The Washington state Girls Swimming and Diving State Tournament was held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Nov. 9-10.
This season the Marysville Getchell/Marysville-Pilchuck swim and dive team did not send any swimmers to the State competition. However, the Chargers’ senior Lexi Kilbourn qualified to compete in the State diving contest.
Kilbourn battled with strep throat heading into the week of State but still competed at an extremely high level. She entered the competition slotted at 21st out of 24 participating divers. After the first cuts in the preliminary round, Kilbourn earned a spot in the second day of competition, the semi-finals. With a final score of 194.60 in the round, she barely missed a spot in the finals by three points and finished in 17th place.
“Despite her battle with strep throat she stayed incredibly resilient and battled through. There are plenty of people that wouldn’t have been able to function, let alone compete, at a high level. She had some really beautiful dives and we are so proud of what she was able to do,” said Marysville Head Coach Meredith Franks.
Kilbourn finished her high school career with three consecutive trips to the State Diving competition. In all three of her State seasons she was able to make it through the prelims and finished 10th with a score of 316.20, 11th with 300.00 and finally 17th this year.
“You’re going to have bad practices and bad meets, but you have to push through those days. You need to hold on to the good memories and be fearless. Try new dives that you don't believe you can do because you're more powerful and stronger than you think. You control you and don't let you hold yourself back from becoming amazing,” said Kilbourn, when asked about her advice to young divers.
With the conclusion of the State Tournament, girls swim and dive is done for the season. With a lot of young talent, Marysville will look to improve in the offseason and make a push for their top athletes to compete at State.