MOSES LAKE — Preliminary races for the District 6 Championships were held at Moses Lake High School, with swimmers competing for a top-eight spot to qualify for a chance to qualify for State on Saturday.
Moses Lake head coach Tony St. Onge said he told his team when they finished Thursday that he felt this was one of the best performances the team had ever had at a District prelims maybe ever.
“They were excited, they were ready to go, they worked hard,” he said. “It's kind of like they're peaking at the right time. We were about 98 percent best times, almost 100 percent best times.”
Laurel Knox took the second best time in the 500-yard freestyle, with a run of 5:33.32. Knox also finished third in the 200 freestyle, with a time of 2:03.70.
Makhaela Parrish finished right behind Knox in the 200 freestyle, improving on her seed time by nearly seven seconds with a time of 2:04.88. Parrish also qualified with the fifth spot in the 100 freestyle.
Brittney Richeson also qualified in the 200 freestyle, in the eighth spot for Moses Lake. Richeson also finished fifth in the 500 freestyle.
Jessica Williams took sixth in the 200 individual medley and eighth in the 100 freestyle. Annika Burke took seventh in the 200 individual medley, while placing sixth in the 100-yard breast stroke.
Aniston Dana took the fourth best time in the 100 butterfly. Taytum Courtright finished eighth in the 100 yard backstroke. Macie Loutherback took eighth in the 100 breast stroke.
For the relay teams, Courtright, Burke, Dana, and Lydia Jensen finished fourth in the 200 medley relay. Richeson, Williams, Parrish, and Knox took third in the 200 freestyle relay, while the same team also took third in the 400 freestyle relay.
St. Onge said, going into the season, he wasn't sure they had anyone with a chance at making the trip to the state meet other than maybe Knox. Going into the meet, he said that number had grown to about six or seven.
“Now, everyone has a shot,” St. Onge said.
While the Moses Lake coach said some of the swimmers from Wenatchee have been stellar and tough to beat, he feels there's going to be a fight for the top two qualifying spots come Saturday afternoon. Now, St. Onge said, it's all competing.
“Now, the athletes step up, rise up, get that inner, competitive x-factor desire,” St. Onge said. “We've got some spots where we've got shots.”
Divers will have prelims today, beginning at noon at Moses Lake High School. Swimmers and divers will then compete in finals on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m, for their chance at a trip to State.