2016-17 BOYS SWIMMING STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday-Saturday, King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way
Friday: 4A preliminaries begin at 9:45 a.m.; 2A preliminaries at 2 p.m. and 3A preliminaries at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 4A finals begin at 9:30 a.m.; 2A finals at 2:15 p.m. and 3A finals at 7 p.m.
2016 team champions
4A: Newport of Bellevue
Defending individual champions
4A: Mark Kim, Camas (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle); Jonathan Cook, Jackson (200 IM, 100 breaststroke); Maksim Dolbinin, Heritage (50 freestyle); Jeffrey Goong, Bothell (Diving)
3A: Daniel Ryaboshapka, Lakeside (Seattle) (100 backstroke)
2A: Derek Anderson, Lindbergh (Diving); Nathan Mathes, Anacortes (100 freestyle); James Buchanan, Lindbergh (100 backstroke)
4A: Camas’ Mark Kim and Jackson’s Jonathan Cook are the only defending champions in multiple events this year and are poised to make a run at a team title to overthrow Newport of Bellevue. The Papermakers’ Tom Utas enters as top seed in the 50 free, and Jaden Kim is the second seed 100 butterfly. Curtis’ Sam Abbott enters his last state finals as the top swimmer in the 100 freestyle and the fourth seed in the 50 freestyle. Sumner diver Rafael Rodriguez is looking to improve upon his fifth-place finish last year in the 3A championships.
3A: The field is virtually wide open for new champions to take individual titles as there is only one returning champion: Lakeside of Seattle’s Daniel Ryaboshapka in the 100 backstroke. However, Bainbridge looks to build upon last year’s freshman success with sophomores Makai Ingalls (100 butterfly) and William Waite (200 IM) near or at the top of the seedings. The South Sound is once again represented by Wilson and Stadium High School as the best chance to bring home any titles. The Rams’ experienced swimmers — Chris Harkness (200 freestyle) and Evan Chard (200 IM) — will need to overcome the youth of the Tigers’ Gabriel Nickels (200 freestyle) and Bryce Soriano (200 IM).
2A: Steilacoom almost always manages to stay in the mix for individual titles and a team championship. The Sentinels have finished in the top five of the team standings in each of the past four years. Their top swimmer, senior Seth Koivisto, qualified fourth in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, while Chris Grandinette and Steven Froehle will try to challenge in the 50 free. Outside the South Sound, Bellingham’s Brisen Pearson (100 butterfly, 50 free) and Brennan Drew (diving) are at the top of their events. A Northwest Conference team has won the title in six of the past eight years, with Anacortes winning back-to-back titles. Columbia River’s Rob Mead is the top seed of the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Tickets: Daily passes are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Tournament passes are $16/$11.
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