FEDERAL WAY - Senior Kaitlyn Broersma capped off her prep swimming career with a fourth place finish at last weekend's 3A State meet, staged at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.
One of four swimmers representing the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies at State, Broersma powered through the 100-yard breaststroke finals with a fourth best time of 1:08.86. The winner, Peninsula's Lindsey Marchand, glided to a clocking of 1:02.00. The second and third place finishers in the 100-breast finals were Emilie Kaufman of Juanita and Lauren Poli of Mercer Island with times of 1:03.05 and 1:05.09, respectively.
Rounding out the 100-breast finals field were Christine Tixier of Hanford, fifth in 1:09.33; McKenna Spieth of Union, sixth in 1:09.51; Kellie Blauvelt of Peninsula, seventh in 1:09.89; and Melanie Langsam of Juanita, eighth in 1:10.12.
Broersma, named the Big Nine League's 3A swimmer of the year prior heading to State, held true to form in the finals, as she also posted the fourth fastest time in the 24-girl, 100-breast preliminary field. The Sunnyside swimmer actually was six-tenth's of a second faster in the preliminaries, clocking a time of 1:08.23.
The younger sister of Broersma, Marisa, only a freshman, also qualified to compete at State in the 100-breast. She set a preliminary round time of 1:14.26, which earned the underclassman a spot in the 'B' finals. There, she posted the sixth fastest time (1:14.71) for an overall 14th place finish at State.
Sunnyside's Toni Castillo, a sophomore, also found herself in the 'B' finals. Competing in the 100-yard butterfly, she swam to a 1:02.19 clocking, the fourth fastest time, which gave her an overall 12th place finish at State.
Castillo earned one of the eight spots in the 'B' finals with a preliminary clocking of 1:01.44.
The 100-yard butterfly State champion proved to be Peninsula's Marchand, who easily bested the 25-girl preliminary field with a clocking of 53.34 seconds. In the finals, Marchand was a tad slower, recording a time of 53.55 seconds.
The sophomore Castillo also qualified to compete at State in the 50-yard freestyle. She raced to a clocking of 25.95 seconds in the preliminaries, one one-hundredth of a second short of earning one of the eight berths to the 'B' finals. The fastest 50-free time at State was set by Leona Jennings of Mount Rainier, a clocking of 22.92 seconds, that coming in the finals.
The Sunnyside foursome of the two Broersma sisters, Castillo and sophomore Christine Kim also got to compete at State in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
In the 200-medley, the Lady Grizzlies were 12th overall. They qualified for the 'B' finals with a preliminary clocking of 1:57.73. In the 'B' finals, the two Broersmas, Castillo and Kim posted the fourth fastest time, a clocking of 1:58.24, just 1.34 seconds behind the winners from Hudson's Bay. The State champions in the 200-yard medley relay hailed from Kennedy High School. That squad sped to a meet-best clocking of 1:47.88 in the finals.
Kim, Castillo and the two Broersmas also earned a spot in the 'B' finals in the 400-freestyle relay. The Sunnyside foursome had the seventh fastest time in the eight-squad 'B' finals field, 15th best overall at State, with a clocking of 3:55.72. The State champions in that event, from Kennedy, swam to a clocking of 3:32.41.