RENTON — The Peninsula Seahawks scored 143 points and placed fourth on Saturday at the West Central District III swimming and diving championships at Hazen High School.
The top-five finishers in each event earned allocations to the Class 3A state championships, which will take place Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Kennedy won the district title with 246 points, while Hazen placed second and North Thurston third.
Peninsula already had state berths sewn up in a few events after swimmers recorded automatic qualifying times earlier in the season.
The Seahawks’ Caleb Riggs won a district title in the 100-yard breaststroke. A week after he broke the school record in the event, he swam to victory in 59.93 seconds. Riggs also placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:00.20).
The Seahawks previously qualified their 200 freestyle relay squad for state, and the foursome of Riggs, Travis Brunson, Matt Burkey and Alex Wenman finished third in 1:33.72.
In the 400 free relay, Peninsula’s team of Burkey, Brunson, Wenman and Riggs placed fourth in 3:24.10, about three seconds ahead of the state-qualifying standard.
Burkey, a senior, is a state medal contender in two individual events. He finished second in the 100 free (49.42) and was third in the 50 free (22.75). Both marks met state-qualifying standards.
Wenman will compete at state after he placed fourth in the 200 free (1:53.65), but he failed to advance in the 500 free.
Peninsula sophomore diver Paul Friedman will enter the state 1-meter competition with the third-highest qualifying score. His 364.80 points were good for second at the district event, and they trail only Aaron Moss of Shorecrest (513.80) and Brian Donohue of Kennedy (413.05).