nw swimming 1Big Picture student Nicole Wen competes on the Sammamish High School swim team. The SHS Girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay competed at the King County Aquatics Center last weekend in the State finals. They competed with both heart and grit. Team members Blaire Ziegan (sophomore), Nicole Wen (sophomore), Aliza Ben-Varon (junior) and Gillian Matthes (junior) swam their personal bests during the preliminaries. Pulling a shoulder muscle during her race, Aliza could not compete in the final heat and was replaced at the last minute by Sophomore Leah Topp who swam her personal best time and helped the team finish strong. This same relay team finished 11th in the 400 Freestyle Relay and Matthes finished 10th in the 100 Breaststroke. Also qualifying for the State meet in Dive were Sammamish divers: McKenna Troje (sophomore), Nakita Hesketh (sophomore) and Savannah Hesketh (sophomore), finishing 9th, 12th and nw swimming 221st respectively. One of the smallest teams in attendance, these SHS swimmers and divers showed both talent and perseverance and exemplified Totem Pride as they finished 17th in the State!

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.