Redmond swimmers shine at state meet

Redmond High’s girls swimmers notched five first-place titles and finished third in the team standings at the 4A state meet on Nov. 13 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Catherine Yu and Michelle Chen made a splash with two individual crowns each and they were part of a relay champion as well during the finals.

Yu won the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.13) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.38), and Chen triumphed in the 100-yard freestyle (51.01) and the 100-yard backstroke (55.17). The 100 breast time is an All-American mark, and the 200 IM, 100 free and 100 back times are All-American consideration marks. Yu nailed a time of 2:02.93 in the 200 IM prelims.

The state-winning 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.54) consisted of Yu, Chen, Andrea Wu and Ella Reedy.

Yu, Chen, Wu and Eleanor Benjamin formed the second-place 200-yard medley relay (1:46.84), and Wu took seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle (24.78) and 100 free (55.49). Her prelim times were 24.49 in the 50 free and 53.64 in the 100 free.

Julie Barashkoff was named 4A girls state swim coach of the year.