ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside's Marisa Broersma brought home a 3A District girls swim meet title from Ellensburg this past weekend.
A senior, Broersma topped the field in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The 100-yard breaststroke District champ was pushed by Southridge junior Katelyn McLaughlin, but in the end Broersma bested the runner-up by just over eight-tenths of a second. Broersma's official time in the eight-girl finals was 1:12.43, compared to the 1:13.16 clocking of McLaughlin.
Broersma won the race with both a strong start and a strong finish. She sped the opening length of the pool in 34.56 seconds, about three and a half-tenths of a second quicker than eventual third-place finisher Anna Eifert of Eastmont. The final 50 yards, Broersma again had the fastest time, racing back the final length of the pool in 37.87 seconds. McLaughlin, the runner-up, was about three-tenths of a second slower than Broersma down the home stretch.
Broersma's teammate, freshman Kalie Bestebreur, also competed in the 100-breaststroke. She failed to make the championship finals. But in the consolation finals, Bestebreur was fifth from a field that numbered eight swimmers. Bestebreur's time was 1:22.62. The winning consolation finals time, set by Hanford's Shaylee Keiffer, was 1:19.96.
Team-wise, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies brought up the rear from the seven 3A teams that competed at Districts. Sunnyside tallied 100 points, well back of the first-place Hanford Falcons, who accumulated a meet-best 546 points.
Broersma, in addition to her 100-breast title, secured a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. She clocked a time of 2:20.79. The first through third-place finishers in the championship finals posted times ranging from 2:13.23 to 2:14.88. The winner was Hanford's Melissa Merrill.
The next highest finish for the Lady Grizzlies at the District meet was nailed down by Sunnyside's 200-yard freestyle relay squad. The foursome of Broersma, Lindsay Schilperoort, Payton Sample and Bestebreur clocked the fifth fastest time from a field of seven teams. Their time in the finals was 1:58.22. Hanford covered the four lengths of the pool in 1:44.38.
The freshman Sample also made an appearance in the championship finals in the 50-yard freestyle. She sped to a clocking of 28.15 seconds in the sprint, good for eighth-place honors. The winning time of 24.92 seconds was set by Hanford junior Stephanie Tixier.
Sample failed to make the championship finals in the 100-yard butterfly. But competing in the consolation finals, the Lady Grizzly freshman bested all comers, finishing first in 1:11.10, two and a half-tenths of a second quicker than runner-up Cassidy Rosenbaum of Southridge.
Schilperoort, in her two individual race performances at the District meet, turned in an eighth-place effort in the championship finals of the 100-yard backstroke. She set a time of 1:12.42. The winning clocking of 1:02.69 was posted by West Valley senior Keely Hausken.
The freshman Schilperoort also placed seventh in the consolation finals of the 100-yard freestyle. She swam to a clocking of 1:06.83. The consolation finals winner was Samantha Lester of Kennewick (59.73).
The Sunnyside High School swim team has just one competition remaining this season, that being the WIAA 3A State meet in Federal Way on Nov. 11-12. Currently, the only Sunnyside swimmer who has qualified to compete at State is Broersma. Sunnyside Coach Jake Kessler said he will not find out until next Sunday, Nov. 6, if the Lady Grizzly 200-yard freestyle relay squad has gained a wild card berth to State.
"However, given the times for relays last year at State, I do not think they will get a wild card," Kessler said.