Wa-Hi's Timm-Ballard third in state in 100 Backstroke

Emma Timm-Ballard swims to a personal-best time of 58.11 for the finish Saturday night.

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Wa-Hi's Emma Timm-Ballard placed third in the 100-yard Backstroke at the Washington State Class 4A swim meet at King County Aquatic Center here Saturday.

Timm-Ballard swam a personal-best 58.11 in the event.

Skyline's Katie Kinnear won in 55.37.

"Emma had two incredible swims and lifetime best times," Blue Devils coach Katharine Curles said. "She swam her races very smartly and was tough mentally and physically. State is a high pressure high stress meet and she handled it like a pro - we couldn't ask for any more.

"And her teammates were great and supportive cheerleaders," Curles said.

Timm-Ballard also placed 11th in the 200-yard Freestyle in 1:56.98.

On Friday, Wa-Hi's Abby Crowley placed 23rd in the 50 Freestyle and 22nd in the 100 Backstroke, in 26.26 and 1:02.29, respectively.

"Although she won't be swimming (Saturday), she has had an incredible season and made great strikes," Curles said of Crowley's effort. "She has a ton to be proud of."

The Blue Devils' 200-yard Freestyle relay team of Crowley, Timm-Ballard, Natalie Fink and Cheyenne Schoen placed 19th in preliminaries on Friday in 1:46.36.

"They all had great swims and it was such a good experience for them to swim at this high level," Curles said.

"It was a great way to end the season and I can't wait until next year."

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