Meadowdale’s Keane wins third straight 3A swim title in 50 free

Meadowdale senior Anna Keane finished second in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A state championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Keane took first place in the 50 freestyle, which she won for the third straight year. (Photos by David Pan)
Meadowdale senior Anna Keane finished second in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A state championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Keane took first place in the 50 freestyle, which she won for the third straight year. (Photos by David Pan)
Meadowdale’s Anna Keane hugs Columbia River’s Monica Bottelberghe after the 100-yard freestyle finals.
Keane hugs Columbia River’s Monica Bottelberghe after the 100-yard freestyle finals.
Meadowdale’s Anna Keane (left) accepts the first place medal after winning the 50-yard freestyle.
Keane (left) accepts the first place medal after winning the 50-yard freestyle.

Meadowdale senior Anna Keane wrapped up an amazing high school swim career with a third straight title at the 3A state championships Saturday night at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Keane led from start to finish in the 50-yard freestyle finals, clocking in with an automatic All-American time of 23.21 seconds, just 1/100 slower than her time in Friday’s preliminaries. Keane won the event as a sophomore and junior.

“Three in a row for the 50 free was amazing,” Keane said.

Keane, who is headed to Northwestern University, was hoping to drop some time in the event.

“I felt really strong in the water but somewhere along the way I lost 1/100 of a second,” Keane said. “It really felt as good as my prelims swim.”

Keane also came in as the two-time defending champion in the 100 freestyle and ended up setting a personal record in what was the final individual event of her high school career. The Meadowdale standout, however, was edged out by Foss senior Emma Chard, who won the event in 50.17. Keane’s time of 50.48 was .15 seconds faster than her prelim time. Both were automatic All-American times.

“I was very happy,” Keane said. “It was a best time for me. I got faster every single year. … It felt good. It felt fast. She was able to get me at the end. It was a close race.”

Girard described Keane’s high school career as pretty special.

“The fact that she did get her best time (in the 100 free), I think that’s a really great accomplishment,” Girard said. “She did well in her signature event and that’s the 50 free. She’s walking away from a great high school career.”

Keane also helped Meadowdale’s 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams advance to the consolation finals. The Mavericks finished ninth in the 400 relay and 10th in the 200 medley relay.

The Meadowdale senior enjoyed being a part of her team’s relays.

“I’ll probably remember the most being able to bring relays down here and having that team aspect and having my teammates behind the block cheering me on,” Keane said. “I know my older siblings didn’t always get that. Sometimes they were the only one down here at state, which is hard.”

Many people have supported Keane through the years, including Girard, Keane’s club coach, her parents and older siblings and her teammates.

“It’s really been a whole community of people,” Keane said.

— By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

By David Pan

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