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Bellevue cruises to 3A state swim title

The Wolverines’ depth — 18 individuals, a diver and all three relays made the finals — left every team at the King County Aquatic Center in their wake.


Special to The Seattle Times

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FEDERAL WAY — Nothing stood in the way of the Bellevue locomotive Saturday morning at the Class 3A state swim championships.

The Wolverines’ depth — 18 individuals, a diver and all three relays made the finals — left every team at the King County Aquatic Center in their wake.

Bellevue, which won its first state title since 1999, scored 406 points to win the title. The Wolverines won by 181 points over runner-up Mercer Island (225), the defending champ, and are the first boys team from any classification to score more than 400 points since Mercer Island‘s 475 in 2008.

“They’re out of this league,” Lakeside coach Rob Sjoberg said. “I’ve been on the other end of that,” Mercer Island coach Chauntelle Johnson added. “It’s nice. There’s just nothing we can do.”

All morning long, Bellevue did what it was expected to do.

The Wolverines won relays. They finished where they were seeded in their finals races.

“We had to remember, the important part was winning the championship,” senior Marco Stanchi said. “Not just setting it up for us.”

Not a single Bellevue swimmer won an individual event. But the Wolverines racked up points finishing third, fourth, fifth and beyond.

“There’s not a single person on the pool deck today that hasn’t made a contribution,” Bellevue coach Andy Hay said. “That’s just never the case in high-school swimming, at least not in Washington. Everybody always has one or two guys that carry them. We don’t have them. We don’t need them.”

Bellevue won the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 36.47 seconds to open the meet. It pulled away in the 200 free relay in an All-America consideration time of 1:26.18 then capped its dominant performance with a 3:10.10 swim in the 400 free relay.

“We just had to execute,” junior Dan Prang said. “We couldn’t let it slip from our grasp.”

Outside of Bellevue, three senior swimmers were double winners. Lakeside’s Abrahm Devine dominated the 200 individual medley in an All-America automatic time of 1:50.26, then added the 100 butterfly title in an All-America consideration swim of 49.95 seconds. He was named the swimmer of the meet.

Kennedy Catholic’s Tommy Thach posted two All-America consideration swims in the 200 free (1:38.47) and the 100 back (51.19). And Mercer Island’s Ian Caldwell grabbed the 50 (21.00) and 100 freestyle races (45.80), also in All-America consideration times.

The rest of the morning belonged to Bellevue, which has placed, consecutively over the last four years, sixth, third, second and now first.

“This championship was most important,” junior Zach Rossman said. “ This year is setting us up for years to come.”

Notes

• O’Dea sophomoreCasey Benson won the diving competition, scoring 453.95 points. Glacier Peak senior Camden Wunderlich won the 500 free in 4:35.90.

• Franklin junior Dean Nguyen beat Bainbridge senior CJ Waite by .02 for the 100 breast title in 57.70 seconds. O’Dea’s Ed Artis won the state Coach of the Year award.



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