Drews Dominates 100 Freestyle as Falcons prepare for Postseason

  • Written by Derek Johnson

As the Kingco swim meet draws nigh, some Lady Falcons are riding high.

Last Thursday at Redmond Pool, the Woodinville Falcons took on the Inglemoor Vikings. Senior captain Lauren Drews cruised to an easy win in the 100 Freestyle event. It was an outcome that had assistant coach Jennifer Cruze beaming.

diveWoodinville's Thea Loeser prepares to launch off the blocks in the 50 Freestyle. (Photo by Derek Johnson) “Lauren has been doing great this whole entire year,” Cruze said. “We kept her out of the 500 and put her into the 100 today and she pulled off a great race. She came home strong in the back half. We’re really proud with how she’s ending her senior year.”

Drews has qualified for Districts.

Another Falcon coming on strong is diver Sheridan Douglas. The junior captain qualified for Districts and said she felt relief.   

“I’ve been focusing on improving the technicalities of my dives,” Douglas said. “It felt good to get [qualifying] out of the way… This year I’ve felt more confident in myself because I’m better at visualizing. I did a lot of work over the summer with [Dive coach Deb Shelton] and I have been working on it.”

Douglas also sang the praises of fellow diver Gabi Hansen. A sophomore, Hansen recently earned a spot on the varsity squad.  

“I’m so proud of Gabi,” Douglas said. “Last year she only dove JV. To get your letter you have to do eleven dive meets. But she only did three dives in every meet. But this year she has learned a total of nine or ten new dives. It has been so amazing. All of a sudden she started cranking out the dives. It has been so exciting because she figured out what she’s good at.”
One other flourishing newcomer is freshman Taylor Fitch.    
“I came from a different district and I didn’t know anybody,” Fitch said. “I didn’t know what to expect at Woodinville… But I was excited to try it. I knew that high school swimming was very team-oriented and I was super excited to meet new people and swim.”
The Kingco meet will take place this Friday and Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. 
“We’ve got 12-13 girls who qualified [for Kingco] and made cuts in individual races,” Coach Cruze said. “We’re going to be able to bring up a handful more to help with our relays. We’re really looking forward to it. We’ll be resting going into the meet. We have five or six girls who have qualified for Districts. So the next meet will hopefully enable us to get a couple more in there.”

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