E-W’s Broadhead takes 4th at state meet | Girls swimming

200 medley relay wins swim-off, advances to consolation finals
By David Pan | Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Morgan Broadhead finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 11, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The senior standout competed in the 100 freestyle at the state meet all four years of high school.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Morgan Broadhead made it four for four in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Broadhead wrapped up her high school career with a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle. She finished in 53.45 seconds, dropping .04 seconds from her time in the preliminary heat. Broadhead finished fifth in the event at last year’s state meet. She also placed ninth as a freshmen and 10th during her sophomore year.

The Edmonds-Woodway standout also took 12th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.04.

“My 100 freestyle was definitely good,” Broadhead said. “My breaststroke was a little disappointing. I wasn’t as focused on that since I mostly came for the 100 free.”

Edmonds-Woodway coach Darrell Cray was impressed by Broadhead’s performance at state and throughout the season.

“She’s been working really hard all season and it’s kind of like when you see a swimmer of Morgan’s caliber, it’s a balance between working very hard and just being a natural swimmer,” Cray said. “Morgan is one of the most natural swimmers I’ve ever seen. The fact that she put in the work on top of that, is what made this such a good meet for her and it really came down to this meet and the road led here. She put it all in. She went all in and she got it.”

The Warriors’ 200 medley relay team of Broadhead, Ilaria Simmen, Alexis Song and Angella Kim took 15th overall, a significant achievement for a relay that Edmonds-Woodway didn’t even know would be swimming at state.

Cray noted that the relay earned the state’s only wildcard after a somewhat disappointing district performance.

“We did not have our best swim in the world but we wildcarded in,” Cray said. “Then we get here. We did not have our best swim again, but we tied for the 16th spot.”

That’s when the fun began. Edmonds-Woodway and Southridge had a swim-off after Friday’s preliminary heats were finished. The Warriors prevailed and advanced to Saturday’s consolation finals, where the team ended up moving up one place.

“The girls just got super motivated,” Cray said. “That’s the most motivated I’ve seen them all season long.”

Cray could tell the Warriors were getting amped up for the swim-off.

“I had feeling they were going to get it,” he said. “They usually perform the best when it’s that kind of expectation or that kind of pressure. I had a feeling they were going to pull that off and they did. They came together just like I thought they would.”

At the start of the season, Cray was anticipating that the 200 medley relay team would have a shot at state.

“I had a feeling all season long just because we have four girls that all swim a specialty stroke,” he said. “It doesn’t happen very often. … This is the first relay we’ve had qualify for finals in the last three years I believe. With hard work, anything can happen. The 200 medley relay showed that exactly.”

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