The Spartan swimmers continue to make waves.
After sending a large contingent to the district tournament Nov. 2-3 at Snohomish Aquatic Center, Stanwood now ships 10 athletes to the 3A state championships this weekend in Federal Way.
“Across the board, it was fantastic,” head coach Rita Peterson said of the district championships.
Combined, Spartan swimmers posted 30 best times on 37 events.
“It was a record-setting meet for us,” Peterson said. “This is the first year we have ever had a Stanwood swimmer be a district winner in two individual races.”
That swimmer is junior Jetlynn Hau, who won the district title in the 200 yard individual medley in 2:13.11 and the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:05.17.
At last year’s state meet, Hau set the school record in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.35 to claim third place. She also placed seventh in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:11.26.
On Saturday, Anna Veazey finished third in the 100 yard butterfly to earn a state berth with a time of 1:02.06.
Stanwood also pushed through a pair of relay teams that both finished in third place: the 200 yard freestyle quartet of Veazey, Hau, Aleena Wiegand and Olivia Hering; and the 200 yard individual medley group of Benedetta Putti, Hau, Veazey and Hering.
At state, Hau will be seeded first in the 100 breaststroke and 11th in the 200 IM; both relays will be seeded 17th; and Veazey is seeded 21st in the 100 butterfly.
As a team, the Spartans finished fourth out of the 13 schools at the district meet. A week prior, the Spartans also won the WIAA’s 3A girls swimming Academic State Award — a first for the program.
“Between the GPAs, the great swims and the fourth-place finish, we really had a great week,” said Peterson, who was voted the district Coach of the Year.
Everything was breaking the Spartans’ way. For example, Hering tied for eighth/ninth place in the 100 yard freestyle preliminaries, necessitating a rare swim-off to determine who makes the final spot in the finals. Hering won.
Stanwood junior Charlotte Bentz finished 27th out of 154 racers at the state 3A girls cross country championships Saturday in Pasco.
Bentz ran the 5k course in 19 minutes, 41 seconds — bettering her time from last year’s state race by more than 25 seconds.
"Amazing effort by Charlotte," head coach Jordan Sneva said. "She will train hard and come back for top five next year."
Stanwood junior Charlotte Bentz finishes 27th out of 154 racers at the state 3A girls cross country championships. She ran the 5k course in 19:41 (unofficial) pic.twitter.com/PLSaYf9xjg— Evan Caldwell (@Evan_SCN) November 3, 2018
Spartans swept Marysville-Pilchuck 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16) on Oct. 30 to secure the No. 2 seed into the district tournament, which starts Tuesday.
Stanwood was led by Devon Martinka with 15 kills, four aces and 11 digs. Peyton Wickstrom set up 26 assists and 10 digs; Paityn Palmer six aces, nine digs and three kills; and Kaitlin Rash had 11 digs.
Stanwood is hosting Everett, which beat Squalicum 3-0 in a play-in game Thursday, The Spartans rallied to dispatch the Seagulls in five sets on Oct. 22.
If Stanwood prevails, they’ll travel Thursday to Marysville-Pilchuck High to face the winner of the Arlington-Ferndale showdown at 7 p.m.. If the Spartans fall, they’ll play the loser of that showdown at 5 p.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High.
Head coach Megan Amundson said for the team to secure one of the top four spots in district — winning a trip to state — the Spartans must play mistake-free volleyball.
“Controlling our unforced errors — that’s the biggest thing,” she said. “You just can’t give away points. We have to make sure we stay aggressive and just trust ourselves. We don’t have to do anything bigger and fancier than what we’ve been doing all season.”
Opening at home in front of familiar Spartan fans should help, Amundson said.
“There’s always going to be the district nerves,” she said. “But to be able to ride that wave of nerves on your own court is an advantage.”
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Here is the 3A district volleyball bracket. Stanwood awaits the winner of the Squalicum-Everett play-in game. pic.twitter.com/Ii0015u5Ys— Evan Caldwell (@Evan_SCN) November 1, 2018
The Spartans season came to an end after a 3-0 loss Oct. 30 to Arlington in the consolation round of the district tournament.
In the district opener on Oct. 27, the Spartans lost 2-1 to eventual champion Snohomish. Arlington was beaten by Edmonds-Woodway in a winner-to-state game.
The Spartans end their season 8-10.
Stanwood High’s FFA trapshooting team placed third in the 10-team district championships Oct. 30 at the Old Skagit Gun Club.
Five Spartans took aim at 50 clay pigeons each, totalling 128 points, to finish behind Mount Baker and champion Sedro Woolley.
Stanwood was led by senior Alan Bevington (43 hits), junior Emery Lindauer (43), senior Russell Rekdal (42), junior Carter Talamentez (42) and junior Kaden Anderson (41).
While about 20 are on the Stanwood team, only the top five scoring shooters from the season’s 10 events advance to districts. Each team member takes gun safety courses before shooting at the team’s home range: the Twin City Sportsman Club in Stanwood.
The team will now set their sights on the state championships in April in Wenatchee.
Team adviser Darryl Main said the team “would like to thank the community, school and Twin City Sportsman Club for all their support over the past year.” … And to the Thanks community and school district for helping us. … And to the Old Skagit Gun Club who paid for the shells and covered the costs of the competition.”
It's time to sign up for the Stanwood Ski and Snowboard bus: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Stanwood High School Commons area.
First year participants need to attend a mandatory mountain safety and information meeting at 6:30 p.m. the night of signups.
Two Stanwood Youth Football teams advanced to championship games this Saturday in Arlington.
The senior team, who had a bye in the first week of the playoffs, topped Mariner and will face Lake Stevens at 7 p.m. at Arlington High.
The junior team beat Arlington and also will face their Lake Stevens counterparts at 2 p.m at Arlington.
In addition, the junior team accepted an invite to participate in the NW Regional of the National Youth Championship, joining the seniors who already accepted an invite.
The Stanwood bantams ended their season with a loss to Lynnwood.
Follow the Stanwood Youth Football Facebook page (facebook.com/stanwoodfootball) for updates.