Columbia River’s Monica Bottelberghe and Hockinson’s Julia Sanders are top-seeded local swimmers who will begin competiting for state titles starting Friday at the state girls swimming championship at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Bottelberghe, a sophomore, is the top seed in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.85 seconds in the Class 3A meet. She is also the No. 3 seed in the 200 freestyle (1:56.29).
Mountain View’s Dariya Samiee also is looking to advance to Saturday’s finals. She is seeded seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:19.55) and 11th in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.81). Camas’ Anna Panebianco is seeded 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:02.90). The top eight swimmers in each event from Friday’s preliminary heats advance to Saturday’s championship finals.
Sanders is the top qualifier in two events of the 2A meet — 50 freestyle (24.21 seconds) and 100 freestley (58.60).
Her Hockinson teammate Bailee Christensen is seeded fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:03.82) and eighth in the 500 freestyle (5:35.42). Seton Catholic’s Ada Beale qualified ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:20.44) and 11th in the 100 freestyle (56.84).
Union’s Andrea Young leads the local contigent in the 4A meet. Young is seeded eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:57.38) and 10th in the 100 backstroke (1:09.39).
State tournaments begin — Local teams start early Friday at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament in Lacey.
Camas faces Kennewick at 8 a.m. in a first-round match at St. Martin’s University, while Prairie takes on Bainbridge at 9:45 a.m. Quarterfinal matches are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Friday. Consolation matches begin at 3:15 p.m. and will be played at Timberline High School in Lacey.
In Yakima, Ridgefield faces Lynden Christian at 8 a.m. in the first round of the 1A state tournament. And in the 1B tournament, Seton Catholic opens against Crescent at 9:45 a.m.
Playoff games a Click away on internet — Carl Click will continue to provide live play-by-play coverage of Class 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens football teams in the state playoffs in games played outside of Clark County.
Fans can listen to Friday’s Union-Kentlake game at 6 p.m. and the Mountain View-Lakes game at 7 p.m. at www.carlclick.com. The Columbian will provide in-game updates on Twitter on the Union-Kentlake, Skyview-Kentwood, Camas-Kennedy and La Center-Cascade Christian games.
Ridgefield will play at Kalama — The Ridgefield girls soccer team will face University Prep of Seattle in a Class 1A state quarterfinal match at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kalama High School.
Ridgefield advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win Wednesday over Lynden Christian. University Prep routed La Center, a Trico League rival of the Spudders, 6-0 on Wednesday.
Coulter to Arizona State — Union baseball standout Clint Coulter said he will sign a National Letter of Intent with Arizona State on Friday.
After weighing dozens of scholarship offers, Coulter said he picked the Sun Devils because of their baseball tradition, “swagger,” and the good weather Tempe, Ariz., has to offer.
Coulter will wait until after the June amateur draft before enrolling in school, which is common for top-flight baseball players.