Kamiak, Eastlake's Kim finish on top | 4A Boys Swimming
Edward Kim of Eastlake won his fifth and six career state titles, and Kamiak got past defending champ Stadium for the team title.
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FEDERAL WAY — As he went to sleep Friday night, Eastlake's Edward Kim found himself adjusting his goals on the fly.
He started considering the rarefied air.
Kim then went out and made a run at one of the state's more revered records — that 50-yard freestyle mark of 20.02 seconds by Newport's Ugur Taner back in 1992.
"I really wanted to," admitted Kim, who swam the second-fastest time in state-meet history (20.11) on Saturday at the Class 4A boys championships. "I was thinking about it last night. 'What if ... ' 'What if ... ' It would be so great."
Perhaps the 20.41 prelim time (now the third-fastest time in state history) he threw up on Friday at the King County Aquatic Center bolstered the Eastlake junior.
How did he shave three-tenths of a second off in 24 hours?
"I didn't shave yesterday," Kim said. "I shaved down today. And I focused more on my positioning. The little things, they add up."
For Kim, who later won the 100 butterfly in 48.00 seconds for his sixth career state title (and fifth different event title), those little things added up to his second consecutive Class 4A Swimmer of the Meet award, as well.
Meanwhile, Kamiak and Stadium staged a razor-close battle for team supremacy.
The Tigers, the defending champs from Tacoma, led through the first eight events. But Stadium was hurt by its relegation to the consolation final of the 200 free relay. Kamiak claimed the team title for the second time in three years, 207 points to 170, over those Tigers after the teams' 400 free relays finished in a dead heat at 3:13.03 to end the meet.
"There is some strategy there," Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. "Everybody is making some sacrifices. We put Eben (Schumann) in the 200 free relay, even though we are a second faster in the medley with him. We might have been All-America as a relay team there, but it could have taken us out of the top eight (in the 200 free relay).
"In order to win a team title, that's the way we do it."
Kamiak won the team crown while winning only a single championship final. Liam Sosinsky won the last individual event of the night, the 100 breaststroke, in an automatic All-America time of 57.08.
"Maybe we'll just go out and quietly do our job, and not have anything to talk about," Erickson said just before the start of Saturday's action.
But doing the job meant that the Knights scored points where they were supposed to. That effort was good enough to win the title.
Kim wasn't the only individual double winner. Kentridge junior Chase Bublitz took the 200 and 100 free titles, both in automatic All-America times of 1:39.51 and 45.21, respectively.