Bellevue Girls Swim and Dive Team repeats as 2018 Class 3A State Champions
It certainly wasn’t easy, but when it was over the Bellevue Wolverines were Class 3A girls state swimming and diving champions for a second consecutive season. The Wolverines had to fend off not one, but two worthy challengers to win the title. They finished with 272 points, ahead of second-place Lakeside with 259 and third-place Lake Washington with 255. Junior Janelle Rudolph won two individual titles on Saturday, finishing the 50-yard freestyle with a Class 3A state-meet record and automatic All-American time of 22.85. She followed that up by winning the 100 backstroke in 53.73 seconds, the second-fastest time in state history. It was the third consecutive year that Rudolph, who was named swimmer of the meet, has won both events.
Senior Aneta Wyzga got Bellevue off to a nice start, winning the first individual event of the meet, the 200-freestyle. Her time of 1:49.67 was good enough for All-American consideration. She took the second place on 500-freestyle.
Junior Rylee Siripipat also claimed the victory in the 200 individual medley and 7th in 100-breaststroke; her team mate junior Rachel Jin finished at the second place in the 200 individual medley and 8th in 100-fly.
Senior Delora Li took 9th in 100-breaststroke final.
The two state-championship relay teams, Janelle, Rylee, Rachel and senior Maria-Elena Acevedo won the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:46.53; Janelle, Rachel, senior Delora Li, and Aneta won the champion on the 400-freestyle relay with a new Class 3A state-meet record and automatic All-American time of 3:27.50. Swimming the first leg of the 400-freestyle relay, which was the last event of the meet, Rudolph’s time of 49.60 set the state record in the 100-freestyle. The girls also finished the third on 200-freestyle relay with swimmers Maria-Elena, Delora, Rylee and Aneta.
All three divers, sophomore Makena Rubin, freshmen Isabella Doud and Meiko Huang made the appearance at State and contributed to the team’s victory. Isabella placed 10th, Makena placed 13th, and Meiko placed 14th in the 1-meter diving.
“It’s the kind of state meet that everybody wants to see,” Bellevue coach Lisa Van Loben Sels said. “Everybody shows up to do their best, and when it’s close like that there is nothing more exciting. I’m so proud of these girls. The character and drive that they showed today was amazing. We had some challenges coming out of yesterday’s prelim, and they stepped up and just attacked it.”
Bellevue Girls Swim and Dive Wins District!!!
The Bellevue Girls’ Swim and Dive team brought home the first place trophy from District 2 meet on Saturday (11/2/2018). With a dominant performance that set three new meet records and placed three divers in the top six, the team finished with a final team score of 253 points, 33 points over runner-up Lakeside High.
Junior Janelle Rudolph broke her own 2017 meet records in 50 free with a time of 22.87 seconds, and 100 back with a time of 53.68 -- both automatic All-American times. Janelle also swam in the 400 free relay along with Aneta Wyzga, Rachel Jin and Delora Li, obliterating their own 2017 meet record, with a time of 3:28.33, an All-American Consideration time.
Captain and senior Delora Li took first in the 100 fly and third in 100 breaststroke. Fellow captain Aneta Wyzga took the second in both 200 free and 500 free. Delora and Aneta also teamed up with junior Rylee Siripipat and senior Elena Acevedo to take the first in 200 free relay.
Rylee Siripipat also took the first in 200 individual medley and fourth in 100 breaststroke. Fellow junior Rachel Jin took third in 200 individual medley and seventh in 100 fly. Rylee and Rachel teamed up with Janelle and Elena Acevedo to take the third place in 200 medley relay.
In diving, Sophomore Makena Rubin earned 400.20 points and finished at a close second place. Freshmen Isabela Doud and Meiko Huang finished at the 4th and 6th places, respectively. All three divers will be making an appearance at State next weekend.
Captain and senior Sophia Lee took wonderful pictures and shared here.
Girls Swim and Dive will compete in the 3a State Championships on November 9th and 10th at the King County Aquatic Center. Look forward to seeing more Wolverines showing up and cheering for our girls at the State.
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Congratulations to our Bellevue Girls Swim and Dive Team for becoming 2017 State Champions!
The Bellevue girls swim and dive team brought home the first place trophy from the state 3A meet on Saturday, with some record-setting swims and exceptional dives. Bellevue and Lakeside were neck and neck throughout the meet until the very last relay team brought the win home. It was a close meet where every single point counted, and just about every race depended on Bellevue swimmers performing even better than they had in the previous day's preliminary heats. Sophomore Janelle Rudolph was honored as one of two "Swimmers of the Meet" for her outstanding performance. Janelle scored first place in the 50 free,in 23.02 seconds, and first in the 100 back with 54.80 -- both automatic All-American times.
Senior co-captain Sarah Walsh took third in a very close diving event where the first and third place divers' scores were only three-tenths of a point apart.
Junior Delora Li took first in the 100 fly and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. She also represented the team on the fourth-place 200 free relay, with Aneta Wyzga, Eleanor Casey and Elena Acevedo.
Aneta Wyzga, also a junior, took the blue ribbon in the 500 free and a second place in the 200 free.
In the 200 individual medley, sophomores Rachel Jin took third and Rylee Siripipat took tenth. Rachel placed fifth in the 100 butterfly. In the 100 breast, Rylee took ninth place and senior co-captain Katie Duff scored 14th place.
Janelle, Aneta Wyzga, Rachel Jin and Delora Li swam in the 400 free relay that decided the meet with a time of 3:29.16. In the 200 medley relay, Janelle, Rylee Siripipat, Rachel Jin and Elena Acevedo teamed up for a second place finish.
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