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SPORTS: Three Mid-Columbia swimmers receive No. 1 seeds for state

The first round of psych sheets for next weekend's state swimming and diving championships in Federal Way have arrived. The Mid-Columbia has landed three No. 1-seeded swimmers: Richland sophomore Lisa Bratton in the Class 4A 200-yard individual medley; Othello senior Natilee Ruiz in the Class 2A 200 IM and 100 freestyle; and Prosser junior Hailey Rankin in the Class 2A 500 free.

If you haven't seen our award-winning (in our dreams) "Back Page" high school football recaps, you know that we at the Tri-City Herald like to give shoutouts. So here's a shoutout to the Kennewick girls, who received a wild card in the Class 3A 200 free relay based off their third-place finish at districts. Should they choose to accept the wild card, they would become the first Kennewick relay team to compete at state. The final psych sheets will be released Tuesday.

Also, the Class 3A 100 butterfly could prove fruitful for our area, with four Mid-Columbia swimmers seeded in the top 10 and six in the top 20.

Here's the list of Mid-Columbia state competitors and wild cards:

Class 4A
200 medley relay:

9, Richland A 1:54.60; 21, Moses Lake A 1:58.48.

200 free:

13, Nicole Weinman (Rich) 1:58.53; 14, Emma Timm-Ballard (WW) 1:58.68;

200 IM:

1, Lisa Bratton (Rich) 2:05.87 (All-America cons); 18, Mackenzie Ruby (Rich) 2:17.36.

50 free:

22, Vanessa Whattam (Rich) 25.75; 23, Abby Crowley (WW) 25.79.

1-meter diving:

8, Sammy Hendrickson (ML) 327.55; 14, Hailey Garza (ML) 303.35; 21, Carly Garland (Rich) 273.45.

100 fly:

7, Sarah Olsen (Rich) 58.82.

100 free:

23, Vanessa Whattam (Rich) 56.33.

500 free:

5, Lisa Bratton (Rich) 5:11.90; 10, Nicole Weinman (Rich) 5:19.90; 11, Sarah Olsen (Rich) 5:20.14.

200 free relay:

17, Richland A 1:44.57; 23, Walla Walla A 1:46.04.

100 back:

4, Emma Timm-Ballard (WW) 58.80; 18, Mackenzie Ruby (Rich) 1:01.26; 19, Abby Crowley (WW) 1:01.53.

100 breast:

7, Courtney Schwiesow (ML) 1:09.04; 23, Hannah Pickett (Rich) 1:12.45.

400 free relay:

11, Richland A 3:46.98.

Class 3A
200 medley relay:

6, Hanford A 1:56.92; 8, Southridge A 1:57.33.

200 free:

16, Linnea Peacock (Han) 2:02.75; 17, Mylie Oberg (Han) 2:03.26.

200 IM:

5, Melissa Merrill (Han) 2:13.23; 12, Hailey Murphy (Ken) 2:14.87; 13, Lisa Tixier (Han) 2:14.88.

50 free:

2, Stephanie Tixier (Han) 24.92; 11, Alisha Sanchez (SR) 25.67.

1-meter diving:

6, Danielle Freund (SR) 343.35; 9, Danielle Brandon (Kam) 316.00; 15, Jessica Anderson (Kam) 272.30.

100 fly:

3, Stephanie Tixier (Han) 58.03; 6, Hailey Murphy (Ken) 1:00.71; 9, Rachel Schafer (SR) 1:01.57; 10, Katelyn McLaughlin (SR) 1:01.64; 13, Linnea Peacock (Han) 1:03.24; 20, Shaylee Kieffer (Han) 1:05.57.

100 free:

3, Melissa Merrill (Han) 53.60; 12, Megan O'Leary (SR) 55.93.

500 free:

12, Mylie Oberg (Han) 5:26.93.

200 free relay:

5, Hanford A 1:44.38; 6, Southridge A 1:45.26; 23, Kennewick A 1:55.18.

100 back:

11, Megan O'Leary (SR) 1:02.95; 12, Taylor Fievez (Han) 1:03.02.

100 breast:

13, Katelyn McLaughlin (SR) 1:11.33; 15, Marisa Broersma (Sun) 1:11.66.

400 free relay:

2, Hanford A 3:39.82; 7, Southridge A 3:49.36.

Class 2A
200 medley relay:

19, Prosser A 2:08.59.

200 IM:

1, Natilee Ruiz (Oth) 2:07.76.

100 fly:

2, Hailey Rankin (Pro) 1:00.43.

100 free:

1, Natilee Ruiz (Oth) 52.59.

500 free:

1, Hailey Rankin (Pro) 5:19.07.

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