Auburn swimmers and divers compete at state championships

The girls state swim meet was held at the King County Aquatic Center on Nov. 10-12, and Auburn schools were well represented at the final meet of the year.

Auburn Mountainview had a very strong showing at the state swimming championships with four swimmers and one diver competing.

For Mountainview, they had two relays qualify, and Ysabella Chang qualified for two individual events. Their diver was freshman Alycia Herdt, who finished 20th in the state. Mountainview’s best finish was Chang’s performance in the 100-yard breaststroke, where she came in eighth place, tallying 11 points for her school. Her other individual race was the 200 IM, in which she finished 16th overall. The relay teams for the Lions competed in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle, and in both races, Mountainview came in 18th, missing out on the finals in both competitions.

After all the races, Auburn Mountainview finished 26th in the state with 12 points throughout the competition. It was the Lions’ second best finish at state since 2012, when they took 20th place at the 3A level. In 2019, the Lions finished 14th in 4A.

Auburn Riverside didn’t qualify any swimmers, but they had two divers compete. Senior Jade Porter and junior Ava Lear both made it to the final round. Only Lear had previously made it to the finals and that was in last year’s tournament.

This season, both Riverside divers finished inside the top 10. It was the first time any Raven had finished in the top 10 since 2014 (Juli Zanotelli). With the combined score of 25, Lear and Porter alone put Auburn Riverside at 21 overall at the 3A level, and they finished second in team diving.