Divers and swimmers make a splash at state meet

  • Written by Don Mann
Photo courtesy Troy Roberts. The Falcon state diving contingent, from left to right: Coach Danika Troupe, Julie Tollifson, Erika Kelso, Rachael Roberts and alternate Alex Shardelman.
Woodinville sophomore Rachael Roberts took third in the 1-meter diving competition at the 2011 Class 4A Girls’ State Swim and Dive championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Saturday.

But just as thrilling to Falcon diving coach Danika Troupe was that senior Julie Tollifson and freshman Erika Kelso placed ninth and 11th respectively.

“It says we’re definitely a powerhouse in the local diving world,”

Troupe said. “I am so proud of these girls.”

Roberts, who Troupe said has only been diving competitively for two years, is the first Lady Falcon to stand on the state podium since...well, Troupe herself, a 2008 WHS graduate. But the young, four- year mentor was only looking ahead. “We brought four girls here and three of them will be back. Plus we have some outstanding young divers waiting in the wings. We have serious depth and will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Though no Woodinville swimmers made it to the finals, swim coach Annie Price was just as pleased with the performances of the five girls who competed in the preliminary round: Johanna Rayl, Taylor Bingea, Olivia Ly, Katie Davidson and Venalie Scheck.

“Our 200 yard freestyle relay team bettered its seed by two places which is unheard of,” she said, as Woodinville finished in 21st place.

“We dropped two seconds from our best time and I was elated. Just to make the top 24 in the entire state is an amazing accomplishment.”

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