ELLENSBURG - Sunnyside High School junior Cassadie Moore grabbed the spotlight, but three of her teammates are basking in a bit of glory of their own, as well.
That’s because all four Lady Grizzlies – the other three being Kalie Bestebreur, Payton Sample and Summer Hazzard – have qualified to compete at the 3A State swim meet.
The SHS foursome put up the second fastest time at the District 5-7 meet last Saturday in the 200-yard medley relay. All first and second-place finishers at District get to move on to State, which will be held in Federal Way on Nov. 15-16.
Moore moves on to State, too, as the District 5-7 champion in the 100-yard breaststroke. She edged Kennewick sophomore Alexis Murphy by about half a second for top honors in Saturday’s finals.
In clocking the winning time of 1:08.64, Moore swam a career best time in the finals. It’s the second straight District title for Moore in that event.
Claiming runner-up honors in the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Bestebreur, Moore, Sample and Hazzard raced through the CWU pool in Ellensburg with a clocking of 2:02.38. Only a foursome from Kennewick posted a faster time (2:01.00). The Hanford squad was nipping on Sunnyside’s heels, but had to settle for third-place honors with a clocking of 2:02.84.
Moore nearly qualified for State in three events, but finished half a second out of the money in the 200-yard individual medley. She placed third in a time of 2:20.82. The runner-up, Kennewick’s Blair Murphy, edged the Lady Grizzly with a clocking of 2:20.27. The winning time of 2:11.19 was set by Lisa Tixier of Hanford.
Sunnyside fared well at District, too, in advancing several swimmers from the last Friday’s preliminaries to Saturday’s finals events.
Junior Lindsay Schilperoort accomplished the feat twice, in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. She had the fourth fastest time in the 200-free finals (2:17.89). The winning time was 2:01.83, claimed by Hanford senior Mylie Oberg. Schilperoort also notched a fifth-place finish in the 100-‘fly finals, posting a time of 1:12.53. Alexis Murphy of Kennewick won the finals heat (59.61).
Bestebreur, too, made it to the finals, placing fourth in the 100-breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:19.53.
The coach of the SHS swim team, Carl Scott, noted that although Paytin O’Leary didn’t get to move on to day-two action in Ellensburg, the Lady Grizzly cut 13 seconds off her previous best time in the 200-yard freestyle.
“All of the girls did a wonderful job,” said Scott.