MOSES LAKE — Laurel Knox shaved over 10 seconds off her preliminary time to win the 500-yard freestyle District championship and automatically qualify for the State meet Saturday at Moses Lake High School.
Knox previously missed earning a State berth in the 200 freestyle by less than two-tenths of a second; she left nothing to chance in the 500. After finishing second on Thursday, Knox improved by almost 11 seconds to win the race in 5:22.62.
Knox and Eisenhower's Addison Mitchell dueled in the 200 early in the meet, however, Mitchell was able to separate just enough to claim the second State berth in 2:00.47; Knox was close behind in 2:00.61.
Although she placed third, Lauren Tolley scored enough points to meet the qualifying standard for the State meet in diving. Tolley totaled 326.80 points, trailing only Emily Brault (338.95) and Kelsey McKay (358.70) of Wenatchee.
According to head coach Tony St. Onge, Moses Lake's 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams and diver Jessica Mendoza are wild card hopefuls.
Mendoza was fourth in diving with a score of 325.60. The 200 freestyle relay team of Makhaela Parrish, Brittney Richeson, Jessica Williams and Knox took third in 1 minute, 46.13 seconds. The 400 freestyle relay, comprised of the same swimmers, finished fourth in 3:54.39.
Wenatchee dominated the field en route to scoring 665 points to claim the team championship. Eastmont (364) was second and Moses Lake (340) was third.
The State meet begins Nov. 15 at King County Aquatics Center.
Royal, Warden eliminated from SCAC District Tournament; Wahluke advances
Royal and Warden girls soccer saw its seasons come to an end in the first round of the South Central Athletic Conference District playoffs.
Royal was shut out by Cle Elum-Roslyn 2-0. Grace Terrill scored in the 18th minute and Grace Jackson added an insurance goal in the 80th.
Warden lost at Highland 3-1. Top-seeded Wahluke held off Naches Valley 2-1 and will play Highland in the semifinals on Tuesday.
District 5/6 2A XC Championships/GNL Glue Meet
Team winner: Ellensburg 61. Local teams: 9. Ephrata 230, 10. Othello 251, 11. Quincy 318.
Individual winner: Shea Mattson, 14:49. Top locals: 25. Trenton Hawes, Ephrata, 16:33; 31. David Maldonado, Othello, 16:47.
Team winner: Ellensburg 39. Local teams: 5. Ephrata 128, 8. Othello 216.
Individual winner: Leah Holmgren, Ellensburg, 17:35. Top locals: 8. Bryn Heikes, Quincy, 18:38; 11. Kaidyn Johnson, Ephrata, 19:01; 14. Jane Kennedy, Quincy, 19:26.
Treasure Valley 3, Big Bend 0
ONTARIO, Ore. — Big Bend's playoff chances took a blow after a three-set loss at Treasure Valley 16-25, 19-25, 21-25.
Sadie Nielsen had 10 of Big Bend's 25 kills; Brynn McKnight, Payson Griner and Elli Rodgers added four each.
Big Bend (7-7, 17-12) must win its final two matches to make the NWAC Tournament.