PT swim team posts best times at divisional meet

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The Port Townsend High School Redhawk swimmers enjoyed what coach Peter Braden deemed another successful meet at the Olympic League divisional meet Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Port Angeles.

All eight teams in the league competed, making this the lengthiest meet of the season. Events were divided into Silver and Gold divisions, based on swimmers’ times going into the meet, with those who had already made district or state times not included in those divisions.

According to Braden, the Redhawk swimmers posted many of their best times, especially by those in their first year of swimming.

To start the team off, the 200-meter medley relay of PT senior Corinne Pierson, sophomore Veda Dosey, junior Jamie Rogers and freshman Mary d’Arcy bested their already district-qualifying time, and in the 200-meter freestyle, freshman Emillia Nunn swam two seconds faster than her previous time, to finish fourth in the Silver division.

Dosey continued her speedy swimming by setting a personal best in the 50-meter freestyle, dropping a second and a half to place fourth in the Gold division.

“Veda swam her way onto our district 200-meter free relay with that swim,” Braden said.

PT freshmen Evelyn Lynn and Ella Brooks also improved their times in the same event.

Braden credited Brooks with having “the greatest improvement of any Redhawk” when she dropped seven seconds in her 100-meter freestyle and earned a fourth-place ribbon in the Silver division.

“That was a great swim for Ella,” assistant coach Shannon Minnihan said. “She’s been working hard, and it certainly showed!”

PT freshman Jenna Hiegel, sophomore Natalie Grant and Nunn all improved their 100-meter freestyle times as well.

In the 100-meter backstroke, PT senior Jayme Reidt posted a best time, improving by more than two seconds, and earned second place in the Silver division. Senior Halli Trafton swam in the same event, her final individual swim as a Redhawk, finishing second in the Gold division. Trafton will not travel to the district championship, but instead is off to Haiti for her senior project, where she will be busy constructing a school and a church, as well as working with children.

Most of the PT swim team travels to Hazen High School in Renton Nov. 3-4 for the West Central District III 1A/2A Championship. Braden and Minnihan expect great swims throughout the meet.

“Our girls will be ready, and the district as a whole is probably the fastest in the state, so we’ll see some amazing swims,” Braden said.

The top six finishers automatically qualify for the state championship Nov. 10-11, along with those who already swam a state-qualifying time. There is also the possibility of being picked as wild cards for the meet, to round out each event.

Braden noted that Pierson already has an automatic qualifying time in the 100-meter backstroke, and is hoping to qualify for the 100-meter fly, while the team as a whole is looking for one or two relays to make it to the state meet as well.

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