Janelle Rudolph Unleashes 47.7 Relay Split as Bellevue Wins Washington 3A Title


  • Federal Way, WA
  • November 15-16, 2019
  • Results

Bellevue senior Janelle Rudolph stole the show over the weekend at the Washington 3A State Championships, winning the 50 free and 100 free and dropping huge relay splits to propel Bellevue to a team title.

Rudolph’s biggest performance came in the 400 free relay, where she dove in as Bellevue’s anchor leg in third place, over two seconds behind leader Lake Washington. The Stanford commit nearly made up the gap on the first 50, flipping at 22.82 to the feet, before steamrolling her way down the back-half to split a 47.77 and close out the meet with another Bellevue win.

Individually, Rudolph posted wins in the 50 free (22.37/22.36 in prelims) and 100 back (52.90), while anchoring Bellevue’s winning 200 medley relay with a 22.22 split. She destroyed her own 50 free 3A meet record (22.85), as well as Leona Jennings’ 2008 100 back meet record (53.66), while Bellevue’s 200 medley relay also set a new 3A mark. Rudolph’s times in the 50 free and 100 back also set overall Washington high school records.

Lake Washington grabbed the second place trophy, finishing as runners-up in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay as well as fourth in the 200 free relay. Depth was the name of their game; they had at least one swimmer in every individual event make the A-final, while Amelia Hammer was the lone winner with a victory in the 100 free (50.93). The junior added a runner-up finish in the 50 free (23.39) behind Rudolph, while sophomore Courtney Cross posted third-place efforts in the 200 free (1:51.82) and the 500 free (5:02.01).


  • Lakeside, finishing fifth overall, was led by double winner Nathalie Valdman, who was 1:48.92 in the 200 free and 4:52.80 in the 500 free, winning by significant margins in both races.
  • Bainbridge, the third-place finishers, took the 200 free relay (1:37.08) with a 23.40 anchor from sophomore Margaret Hayes. Hayes would grab the win in the 200 IM, clocking a 2:03.61.
  • Roosevelt’s Kate Leary won the 100 fly with a 55.02.
  • Para swimmer and Stadium junior Madilyn Murphey notched wins in the 50 free (33.26) and 50 back (40.16).
  • The 1-meter diving event went to Snohomish junior Kayli Kersavage (438.80).
  • Jetlynn Hau, a senior at Stanwood, clocked a huge lifetime best of 1:02.04 to win the 100 breast. She was a couple of tenths off of Kim Williams’ 3A record.

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Oh yeah
3 years ago

This was crazy to watch, she demolished a massive lead against the winner of the 100 free like it was nothing

Swim dad
3 years ago

Sick fast times. Way to go Janelle!!!

The Ready Room
3 years ago

This is insane. What’s the fastest relay split ever for a high schooler?

Swammer from Wakanda
Reply to  The Ready Room
3 years ago

Abbey Weitzel led off the Canyons 400 free relay in an American record when she was in high school…so probably that.

However, if you don’t want to count club meets, then I’m not going to pretend like I know.

The Ready Room
Reply to  Swammer from Wakanda
3 years ago

Oh that’s true.. somehow forgot she went 46 low in high school.

3 years ago

Of note, Snohomish’ s Kayli Kersavage is a 3 time defending state champion as a junior.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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