The Bellevue girls swim and dive team brought home the first place trophy from the state 3A meet on Saturday, with some record-setting swims and exceptional dives. Bellevue and Lakeside were neck and neck throughout the meet until the very last relay team brought the win home. It was a close meet where every single point counted, and just about every race depended on Bellevue swimmers performing even better than they had in the previous day's preliminary heats.
Sophomore Janelle Rudolph was honored as one of two "Swimmers of the Meet" for her outstanding performance. Janelle scored first place in the 50 free,in 23.02 seconds, and first in the 100 back with 54.80 - both automatic All-American times.
Senior co-captain Sarah Walsh took third in a very close diving event where the first and third place divers' scores were only three-tenths of a point apart.
Junior Delora Li took first in the 100 fly and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. She also represented the team on the fourth-place 200 free relay, with Aneta Wyzga, Eleanor Casey and Elena Acevedo.
Aneta Wyzga, also a junior, took the blue ribbon in the 500 free and a second place in the 200 free.
In the 200 individual medley, sophomores Rachel Jin took third and Rylee Siripipat took tenth. Rachel placed fifth in the 100 butterfly. In the 100 breast, Rylee took ninth place and senior co-captain Katie Duff scored 14th place.
Janelle, Aneta Wyzga, Rachel Jin and Delora Li swam in the 400 free relay that decided the meet with a time of 3:29.16. In the 200 medley relay, Janelle, Rylee Siripipat, Rachel Jin and Elena Acevedo teamed up for a second place finish.