Bellevue wins district swim title in smashing fashion
Lakeside senior Abrahm Devine and Franklin junior Dean Nguyen were double winners at 3A SeaKing meet Saturday.
Special to The Seattle Times
MERCER ISLAND — Three down, one to go.
The Bellevue Wolverines added the 3A SeaKing District title to their rapidly expanding stash of trophies from the 2014-15 boys swim season on Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool. For the third consecutive postseason competition, KingCo rival Mercer Island finished as the runner-up, 333-213.
Two weeks ago, Bellevue beat the Islanders for the league dual meet championship. A week ago, the Wolverines claimed the KingCo league title, snapping Mercer Island’s streak of 15 consecutive wins at that meet.
“We have the one that matters to go,” Wolverines coach Andy Hay said, referring to the state meet that begins at King County Aquatic Center on Friday. “It’s theirs to win. It’s theirs to lose. I couldn’t have planned this.”
Bellevue won all three relays at the district meet and added one individual title, Nathan Shao’s 500 free victory in 4:49.59.
Lakeside senior Abrahm Devine changed his program for state this winter, eschewing the 500-yard freestyle that he has won each of the last two years and replacing it with the 100 butterfly that happens just two events after his other state event — the 200 IM (in which he also is the defending champ).
“I’ve won the 500 before, and my teammate (senior Carter Jacobsen) has a pretty good shot,” Devine said. “I wanted to give him the opportunity.”
And since Devine actually is focusing not on state but the U.S. Senior Sectional meet that happens two weeks after state, the fly is a chance to practice for that effort.
“The 400 IM is my best event,” Devine said. “So it’s great I am getting to practice the 100 fly a couple of weeks before my big meet.”
All Devine did in the 100 fly on Saturday was swim a blistering 50.10 to win the district title in an All-America consideration time. He was the meet’s first double winner, having won the 200 IM in 1:56.64 earlier.
Nguyen a double winner
Franklin junior Dean Nguyen also won both of his events. He started his day by capturing the 100 free in 46.67 seconds, just ahead of Mercer Island’s Ian Caldwell at 46.84, then won the 100 breaststroke in 58.99 seconds, the only swimmer under a minute in the event. Both times set Nguyen up for a potentially big state weekend.
“I’m looking to win it,” Nguyen said. “The guys behind me are just a sliver off, though.”