Curtis High School senior Brian Woodbury was straightforward in stating his intention of breaking the Class 4A South Puget Sound League boys swim meet record of 52.67 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke.
A veteran swimmer comfortable with his skills in the pool, Woodbury took one look at the record about 90 minutes before Saturday afternoon’s race at Rogers High School, and then went out and shattered it.
The Georgia Tech-bound Woodbury clocked a 50.51 in the 100 backstroke and also captured a league title in the 200 freestyle (1:47.46) in leading the Curtis Vikings (317 points) to the team championship.
“He’s the best well-rounded swimmer I’ve ever coached,” Curtis coach Mark Olson said of Woodbury, who holds school records in the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. “He’s a one-of-a-kind ... the kind that don’t come around very often.”
Woodbury opted to swim the 200 free Saturday because his team needed someone (he doesn’t plan on swimming it at the West Central District or state meets), and still won it.
“It was just fun ... why not?” said Woodbury, who previously qualified for state in the 200 IM and 100 back.
Woodbury’s time of 1:52.00 in the 200 IM, which he swam earlier this season, stacks up well at state when compared with last year’s finalists.
“But who knows who will come up (this year)?” he said.
Kentridge finished second (221 points) behind a strong performance from senior Chase Bublitz. After winning state titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle events last year, Bublitz captured league titles Saturday in the 100 free (47.40) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.94).
“I haven’t swam the 100 breast in a while so I thought it would be something fun ... a little different,” Bublitz said. “(The) 100 free is one of my favorites, so I thought I would go with something old and something new.”
Bublitz plans to swim the 50 free and 100 butterfly at state, events he won as a sophomore.
Rogers junior Mitchell Crossen matched a season-best time in the 50 free, winning in 22.84.
“It felt really good,” Crossen said. “I trained hard, and it came out. I do a bunch of sprints in practice, so I train hard that way.”
Other event winners Saturday included Mount Rainier’s Grant Meyers in the 100 butterfly (55.55) and Joseph Burdine in the 500 free (5:17.89); Federal Way’s Thomas Anderson in the 200 IM (2:01.94); Curtis’ 200 medley relay (1:40.67); Kentridge’s 200 free relay (1:31.22) and Brady Schutt in 1-meter diving (315.35 points); and Kentwood’s 400 free relay (3:24.26).