GP defeats Snohomish in first swim meet between programs

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Macy Fidler of Glacier Peak competes in the 100 Yard Butterfly during the swimming competition against Snohomish on Tuesday October 19, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Messenger)

SNOHOMISH – Until a few years ago, the high school girls’ teams from Glacier Peak and Snohomish had spent a decade training together and traveling together to meet each other.

But never before have the two crosstown programs clashed.

That is to say until Tuesday afternoon.

In the first-ever duel between the two teams, Glacier Peak clinched the crown from Wesco North and closed a perfect regular season with a 110-76 victory over Snohomish in front of a packed crowd at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

“It makes me so happy,” Glacier Peak senior star Macy Fidler said of her team’s unbeaten double-meet season. “Like, no words can describe how I feel. I am just very happy. … It’s incredible.”

And what about the atmosphere during the very first confrontation between these two programs?

“Honestly, unforgettable, just because we used to swim all together,” Fidler said. “And then competing against each other, it’s crazy.”

For the first decade after Glacier Peak opened in 2008, the two programs practiced together in the same pool. They also traveled together to participate in tri-encounters, with Glacier Peak and Snohomish each facing a third opponent, but never against each other.

Glacier Peak and Snohomish completely split their schedules in 2018 and have been training separately since then.

However, in 2018 and 2019 Glacier Peak was in southern Wesco and Snohomish was in northern Wesco. And last spring was a shortened season.

So it wasn’t until this season, when Glacier Peak joined Wesco North, that the two programs faced off in their very first duo competition.

“Being able to come here and have the stands full of blue and red is just awesome,” said Snohomish coach Jenny Service, who is in her third season as Panthers head coach and 15th season with the Panthers. the program in general. “And the girls all know each other from the club or from the school or from the ASB. And so seeing all the camaraderie between the two schools and just the mix of everyone clapping for everyone warms my heart. ”

Each team won six of 12 events on Tuesday, but Glacier Peak (10-0, 9-0 Wesco North) took the win thanks to their superior depth. It ended a landmark regular season for the Grizzlies, who beat powerhouse Kamiak in a non-league encounter early on and then dominated their Wesco North slate.

“This is the culmination of the work they have done – and really, I would say, our team has done in the past four years,” said Glacier Peak coach John Neff.

Fidler, a two-time 4A qualifier in the 100-yard butterfly, won the event in 1 minute, 1.02 seconds on Tuesday. She also teamed up with junior Alexa Sullivan and sophomores Ellie Lao and Lily Lao to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Glacier Peak also had a pair of tight 1-2 individual finishes between teammates. Lily Lao beat Sullivan by 0.32 seconds to win the 200 freestyle, while junior Isabella Hoopes edged first-year teammate Alena Lehmann by just 0.13 seconds to win the 500 freestyle.

A few events later, Lehmann claimed victory in the 100 breaststroke.

Addison Farman, another freshman from Glacier Peak, took first place in diving with 231.35 points.

“What’s really amazing is that all this time these girls have been so positive about each other,” Neff said. “My top level daughters are sitting there screaming at the top of their lungs for someone swimming their first 100 fly or their first 500 freestyle. This is the culture of our team. And we don’t get to 10-0 without that kind of leadership.

Snohomish (6-3, 6-2) was led by sophomore Mary Clarke, who accelerated to wins in the 50 freestyle (25.00) and 100 backstroke (59.56). These two times would have won the top 15 at the last Class 3A state reunion in 2019.

Last month Clarke won the 50 and 100 freestyle races at the prestigious Mukilteo Invite. And in her first year last spring, she broke the Snohomish program record in the 50 freestyle.

“She’s very close in a few of our other (records),” Service said. “She hasn’t broken one yet this year, but she’s like hovering right on the cusp. So the districts and the state are going to be incredibly exciting.

Snohomish senior Anna Kowalchyk, who twice qualified for state 3A in the 100 breaststroke, won the 100 freestyle (55.76) and 200 IM (2: 16.55).

Clarke and Kowalchyk also helped the Panthers to two relay victories. The two teamed up with senior Rylee Johnston and sophomore Grace Andrews to win the 200 medley relay (1: 54.80). And in the final round of the competition, Clarke, Kowalchyk, senior Macky Blackwell and junior Kimi Nakamura-Doudt won the 400 freestyle relay (3: 45.63). Both times they would have won the top 15 in the 2019 3A State Meet.

“You just have to look at some of these relays, and man, they move,” Neff said.

Both teams also celebrated Seniors’ Night midway through the game, which included short speeches from the coaches on each of their senior citizens.

“The girls all know each other,” said Neff. “They all love each other. And that’s what makes dating like this really fun. Even though there is this factor of rivalry – even though we are on both sides of the neighborhood – we have a long history of being together. There is no animosity, no hard feelings. We go out and have fun.

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