Prep boys swimming: Five swimmers and five teams to watch
Newport returns state meet placers Andrew Pana, Dave Makharvoks, Will Dittig and Aaron Elhajj.
Abrahm Devine, Lakeside, Sr. — The 3A defending 200 IM and 500 free state champion will continue to focus on the distances, now and when he begins his career at Stanford next fall. Holds the state and 3A meet record in the 200 IM at 1:47.60.
Tommy Thach, Kennedy Catholic, Sr. — Texas Christian commit was second in the 100 butterfly and, to Devine, in the 200 IM as a junior.
Stephen Boden, Archbishop Murphy, Sr. — Wisconsin signee is the two-time defending 2A champ in both the 200 IM and 500 free. Holds the 2A meet record in the IM at 1:52.01.
Ian Caldwell, Mercer Island, Sr. — He and his Islander teammates won both the 200 and 400 free relays a year ago, while Caldwell was a Top 8 finisher in the 100 and 200 free.
Thomas Anderson, Federal Way, Jr. — Shocked the 4A meet a year ago as a sophomore with a pair of state titles, in the 50 free and 100 back. Set the meet and overall state record in the back at 48.10 seconds.
Newport — Ascended to the top of the 4A mountain a year ago, and has plenty of young talent returning. Senior Andrew Pana is joined by state-meet placers Dave Makharvoks, Will Dittig and Aaron Elhajj, all juniors.
Issaquah — Climbed into second place behind Newport in the 4A team race a year ago. With several returnees from high-placing relay teams in seniors Henry Pratt and Gabe Florsheim, along with junior Jason Klein, can the Vikings climb the final step?
Mercer Island — The Islanders lost talents Andrew Weiss and Noah Deiparine from its 3A state title-winning squad last February, but with Caldwell and fellow senior Ben Gore still in the fold, Chauntelle Johnson’s team generally reloads. The Islanders won’t want to give up the crown just a year after getting it back after Lakeside’s pair of wins in 2012 and 2013.
Bellevue — Coach Andy Hay’s team could add intrigue to the 3A mix come February, led by senior Marco Stanchi, junior Daniel Prang and sophomore Sebastian Steen. Whether the Wolverines have enough to get from second place (in 2013) to first will be seen.
Archbishop Murphy — The Wildcats enter the 2014-15 season as the two-time defending 2A champs. ATM still has one of the best in the state, at any level, in senior Stephen Boden. Add fellow senior Austin Barnard and upcoming sophomore Anthony Mikhail, and the Wildcats may be shooting for three in a row in February.