Stadium is the new king of the Narrows League 4A swimming pool.
Led by a pair of first-place individual finishes from senior Kyle Marr, the Tigers topped the 4A field at the 2015 Narrows League boys swimming championships Friday at Mount Tahoma High School, tallying 337 points. Last year’s champion Gig Harbor finished second with 314.5 points.
A North Thurston sweep of the first four places in the 100 breaststroke propelled the Rams past the 3A field with 290 points, 19 ahead of runner-up Wilson.
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The Tigers’ title run began Thursday night at Foss High in the diving portion. The Tigers tallied 27 team points to jump ahead of the field.
Stadium’s lead increased after Friday’s first event when Noah Willers, Sam Hoag, Michael Marr and Kyle Marr posted a state qualifying time of 1:44.03 in the 200 medley relay.
Marr later won the 50 free and 100 free, and Willers captured the 100 butterfly.
“Our guys are ecstatic,” Stadium coach Dave Baughman said. “It takes the right mix of guys having the right group of swims on the right day, and that’s what we got tonight.”
Sophomores Ryan Grady of Gig Harbor and Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap each won twice. Grady took the 200 free and 500 free, while Macabitas was tops in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. South Kitsap’s Yoshi Iwakawa posted a state qualifying time in winning the 100 breaststroke.
While depth gave North Thurston the edge in the team competition, Shelton senior Harrison MacAlevy stole the show early in the meet, blistering the field in the 100 butterfly with a state-best time in 3A.
MacAlevy’s Friday time of 52.85 is the fastest in 3A this year, topping the 53.01 mark set by Mercer Island’s Ben Gore earlier this month.
MacAlevy also bested a competitive field in the 200 free, where the top four swimmers entered with marks within a second of one another.
In addition, MacAlevy was a member of Shelton’s winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Along with a strong showing in the 100 breaststroke, a pair of two-time winners paved the way for the Rams.
Connor Ridgeway was a two-time winner, with firsts in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast, and Lucas Johnson won the 100 free and the 100 back. The Rams tied for first in the 200 medley relay with Capital.
Wilson’s Chris Harkness took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:09.83, almost 10 seconds faster than Foss’ Mitch Greer.