Kayhi swim and dive members Jessilynn Sivertsen, Emma Campbell, and Laura Sherrill participated in the Swim & Dive State Meet this past weekend. While Sivertsen and Campbell did not qualify for the finals, Sherrill finalized for both of her races, the 200 yard IM and the 200 yard Butterfly.
“I did better than I thought I would,” said Sherrill. “I dropped 3 seconds from my lifetime best during the prelims on the 200 IM, I was super happy about that.”
Sherrill ended up placing 7th in the 200 yard IM (2:15.63), and 6th in the 100 yard Butterfly (1:00.47). She said that both of those times were a second away from her personal records.
Even though high level of competition at state affected the girls’ performances, they were good at keeping each other composed.
“The pressure definitely affected my performance. Jessilynn was good at getting me to calm down, but it’s really scary,” said Sherrill. “It’s your one shot to swim against people from up north.”
The Lady Kings (0-1) lost to the East Anchorage Thunderbirds (1-0) 60-48 yesterday. They will play the Chugiak Mustangs (0-1) — who lost to Wasilla — at 12:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Kayhi trailed by 18 midway through the third, until the Kings went on an 11-3 run to close out the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kayhi managed to cut the lead down to six, but could not capture the lead. Senior Brittany Slick scored 18 and Junior Ashley Huffine scored 16. The girls shot 8 out of 20 from the three-point arc.
Kayhi has only played Chugiak at the state tournament, and the teams have gone back and forth. The first time they played was in the 2016 state tournament, where the Kings won 46-30. Last season the Lady Kings faced off against the Mustangs under the same circumstances — the Lady Kings lost 57-43.
The winner of this game will move on to play for fourth place and play the winner of West Valley and West Anchorage game at 11:00 a.m. The loser is eliminated from the tournament.
Game 11, 11:00 a.m. West Anchorage (8) vs West Valley (4)
Game 12, 12:30 p.m. Chugiak (7) vs Ketchikan (6)
Game 15, 6:30 p.m. Dimond (1) vs Colony (5)
Game 16, 8:00 p.m. Wasilla (3) vs East Anchorage (2)