UNIVERSITY PLACE — The first-place podium might as well have been named “Tides Podium,” given the way the Gig Harbor High School girls performed Saturday night at the district meet at the Curtis Aquatic Center.
Gig Harbor won the team championship with 402 points, topping Kentlake (225), the second-place team, by 177.
The Tides won the 200-yard medley relay in a school-record 1 minute, 49.54 seconds, breaking the 2008 time of 1:51.92.
“That was the first time we actually had all four components of the relay at the same time,” Gig Harbor head coach Mike Kelly said. “I’ve known from the start of the season that was going to be a strong relay. ... It’s a good indicator that they’ll be very competitive at the state meet. It was just a combination of four great efforts, leading to a new school record, as well as a district win.”
The relay was a sign of things to come as Carolyn McCann went on to break the school record in the 200 individual medley. Her 2:04.95 broke her previous mark of 2:06.16.
“That one was definitely fun,” McCann said. “It’s exciting to see that I was already where I was at state last year, just to see that I know I have more improvement for state, so it makes me more excited for what’s to come.”
Freshman Anna Furrer had state-qualifying times in the 200 freestyle (1:57.50) and the 500 free (5:13.66).
McCann said she enjoyed the meet and watching her teammates qualify for state.
“This meet is a lot of fun,” McCann said. “It was really exciting. The team as a whole did really good, and so that always helps me personally get more pumped up for my races, and we have so many girls going to state.”
McCann also won the 100 breaststroke, clocking in at 1:04.97. Freshman Ursula Andren came in a close second at 1:06.28.
McCann’s goal is to get under two minutes in the 200 IM and under one minute in the 100 breaststroke at the state meet, which will be held Nov. 15-16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“I’m hoping for it,” she said. “I’m working hard, so I’m excited to see what I can do.”Reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.