Richland senior McKenzie Schroder was announced Friday as the Mid-Columbia Conference swimmer of the year, while Hanford senior Kayla Lasater was named the MCC’s diver of the year.
Kamiakin’s Kathy Spane, who guided the Braves to the Class 3A district title, was announced as the coach of the year.
Schroder, Lasater and Spane were recognized at the district championships earlier this month in Ellensburg.
Class 4A state co-champion Richland swept all 12 MCC first-team slots, including the three relays. Schroder made the first team in the 100-yard freestyle and second team in the 200 free.
Freshman Claire Schaef, the state runner-up in the 500 free and the fifth-place finisher in the 200 free, was named to the first team in both events, as was junior Alyssa Musick in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Sophomores BreAnn Bell (50 free) and Katie Schroder (100 breaststroke), and juniors Kelsea Hinkley (1-meter diving) and Lauren Hall (100 backstroke) also received first-team honors.
Hanford snagged four all-MCC second-team spots with Lasater (diving), senior Janae Sullivan (50 free) and the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. Sullivan swam on both teams with freshmen Megan Gelston and Maddie Elliott, and senior Kayla Burnight.