Lindbergh swimmers take fourth at district meet

Three individual swimmers headed to states

The Lindbergh girls swim team raced to a fourth-place finish this past weekend in the 1A/2A district championship meet, with several Eagles swimmers finding their way to the podium.

The Eagles, who completed a perfect season with a league championship two weeks ago, finished with 138 total points. Port Angeles won the meet with 319, followed by North Kitsap and Steilacoom.

Renton finished 17th.

Junior Avery Knittle, freshman Rachel Knittle and freshman Parsin Lwai each brought home individual medals and each of the school’s relay teams found their way to the podium.

Avery Knittle had the best finish of the night for a Lindbergh swimmer, placing third in the 200-yard freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 2:06.10. Avery Knittle also finished sixth in the 100-yard freestyle and swam a leg of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, both of which finished sixth.

Rachel Knittle also had a big day, placing fifth in the 100-yard butterfly, fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and swam legs in the fifth-place 200-yard medley relay and the the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Lwai took home a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:05.19, good enough to qualify for states. Lwai was also part of the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Renton’s top individual swimmer was sophomore Naima Pai, who finished sixth in the 100-yard back with a state-qualifying time of 1:05.82.

Qualifying swimmers will compete this weekend in the state meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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