Girl's Swimming

Hanford's Tixier has a Pool of Talent

Hanford swimmer Stephanie Tixier has reached the top of the medal podium three times at the Class 3A state championships, but each time, she has stood alongside a cast of Falcons relay teammates.

Last year as a junior, she came close to an individual gold medal, finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly in Federal Way.

A solo title this season would be another highlight in a swim career that picked up steam when she joined the Tri-City Channel Cats at age 5.

The start of that journey also coincided with her learning that she had type 1 diabetes.