Woodinville closed out its regular season last Tuesday with a trip to the Julius Boehme Pool in Issaquah. And the Lady Falcons returned home victorious with an 89-88 squeaker over Mount Si.
“It’s very rare that a meet finishes that close,” Woodinville coach George Sayah said. “It doesn’t get any closer.”
Woodinville was able to capture 13 points from the diving portion of the competition, due to the Wildcats not having any divers on their roster.
“It was nice to have a dive presence,” Sayah said. “It was so important today because not all programs can put together a dive team.”
Woodinville finished the regular season with a 2-6 record in Kingco 4A, which was good for 7th place. Sayah was pleased to see his team close out the campaign strong.
“We swam really tough and with some sickness and some fatigue at this time of the season,” he said. “I feel good about how everyone did and how they came out and competed hard.”
Paulina Chalmers, Laina Emerick and Abbie Mosset all qualified for more postseason events.
Woodinville dive coach Debra Shelton was enthusiastic about how the season has gone.
“We’ve had a real strong Falcon diving squad this year,” Shelton said. “We have four to five [girls] squared away to qualify for Districts. We’re only allowed to send four. Kylie Mosset has already qualified for State [from her performance at the District 11 Qualifying Meet October 7]. She got third last year and she has a chance to get second or third this year.”
Shelton was asked if there were any girls she would like to single out.
“I’d rather not because they all grow at their own level,” she said. “I’m proud of all of them, pushing through the fear of learning some of the dives. Everybody is really improved in their own way and has given 100% in practice. It’s pretty fun because five of our seven divers are new. [They’re] earning the team points every time they dive.”
Last Tuesday’s meet was also a rare chance for the entire team to compete together. Back before the season started, Redmond Pool’s diving board failed a safety inspection. Since Redmond Pool is Woodinville’s home pool, the Falcon dive team has had to practice and compete at different venues this season. This challenged the squad’s esprit de corps.
But coach Sayah was pleased to see the girls rally in the face of adversity.
“The team has stuck together,” he said. “It has been nice to see.”
A District 11 qualifying event will take place this Saturday a the Bainbridge Aquatic Center on Bainbridge Island. The Kingco 4A Championships will then take place on October 27-28.