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Originally published Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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Five Things to Watch in boys swimming this season

State records might be within reach this season for junior Edward Kim of Sammamish's Eastlake High School.

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1 Eastlake's Kim resets goals.

Edward Kim no longer is seeking swimming perfection.

The junior from Eastlake of Sammamish at one point hoped to capture Class 4A state titles in all eight individual events during his high school career. So far, he has titles in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, and 100 backstroke.

"I've given up on that one," Kim said with a laugh. "The breaststroke, I believe, is out of my reach.

"I also have sights on maybe a state record in the 200 freestyle (1:37.17, Nathan Adrian, Bremerton, 2006) and maybe the 100 backstroke (48.59, Evan Martinec, Wilson, 2000), because last year I was pretty close to them. That's more realistic and it's a cooler goal. It's something I can work for because those are both strong strokes of mine."

Kim said he'll wait to sort out which events he'll swim at state.

"I like to weigh my options to the very end," he said.

2 Can Mercer Island right the ship?

Mercer Island's string of six 3A boys state titles ended last February when Lakeside of Seattle captured its first championship. The Islanders were a close second.

Andrew Weiss and Noah Deiparino lead another strong Mercer Island team. Lakeside and Kennedy Catholic, however, are formidable again.

Lakeside's 2012 senior class, in succession, placed fourth, third, second and first.

"We had a lot of sophomores last year who are coming back as strong juniors this year," Lakeside coach Sally Rupert said.

Kennedy Catholic senior Thane Maudslien was Swimmer of the Meet in 3A last year after winning the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. He has won the state 100 butterfly title three times.

3 Issaquah, Kamiak look strong in 4A.

Three-time state qualifiers Austin Melody and Willy Matsuda lead an Issaquah team that finished second in 4A last year. Coach Laura Halter said the Eagles have a good freshman class.

But Kamiak, state champ in 2011 and third last season, will again be a factor, led by seniors Liam Sosinsky and John Stupey.

4 Kentridge's Bublitz chasing more hardware.

Chase Bublitz of Kentridge hopes to add more 4A state titles after capturing two last season.

Bublitz, a junior, won the 50 free and 100 fly after finishing second in the 50 and 100 free in 2011.

"I really want him to break the school record ... I feel like he really needs to step it up," Kentridge coach Michael Dobner said of Bublitz.

5 Is it Archbishop Murphy's year in 2A?

Since 2A swimmers got their own state meet in 2009, Sehome of Bellingham has won every title. Archbishop Murphy, runner-up last year, would like to change that.

Sehome graduated some top seniors, and two-time state champ Cole Avery is participating only in club swimming.

"It's a coin-flip season," said Archbishop Murphy coach Mike McCloskey, who is friends with Sehome coach Don Helling. "We both know what we have. ... If it comes down to the last relay, so be it."

Ron Newberry

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