Comeau) 1:53.77 (SQ); 2, Richland A 1:53.78 (SQ); 6, Hanford A 1:57.42 (SQ); 11, Southridge A 2:02.79; 15, Richland B 2:05.46; 16, Kennewick 2:05.85. 200 free—1, Nicole Weinman (Rich) 1:55.94 (SQ); 5, Hailey Rankin (Pro) 2:02.40 (SQ); 7, Mylie Oberg (Han) 2:03.66. 200 IM—1, Lisa Bratton (Rich) 2:04.97 (SQ); 3, Lisa Tixier (Han) 2:14.31 (SQ); 7, Cassadie Moore (Sun) 2:17.23; 13, Alyssa Musick (Rich) 2:18.92. 50 free—1, Hannah Bruggman (Wenatchee) 24.70 (SQ); 2, Katelyn McLaughlin (SR) 25.35 (SQ); 5, Vanessa Whattam (Rich) 25.58; 13, Kayla Burnight (Han) 26.43; 14, Lauren Hall (Rich) 26.51; 15, Samantha Lester (Ken) 26.54. Diving—1, Danielle Freund (SR) 211.35; 2, Danielle Brandon (Kam) 206.45; 4, Jessica Anderson (Kam) 182.80; 9, Kayla Lasater (Han) 143.90; 13, Amanda Anderson (Han) 123.90. 100 fly—1, Hannah Taylor (Marysville-Pilchuck) 57.30 (SQ); 2, Stephanie Tixier (Han) 58.11 (SQ); 4, Sarah Olsen (Rich) 59.36 (SQ); 7, Musick (Rich) 1:00.86; 9, Rankin (Pro) 1:02.27 (SQ); 14, McLaughlin (SR) 1:03.66; 15, Rachel Schafer (SR) 1:03.90. 100 free—1, Kalena Laurent (Cascade) 53.70; 4, S. Tixier (Han) 54.42 (SQ); 7, Whattam (Rich) 55.85; 14, Lester (Ken) 58.53. 500 free—1, Weinman (Rich) 5:10.95 (SQ); 4, Olsen (Rich) 5:22.55; 6, Oberg (Han) 5:28.07. 200 free relay—1, Richland A 1:41.67 (Whattam, Weinman, Bratton, Hall) (SQ); 3, Southridge A 1:45.76 (SQ); 16, Kennewick A 1:50.53. 100 back—1, Bratton (Rich) 57.15 (SQ); 11, Hall (Rich) 1:03.78; 15, Schafer (SR) 1:04.46. 100 breast—1, Melody Coleman (MP) 1:08.48 (SQ); 2, Moore (Sun) 1:08.68 (SQ); 5. L. Tixier (Han) 1:10.32 (SQ); 15, Alexis Murphy (Ken) 1:14.86. 400 free relay—1, Cascade (Nichole Carlson, Danielle Booth, Darcie Booth, Laurent) 3:43.21 (SQ); 4, Hanford A 3:47.46 (SQ); 6, Richland A 3:51.84.

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