MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake swim and dive is preparing for the State meet, which begins Friday.
Four swimmers and two divers have qualified for competition with their performances at the District finals at Moses Lake High School. Five alternates will also travel with the team to the meet.
Moses Lake head coach Tony St. Onge said he and other coaches have tried to do all they can to prepare the team for the meet this weekend.
“We pushed them, as a coaching staff, as hard as we could and they responded,” St. Onge said. “The real key for us this year is we just kept getting better every week.”
A key for getting so many participants qualified for State, St. Onge said, was having some of their best times at the District finals and late in the season.
“We peaked at the right time,” he said. “The key for these girls getting to State this year, they peaked at the right time and they had their fastest times at the right time.”
Not sending any swimmers to State last season, the Moses Lake coach said he was happy they were able to send senior Brittney Richeson with the 200 and 400 freestyle relays in her final year with the Chiefs. For the younger athletes, it gives them a chance to get the feel for what it takes to reach this level, as well as what to expect once they’ve made it.
“One of the biggest things we take away is now they know, Moses Lake Chiefs, this is how we train,” St. Onge said. “Next year it’s not, ‘Oh boy, we made it to State,’ next year it’s OK, we’ve been there before, we know what’s expected.”
With the underclassmen, St. Onge said he hopes the experience can help lead to them sending even more relays and players next season, as well as producing a State qualifying team earlier in the year.
Now, down to the final meet of the season, St. Onge said it all comes down to confidence.
“Make it happen at that point in time,” he said. “Throw the garbage out, forget about tomorrow. Right here, right now, let the race happen.”
Below is a list of the Chiefs who will be heading to the State swim and dive meet and their seeding:
Laurel Knox: 200 Free (18th), 500 Free (12th)
Lauren Tolley: Dive (13th)
Jessica Mendoza: Dive (15th)
Makhaela Parrish, Brittney Richeson, Jessica Williams, Laurel Knox: 200 Free (23rd), 400 Free (20th)
Alternates: Anniston Dana, Annika Burke, Lydia Jensen, Macie Loutherback, Tatum Courtright