Mount Si’s Holt finishes in the top 10 at state in diving, plus the rest of this morning’s news……

Time now for the other news. As we mentioned a bit ago, it was a special day at the Holt household yesterday. It wasn’t just Brayden making news, his sister also made news and in the process perhaps became a great example for her peers.

As you know and we have been telling you, Mount Si sophomore Kaitlyn Holt at mid-season became the first ever Wildcat girls’ diver as part of the Mount Si girls’ swimming and diving team. Well, she’s worked hard the past few weeks, and yesterday all that hard work paid off, as she finished as one of the best in the state.

Holt took 10th in the WIAA’s 4A diving portion of the girls’ state high school swim meet in Federal Way. She finished in a tie for that 10th spot with Kamiak’s Connie Chen, both scoring 288.45 points. Heather Hopkins, from Rogers in Puyallup, won the event title.

On the strength of Holt’s showing, Mount Si ended up 27th as a team in the 4A competition, with Holt’s efforts earning the Wildcats 6 1/2 team points. Good stuff for sure.

Other swimming on a Sunday:

Crumb’s weekend busy: Mount Si alum Julia Crumb has been busy the past two days, swimming in three events each in both of her college squad’s meets.

Crumb, a Pacific University-Oregon sophomore from Snoqualmie who graduated from Mount Si in 2018, raced Friday night individually in the 1650 yard freestyle, taking third (20:08.06), and the 100 yard breaststroke, taking fourth (1:17.14), in the Boxers’ meet against the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She also was part of a Pacific foursome in the 200 yard medley relay which took third (2:00.96). The Loggers won the meet 165-48.

Yesterday, Pacific was home meeting Lewis & Clark. Crumb raced the 1000 yard freestyle and 200 yard butterfly individually; she finished third in both events (12:14.76 in the freestyle and 2:31.19 in the butterfly) and also was part of the Boxer 400 yard freestyle relay foursome which finished second (4:20.09).

Pacific is at the George Fox Bruin Invite this coming weekend in Newberg, OR, to close out the 2019 portion of their season.

Western Washington women 2, Seattle Pacific 1 (GNAC Tournament Championship, Seattle): Moments like the one Karli White had in the 81st minute yesterday were made for the Valleyite. White, from North Bend and a 2015 MSHS grad, scored what turned out to be the conference title-winning goal for Western as they beat the Falcons and punched another ticket to the NCAA Division II national women’s tournament. The goal was the sixth of the season for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, who played 78 minutes of the contest for the Vikings, recording six shots, three on goal including that big tally that won it for Western. The GNAC sports info people conducted an interview with White following the match and posted it to Youtube, and you can see it below.

Seattle Pacific men 1, Northwest Nazarene 0: The Falcons closed out the season yesterday with their fourth straight win to end 2019 at 7-9-1, as they beat the Nighthawks in Nampa, ID. The lower Valley duo of Nik Reierson and Alden Massey both started for SPU in this one. Reierson, a junior, worked the full 90 on defense with no stats of note while Massey, a sophomore, was up front and worked 69 minutes, recording two shots, neither on goal with no goals scored. Both are from Duvall and are Cedarcrest HS grads.

Hawaii Pacific women 7, Holy Names-CA 1: It was a special Senior Day yesterday for Ames Lake’s Camryn Buck, as the 2016 MSHS closed out her college career helping the Sharks run away from the lowly visitors from northern California to finish the season above .500. Buck started on defense and worked the full 90, recording one shot, not on goal with no goals scored. HPU finished 9-7-1 on the season.

Seattle Pacific men 4, Montana State Billings 1 (Thu.): Massey scored a goal and added two assists for the Falcons as they blasted the Yellowjackets in Billings, MT. The sophomore’s tally proved to be the game-winner in the 24th minute, then he assisted on the opening goal for SPU by teammate Mario Vukic in the 18th, and the final Falcon goal in the 53rd by teammate Alex Mejia. In all, he started and played 68 minutes, with the goal being on his lone shot of the game. Reierson, too, started for SPU and worked the full 90 with a shot recorded; it was not on goal and he did not score any goals.

Hawaii-Hilo def. Concordia-Irvine 25-21, 9-25, 25-21, 25-14: Former Mount Si player Patience O’Neal’s efforts proved to not be enough for the Eagles as they fell in four at home in Irvine, CA, last night to the visiting Vulcans. O’Neal had 11 kills, two digs and two blocks leading Concordia. She is from Maple Valley, but played as a high school sophomore for Mount Si in 2015.

Cross Country: Valley high-schoolers travel to regional meet in Idaho
Top high school boys’ runners from the Valley raced in a big regional meet yesterday.

Mount Si’s Paul Talens and Austin Gappa along with Cedarcrest’s John Meier, Cade LaTurner and Sawyer Vondra all ran at the Nike Northwest Regionals, which took place at Eagle Island State Park just outside of Boise. They raced against a strong field of runners from all over the Northwest.

The Wildcat runners raced in the Championship division, with Talens finishing in a tie for 48th clocking 16 minutes, 10.30 seconds, and Gappa finishing 96th with a time of 16:31.20. Cedarcrest’s threesome ran in the Open division with Meier finishing 147th clocking 17:09.90, and both LaTurner (17:39) and Vondra (20:04.10) finishing further back. The five runners were not racing for their high schools in this meet as it was not a sanctioned high school event; they instead ran for “club” teams – the Mount Si runners ran under the “SIXC” banner while the Cedarcrest trio ran under the “Joe’s Running Club” banner. Neither of the schools’ top girls’ runners – Mount Si’s Ravenna Vaden or Cedarcrest’s Sonja Blycker – ran in this event.

Yesterday’s race closed out the cross country schedule for high schools locally.

College result:

NCAA Division III West Region championships, Claremont, CA: Spencer Sprague, from North Bend and a freshman at George Fox University in Oregon who graduated from Mount Si back in June, took 81st in the men’s race, clocking 28:37.7 on the course at Blanchard Park in the southern California city. Carnation’s Alicia Krivanek raced the 6k women’s race repping Pacific Lutheran University, and the sophomore, a 2018 Cedarcrest HS grad, finished 67th with a time of 24:47.8.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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