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ML girls swimming, diving to go to state

by Rebecca Pettingill
Staff Writer | November 10, 2021 1:00 AM

The Moses Lake girls swimming and diving team is sending nine athletes and three relay teams to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) state swim competition Friday and Saturday in Federal Way.

“Moses Lake High School girls swim and dive program hasn’t sent nine qualified athletes to the state competition in years, so we are really excited to show up and represent Moses Lake,” head coach Lindy Tracey said.

The following athletes will compete in the state competition for Moses Lake:

• Senior Laurel Knox, 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.

• Sophomore Issabelle Parrish, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.

• Junior Makhaela Parrish, 200-yard freestyle and 500-freestyle.

• Freshman Julia Heaps, 200-yard individual medley and 100- yard backstroke.

• Junior Aniston Dana, 200-yard individual medley.

• Freshman Kathryn Duvall, 100-yard breaststroke.

• Freshman Alli Hines, 100-yard backstroke.

• Junior Rebecca Shaporda, 1-meter dive.

• Junior Lydia Jensen, medley relay.

Moses Lake also will send three relay teams:

• 200-yard medley, Alli Hines, Kathryn Duvall, Aniston Dana and Lydia Jensen.

• 200-yard freestyle relay, Laurel Knox, Makhaela Parrish, Julia Heaps and Issabelle Parrish.

• 400-freestyle relay, Laurel Knox, Makhaela Parrish, Julia Heaps and Issabelle Parrish.

“Our 200 (-yard) free relay is sitting in second place right now, so you know we’ll be racing for the win. We have athletes who are competing to get top three in their individual races and those who are just trying to make it to finals to score points, but either way, every athlete has a goal and knows what they need to do to make a contribution to our overall team performance,” Tracey said.

The state competition is split into two days at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Preliminaries will be Friday and finals will be Saturday. 4A finals on Saturday start with warm-ups at 4:45 p.m., according to the WIAA website. Live streams for WIAA state events can be found on the NFHS Network, www.nfhsnetwork.com, or through the WIAA Live mobile app, which will also post live results.