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November 20, 2013

Mariner swimmer wins state title, Kamiak earns top finishes

Kamiak’s Laura Johnson swims in the 100 butterfly race during the state finals on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the King County Aquatic Center. BY MEGAN MANAGAN REPORTER @ YOURBEACON . NET

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Beacon photos by Megan Managan Mariner High School sophomore Brianna Lucien swims after receiving her first place medal for winning the girls 500 freestyle race.

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t may have come as a surprise to her, but for those watching Mariner sophomore Brianna Lucien swim throughout the season knew she was destined for great things at the 4A state swimming championships last weekend. Lucien, the only swimmer at state on Nov. 16 for the Marauders, won the state title in the 500 freestyle race, beating the second place finisher by six seconds. “It feels amazing,” she said after the medal ceremony. “I wasn’t expecting it and I’m just overwhelmed.” Lucien, who also won the district title in the event, saw her time drop throughout the season, inching closer to the five-minute mark. “It’s great to finally be able to go close to five minutes and throughout the season get

closer and closer,” she said. “It feels so good.” Lucien came into the finals on Saturday as the fastest qualifier and won the title with a time of 5:04.46. Newport’s Maggie Pana, who kept pace with Lucien for much of the race until the final laps, finished in second in 5:10.45. “In my head I was telling myself ‘Oh my gosh, I might be able to win this if I just keep going my pace,’” she said. Lucien also finished in third place in the 200 freestyle event with a 1:55.06 time. Her coach, Jennifer Angelos, said she wasn’t worried about Lucien’s swim in the 200 affecting her 500 time. “She just needed to go swim her race,” her coach said. “I wasn’t worried, she had a good day.” The Kamiak girls team also traveled to the meet, finishing in 12th place as a team with 69 points.

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“They did really well,” said Kamiak head coach Chris Erickson. “I think they worked hard and reaped some great rewards.” Ingrid Straume finished the 200 freestyle race in 15th place for the Knights, earning a finals time of 2:03.09. Laura Johnson finished the 200 freestyle in seventh place for the Knights with a time of 58.93. Johnson also finished in sixth place in the 100 backstroke race, finishing in 58.14 seconds. Kamiak’s Lyndsey Willis finished the 500 freestyle event in 5:29.24 for 15th place. Kamiak’s 200 freestyle relay team of Angeline Dovinh, Johnson, Haley Lasley and Straume finished in 12th place with a time of 1:42.89. In the final event of the day, the Knights 400 relay team of Dovinh, Johnson, Willis and Straume took fourth place in 3:40.78.

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Kamiak Athlete of the Week Good friends and tenacious competitors, Ben and Jerry have been a significant part of the rejuvenation of Kamiak distance running. Their year-round training has been a model for younger competitors entering the program. This season they have lead the team with their love of cross country and drive that propelled the team to the State Championship meet. Reliable, conscientious KAMIAK Cross Country and focused they have earned the respect of Ben Halladay & Jerry Behrens their teammates, competitors and coaches for the past four seasons. Both will be leaders of the track team this spring with plans to run next year wherever they attend college.

Congratulations to Ben and Jerry and the rest of the Kamiak cross country team for the success of this season and your state meet qualification!

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