Skyline Claims First Washington Boys 4A State Title in Program History

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The 2019 Washington Boys 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships took place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Despite not having any individual champions, Skyline used their impressive depth to secure their first team title in program history. They finished the meet with 271 points ahead of Curtis (251) and Newport Bellevue (185).

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Skyline – 271
2. Curtis – 251
3. Newport Bellevue – 185
4. Wenatchee – 182
5. Kamiak – 178

Skyline’s Samuel Shauf (24.48), Colin Huynh (26.06), Jeremy Kin (22.80) and Joost Christoffles (21.13) began the meet by winning the 4×50 medley relay in 1:34.47, just ahead of runner-up Newport Bellevue (1:34.91) and third-place finisher Wenatchee (1:35.24). Skyline’s time broke Issaquah’s 4A meet record of 1:34.83 set last season.

Curtis freshman Patrick Keough cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:41.03 in what proved to be a close race. Hanford’s Skyler Younkin finished second in 1:41.40 while Kamiak’s Maxwell Fang took a close third in 1:41.57.

North Creek’s Brandon Stride won the 200 IM in 1:50.26, shaving just over a second off of his prelims time. Newport Bellevue’s Nathan Lee raced to second in 1:52.36 while Jackson’s Justin Limberg placed third in 1:54.04.

Tahoma’s Nathan Ainsworth splashed-and-dashed his way to a win in the 50 free, stopping the clock in a quick 20.97 to finish only .01 ahead of runner-up Zach Washburn (20.98) of Moses Lake. West Valley Yakima’s Erik Feldmann finished third in 21.14.

Andrew Adam of Auburn Riverside dove to first on the 1-meter board after posting a final score of 470.70 for the win. Issaquah’s Robert Greg took second with 445.65 points followed by Cascade Everett’s Joseph Hoffman who finished third with a score of 434.00.

Younkin flew to the top of the podium in the 100 fly, clocking in at 49.18 as the first of only three swimmers under 50 seconds. 200 free champion Keough finished second in 49.29 while Camas’ Jaden Kim finished third in 49.59.

Wenatchee’s Connor Elwyn sprinted to the gold medal in the 100 free, finishing the race in 45.80. Washburn swam to earn the silver medal in a close 45.91 while Feldmann grabbed the bronze in a final time of 46.27.

It was a family affair in the 500 free as Kamiak twin brothers Vlad Gilszmer and Slava Gilszmer took the top two spots. Vlad ultimately took first in 4:35.12, five seconds ahead of Slava’s 4:40.61. Curtis’ Matthew Dingess placed third in 4:43.12.

It was another close race as Moses Lake’s Brett Jorgensen (21.96), Noah Heaps (22.14), Dylan Bond (21.56) and Cole Lindberg (20.74) combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:26.40. Skyline (1:26.61) and Kamiak (1:26.84) completed the top three.

Elwyn added another gold to his hardware by powering home to a win in the 100 back, doing so with a winning time of 50.43. Newport Bellevue’s Kevin Kyi raced to second in 50.59 and Curtis’ Aaron Samms finished third in 51.22.

Not too long after winning the 200 IM, Stride led the charge in the 100 breast as the first of only 10 swimmers under 60 seconds, getting his hands to the wall in 56.61 ahead of Limberg (56.94) and Huynh (57.76).

Kamiak’s Fang (46.66), Alex Kirby (48.05), S. Gilszmer (48.19) and V. Gilszmer (46.83) concluded the meet by winning the 4×100 free relay in 3:09.73. Curtis (3:10.58) and Moses Lake (3:11.49) rounded out the top three podium finishers.

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