Eastlake's Kim focused on more titles | 4A Boys Swimming
Eastlake junior Edward Kim, already a state champ in four different events, takes the top times into Saturday's finals of the 50 free and 100 fly.
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FEDERAL WAY — Edward Kim is still in position to win eight individual state championships in his high-school career. But he will probably not win titles in all eight events.
The Eastlake junior, already a state champion in four events, enters Saturday's finals of the Class 4A boys swim meet with the top qualifying times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly. A victory in the fly at the King County Aquatic Center would give him titles in a fifth different event.
But he won't pursue one in the 100 breaststroke.
"I did the math," Kim said. "I noticed (Roosevelt's) Keith Schendel, who's also a junior, is around a 57 in the 100 breast. My best is a 1:01."
And beating Schendel suddenly began looking more and more unlikely.
"I decided eight (overall state titles) was better than seven," Kim said.
Instead of the 100 breast, he went back this season to the 50 free, which he won at state as a freshman.
If Kim sweeps the 50 free and 100 fly Saturday, what's left for him to do as a senior?
"I'll make that decision next year," Kim said. "I was very close to the state records in the back and 200 free a year ago, or maybe I'll do the 200 IM. I think I can do well in that, too."
On Friday, Kim did more than just do well. His times in the 50 free (20.41 seconds) and 100 fly (48.82) were automatic All-American marks. His 50 free time is the second-fastest all-time in any classification at the state meet. Only Newport's Ugur Taner's state-record 20.02 in 1992 is faster.
"Honestly, I didn't see that coming," Kim said of the 20.41. "But I also made a couple of errors. I might be able to nick off a little more time."
Kim already has gone faster (20.28), he said, during his club season.
His performance in the 100 fly is third-fastest ever at the state meet, behind Richland's Cody Roberts (47.81) in 2009 and Taner (48.14) in 1992.
Kim led a barrage of quick times at the 4A meet.
Kentridge junior Chase Bublitz ripped off a 45.63 in the 100 free. Gig Harbor's Evan Indahl broke the school record in the 200 IM (1:53.00) by more than three seconds.
Curtis junior Brian Woodbury swam an automatic All-American time of 49.82 in his heat of the 100 back. And Kamiak senior Liam Sosinsky finished the fast night with a time of 57.39 in the 100 breast.
In the team race, Kamiak and Stadium advanced enough swimmers to championship and consolation finals to put the past two 4A team winners — Kamiak in 2011, Stadium in 2012 — in position to battle again with Newport of Bellevue.