It was an exciting weekend for Steilacoom High School Athletics as the swim and dive team and the wrestling team competed in the 2013 WIAA State Championships.
At the Tacoma Dome, five Sentinel Wrestlers – Shelby Miller, Luke Shell, John Santos, Jackson Leech and Jordan Leech – wrestled their way to several victories on Friday during the state championship meet. Saturday’s action on the mats led to a sixth place finish for Luke Shell in the 138 weight class, a sixth place finish for John Santos in the 170 weight class, a sixth place finish for Jordan Leech in the 195 weight class, and an eight place finish for Jackson Leech in the 182 weight class. Shelby Miller beat Montesano in the first round on Saturday but lost to Washougal in the second match.
Overall the Sentinel boys wrestling team placed 22nd out of 64 teams, while the girls wrestling team placed 74th out of 104 teams in the 2A bracket.
The WIAA presented the Steilacoom High School Boys Varsity Wrestling Team with the WIAA 2A Academic Team Award. This is the second year the Sentinel Wrestling Team has received the award. The team had on overall GPA of 3.653, which was the highest out of all six WIAA boys’ classifications.
Meanwhile up in Federal Way, the Sentinel’s were heating up the water at the WIAA Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center.
Benjamin Scott took a first place win in the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke.
Steilacoom’s 200 medley relay team, consisting of Benjamin Scott, James Scott, Andrew Gonzales and Andrew Lamb – took second place. The same team took sixth place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
James Scott placed fourth in the 200 IM, while Ryan Shipes took third place off the diving board. Andrew Gonzales placed eleventh in the 50 yard freestyle, and placed sixth in the 100 yard butterfly.
True to Coach Kathy Casey’s prediction, the Steilacoom Swim and Dive team placed in the top 10. However, the team performed even better than that – Steilacoom placed fourth in the State’s 2A bracket out of 31 teams. In addition to being in the top five 2A High School Swim Teams for 2013, Coach Casey was voted “Coach Of The Year” for the SPSL 2A/3A League.
Congratulations to all of our athletes and coaches for their great accomplishments – both in their sport, and in the classroom.