2016 WASHINGTON GIRLS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Hosted by King County Aquatic Center
- November 11th-12th, 2016
- Short Course Yards
Lakeside and Bellevue engaged in a fierce battle for the Washington Girls 3A State championship, with Lakeside coming from behind in the second half of the meet to ultimately eclipse Bellevue. To kick things off, Bellevue took the 200 medley relay (1:46.48) in 3A record fashion to finish ahead of Lakeside. They’d keep a slim lead over Lakeside which grew after the 50 free, which was won by Bellevue freshman Janelle Rudolph (23.59) over Lakeside’s Caroline Wagner (23.91).
Lakeside began making up ground, however, and blasted to a win in the 200 free relay while Bellevue had to settle for 5th in the B final, or 13th overall. Anchoring Lakeside in that victory was Wagner with a quick 23.43. Bellevue dealt back a big blow with Rudolph posting a 56.34 to win the 100 back by almost a full second, and they climbed to within 20 points after the 100 breaststroke. Bellevue would go on to win the 400 free relay in a 3A record, though with Lakeside’s 4th place finish in that event, they secured enough points to hold off Bellevue’s late charge and claim the state title.
Meadowdale’s Kelly Morgan picked up two individual wins for herself. The senior owned the 200 free (1:51.07) and returned to pop out a 56.06 to grab the 100 fly title. Sophomore standout Mandolin Nguyen found herself atop the podium twice, as well. The Franklin star swam to a big win in the 200 IM (2:03.59) and then won the 100 breast (1:03.50) in a tight battle with Yanran Le (1:03.87) of Squalicum. Also picking up wins were Le’s teammate Sydney Wong in the 100 free (52.38) and Seattle Prep’s Cameron Smith. Notably, Smith completed the four-peat with her 4:58.59 in the 500 free, making her perfect throughout her high school career.
FINAL TOP 5 TEAM SCORES:
- Lakeside, 244
- Bellevue, 234
- Mercer Island, 188.5
- Stadium, 178
- Roosevelt, 164