High School State Championships: Washington 2A, 3A, 4A Boys

FEDERAL WAY, Washington, February 23. THE boys high school swimming in Washington state came to a close as swimmers and divers competed in Federal Way in three divisions Feb. 17-18. Sehome (Division 2A), Seattle Lakeside (Division 3A) and Stadium (Division 4A) took home first-place team trophies.

Division 2A
Seven individual and two relay division records were erased. Two of them fell to Mark Morris senior Braden Mitchell, who posted times of 21.52 in the 50 yard free and 47.49 in the 100 free.

The other five new individual standards were set by Sehome freshman Cole Avery in the 100 back (52.23) and junior Patrick Gregory in the 100 breast (58.69), Renton senior Steve Sholdra in the 200 free (1:40.78), Archbishop Murphy junior Alec Barnard in the 100 fly (51.21) and Port Angeles senior Austin Fahrenholtz, who reset his 1-meter diving mark from last year (376.10) to 427.20.

Sehome's 200 free relay of Gregory, freshman Isaiah Grambo plus seniors Allen Cui and Casey Klipsch lowered the 2A record to 1:29.31. Archbishop Murphy put together a squad of juniors Hunter Cosgrove and Alec Barnard with freshmen Stephen Boden and Austin Barnard to set the 400 free relay standard at 3:15.52. Sehome's team of Avery, Gregory, junior Andy Small and Cui captured the 200 free relay in 1:39.90.

Steve Sholdra, a senior at Renton, cruised to a 4:29.10 in the 500 free. Avery was the only 2A swimmer under two minutes in the 200 IM with his 1:55.87.

Sehome's point total of 117 put it in first place, ahead of Archbishop Murphy (86), North Thurston (55), Pullman (40) and Anacortes (38).

Division 3A

Lakeside's 311 points put it just ahead of Mercer Island, who collected 300 points for second place. Bainbridge took the third spot with 229.5 points. Liberty came out 10 points ahead of Kennedy Catholic for fourth, 168-158.

Lakeside was led by senior Zach Wagner, who put together wins in the 50 free (20.87) and 100 free (45.47). He also swam on Lakeside's two winning relays. He anchored the 200 medley relay with freshman Abrahm Devine and seniors Robbie Adler and Kevin Yu for a 1:36.58, just 2-hundreths ahead of Mercer Island's team of sophomores Andrew Weiss and Noah Deiparine along with seniors Daniel Simons and Quinn Markwith (1:36.60). Lakeside had a much easier time of it in the 400 free relay. Seniors Sean Ekavithvorakul and Conrad Shabb joined junior Henry Stolz and Wagner for a 3:08.61.

Mercer Island spoiled a Lakeside sweep with its 200 free relay victory of 1:27.35. Sophomore Karl MacLane and senior Marco Signorelli partnered with Deiparine and MacLane for the triumph.

Thane Maudslien, a junior at Kennedy Catholic, doubled in the 200 free (1:38.79) and 100 fly (49.89). Andrew McCarthy, a senior at Bainbridge, held off Liberty senior Logan Briggs for the 500 free victory, 4:35.27-4:35.46. The margin of victory was even less'6-hundredths'in the 100 back, with Cameron Lindsay, a junior at Auburn Mountainview, ahead of Mercer Island sophomore Andrew Weiss, 51.29-51.34. Liberty junior Raymond Ha touched first in the 100 breast (57.46), and Tommy Thach, a freshman at Kennedy Catholic, captured the 200 IM in 1:50.85. Eddie Young, a senior at Shorewood, was tops in the diving competition, scoring 442.80 points.

Division 4A
Stadium's 229 points put it ahead of Issaquah's 205 points. Kamiak finished third with 189 points, just ahead of Newport's 154 and Gig Harbor's 135.

Logan Rysemus, a Stadium junior, put together a 1:50.97 in the 200 IM for the only Stadium individual victory. He led off Stadium's first-place 200 medley relay (1:37.23), joined by seniors Mateus Siquiera, Taylor Wright and Stefan Kubeja.

Issquah senior Brian Ruggles finished 1-tenth ahead in the 100 free, 47.39-47.49, with Sebastian Bury, a senior at Newport, claiming second. Ruggles found himself on the losing end of a tight battle, finishing second in the 50 free (21.25) to Kentridge sophomore Chase Bublitz (21.16). Bublitz was also victorious in the 100 fly (50.33).

Eastlake sophomore Edward Kim enjoyed victory twice during the meet, cruising to wins in the 200 free (1:38.72) and 100 back (48.84). Nick Connors, a senior at Richland, finished first in the 500 free (4:36.44), and Kamiak junior Liam Sosinsky triumphed in the 100 breast (57.45). It came down to the wire in the diving competition, with Jesse Labeda Sutton, a senior at South Kitsap, finishing with 391.55 points to Skyline junior Max Levy's 388.50 for the victory.

Kamiak's team of junior John Stupey, with seniors Tyler Cheung, Kyle Kusuda and Trent Roberts, claimed first in the 400 free relay by 4-hundredths over Eastlake's quartet of senior Henry O'Neil, freshman Jackson Berman, Kim and senior Zach Alleva, 3:14.47-3:14.51. Issaquah's 200 free relay of junior William Matsuda, senior David Nam, freshman Gabe Florsheim and Ruggles combined for a first-place 1:28.68.

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