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Shelton youths go to cheer camp page B-3 Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 -Mason County Journal - Page B-1 New coach hits the lanes page B-5 S Sheiton swimmer places 24th at state By EMILY HANSON emi y@masoncoun , com Heading into the 3A WIAA State Girls Swimming Championship, Hannah Womer wasn't focused on placing. The Shelten senior wanted to set a personal record in the 50-yard freestyle, the event she'd received a wildcard entry into after the 3A West Central District III Swimming Champi- onship on Nov. 7 and 8. "rm excited," Womer said during early morning practice Nov. 13. "I'm used to the pool (at King County Aquatic Center) now. It's a weird pool, but I feel confident after two years." Womer swam the event in 26.98 seconds -- missing her goal of 25.8 -- in the preliminary round and failed to advance to the finals. She placed 24th in the event; she had entered state seeded 23rd with a time of 26.51. The meet ends her high school swimming career. "It's sad that my season's over, but it will be a good break to have more time," Womer said on the phone Friday as she traveled back to Shelton. "It was good to be able to swim at state. I swam as hard as I could." Friday was Womer's third career appear- ance at the state meet. Last year, she com- peted in the 100-yard breaststroke and as part of the 200-yard medley relay. As a sophomore, Womer raced on the 200-yard freestyle relay team. ~ Co-head coach Rob Phelan said Womer swam well. "It's tough to go up to a meet and be the only one," Phelan said. "She made a couple little er- rors, but it was a good, solid swim to finish up her four years." = Preparing for state Heading into the championship meet, Womer and co-head coach Chad Youn4 quist knew this meet would be different than others this season. First, the 3A division competed Friday morning, with warm-ups beginning at 8 a.m. During the regular season and through dis- tricts, Womer competed in the afternoon and into the early evening. Youngquist said the time shift would be fighting against Womer's biorhythms. To help, Youngquist arranged for Womer to practice from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday last week. "You'd like to think that if (she's) think- ing about performing in the morning, then Friday sheRl be thinking competitively," Youngquist said Nov. 13. "The good thing is, everybody's fighting the same thing." Womer was also preparing to swim in a dif- ferent type of pool than she was used to. "It's a 50-meter pool, which is longer than a 25-yard pool," Womer said. "There are two bulkheads in the middle to make it 25 yards, but they float, so the line on the bottom of the pool goes all the way across the pool." Swimmers are trained to make their turn when fhey see the "T" painted on the bottom of the pool. That mark isn't near the bulkheads, making turns more difficult. "The 50 is really fast," Womer said. "With the breaststroke (last year) there were four lengths so I had time. With the 50, it's over and done in less than 30 seconds." Youngquist said having a quick tempo would be important at state because the event is a sprint. "We're also trying to rest, so we're doing quality technique at a really high tempo, but in short bursts," he said about the training Womer did the week before state. Youngquist said Womefs goal for state was realistic. "She's had a lot of challenges this season," he said. "I don't think she's where she could be." fma Womer's best 50 freestyle this season was 26.4, while her career best was 26.3. "(It was) not a personal record, but a good showing, Youngquist said of Womer's prelimi- nary swim. Womer didn't make excuses for her time Friday. "It was an adjustment to have to swim in the morning, but we've been preparing all week," she said. TOP: Shelton senior Hannah Womer dives into the pool Nov. 13 during swim practice before school. RIGHT: Womer swims laps. LEFT: Sheiton girls swimming co-head coach Chad Youngquist watches senior Hannah Womer swim laps. Womer practiced in the morning last week to prepare her body for early- morning competition at the 3A WlAA State Girls Swimming Championship on Friday and Saturday. The 3A schools competed at 9 a.m. Journal photo by Emily Hanson