Jackson’s Limargo claims 4A state championship | Swimming
Last updated 11/17/2017 at Noon
Panic can do a lot of things to even elite athletes.
It can force them to freeze up at the most critical time. It also can spur athletes on to greater achievements.
Jackson senior Chloe Limargo falls into the second camp.
Limargo and Skyline’s Dannika Himes were neck and neck for the first 50 yards of the 100 breaststroke finals with Himes .02 seconds ahead.
The Jackson senior then went into overdrive in the second half of the race and pulled away from Himes to win her first individual state title at the 4A Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 11, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“I think I panicked,” Limargo said. “Honestly, I don’t know why whenever I panic and I’m swimming I just go a lot faster. I don’t know the full logic behind it, but I panicked. That’s probably not good for the state of mind, but it’s working.”
Limargo, who is headed to San Jose State, finished with a time of 1 minute, 3.51 seconds, which earned her All-American consideration. Himes placed second in 1:04.43.
“Chloe is an incredible swimmer and a great teammate,” Jackson coach Drew Whorley said. “It was very special to watch her win the 100 breaststroke. I’m so happy for her. She was an exceptional leader for us this year and I look forward to reading about her successes in the pool at San Jose.”
Limargo also took home a seventh place medal in the 200 individual medley.
Since joining the swim team, Limargo has, in some ways been in the background, while former teammate Nicole Limberg won five state titles and became the Timberwolves’ one and only three-time state champion in the 100 breaststroke. Limberg, who is swimming at Rice University, also won back-to-back 200 individual medley titles.
Limargo was content to wait for her turn.
“So it was kind of like OK, I’ll be in the shadow for a little while and then now I get to keep hold of this title for our school,” Limargo said.
Before Limberg left for college, she talked with Limargo. The only two individual events Limargo swims 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley just happened to be Limberg’s two individual events.
“She came up and grabbed me by both shoulders (and said) ‘Listen I’ve been winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke for the past two years. You’ve got to do that now,’” Limargo said. “I wasn’t able to do that with the 200 IM. I’m glad that I was able to do it with the 100 breaststroke.”
Limargo came home with two other medals, as Jackson’s 200 medley relay (with teammates Heidi Ly, Mia Chang and Alexis Nims) finished second and the 200 freestyle relay with the same four placed third.
Whorley was thrilled by the two relays’ performance.
“After winning the 200 medley relay last year at state, I didn’t anticipate being able to get that high on the podium again after graduating Maddie (Pressler) and Nicole (Limberg),” Whorley said. “They dropped two seconds in a week and swam a great race. It was impressive.
“The 200 freestyle relay ended up breaking our school record by almost three seconds. We thought that breaking the record was doable, but to do it in that fashion and to be top 3 at state exceeded my expectations.”
Chang, a freshman, took third in the 100 backstroke and finished fifth in the 200 individual medley.
“Mia was a great addition to the team this year,” Whorley said. “She qualified to swim every event at the state meet, which is not an easy accomplishment. Her times are fast, but it’s how she swims that I really enjoyed.
She’s got a lot of heart and (is) very aggressive in her approach to racing. Mia approached everything with confidence and a smile.”
Ly placed sixth in the 100 backstroke and was 11th in the 200 individual medley. Nims placed 13th in the 100 freestyle.
GLACIER PEAK EARNS MEDALS: A number of Glacier Peak swimmers and a diver earned medals at the 4A Swimming and Diving Championships. The Grizzlies’ 200 medley relay team of Kiah Lines, Kynseth Mann, Riley Fidler and Emily Hoopes finished fourth. Mari Hsieh took fifth place in diving. Mann finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke. Fidler placed eighth in the 50 freestyle and was ninth in the 100 butterfly. Ryzele Lagdaan took 10th in diving and Lines was 13th in the 100 backstroke.