Prep roundup: Noftsker, Grotte swim to No. 2 seeds after Friday’s preliminaries

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FEDERAL WAY — If it weren’t for Eleanor Beers of North Kitsap, two local swimmers would be a line for state titles Saturday at the 2A state swimming championships in Federal Way.

But Beers is there, and that means that Kara Noftsker and Hailey Grotte have their work cut out for them.

Beers, the defending 2A state champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle events — is in position to defend those titles, posting top-qualifying times in each during Friday’s preliminaries.

Beers posted a time of 23.52 seconds in the 50 free, placing right ahead of No. 2 qualifier Grotte, from La Center, who posted a 24.05. Makena Wilcox of Columbia River qualified eighth for Saturday’s final in 25.62 seconds.

Beers set the pace in the 100 freestyle in 51.29 seconds, ahead of No. 2 qualifier Noftsker, from Columbia River (52.94) and No. 3 qualifier Grotte (53.28).

Noftsker also was the No. 2 qualifier in the 200 freestyle (1:54.86) behind top qualifier Ella Van Troba of Naches Valley (1:54.36).

The Columbia River 200 free relay team of Noftsker, Wilcox, Elizabeth Lujano and Sarah Ellis advanced to the championship finals, qualifying No. 6 in 1:45.39.

Local swimmers advancing to the consolation finals Saturday included Lujano (200 individual medley), Wilcox (100 butterfly), Charlotte Baker of Washougal (100 free and 100 back), Madisyn Morin of Columbia River (500 free) and the River 200 medley relay team and the Washougal 400 free relay team.

4A state — Camas’ Jax Purwins was in fourth place after the semifinal diving round with a score of 262.00.

No area 4A swimmer reached the championship final, but several will be in the consolation final today.

Hanna Eha of Skyview will swim the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke consolation finals. Avery Gunderson of Union will also be in the 100 breast. Bailey Segall of Camas will be in the 500 free.

The Camas 200 and 400 free relays made it to the consolation final. Those swimmers are Madalyn Scherwinski, Jessica Bretz, Bailey Segall and Paeton Lesser.

3A state — Mountain View’s Sruthi Ravi was the only area swimmer to make it out of the preliminary heats to compete today. Ravi was 12th in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:00.97 to make the consolation finals.

Class 1A volleyball

La Center stays alive — After falling to top-ranked Cascade of Leavenworth, La Center bounced back to beat Overlake and remain alive in the 1A state volleyball tournament in Yakima.

La Center fell to Cascade 25-23, 25-16, 25-20. Amanda Holm had 19 assists and seven digs, Laynie Erickson had seven kills and 12 kills and Tiffany Chandler added 17 digs.

“Overall, we played them tough,” La Center coach Cymany O’Brien said. “I am proud of the way we fought. It stinks we had to see a team like that out of the shoot, but again we played tough.”

The Wildcats bounced back to beat Overlake 21-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-21 to advance to the seventh-place semifinals. La Center will face Naches Valley at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Against Overlake, Erickson had 25 kills and 19 digs, Sydney Mairose had 12 kills and 24 digs and Holm added 48 assists, 12 digs and four aces.

“The girls battled hard,” O’Brien said. “I am proud of how we finished.”

3A girls soccer

Stadium 4, Prairie 0 — The Falcons were eliminated from the 3A state quarterfinals in Tacoma.