State preliminaries: Curtis’ Woodbury gets no sleep when swimming top times

Still recovering from a cold, Curtis High School senior Brian Woodbury was more than ready for a few more solid hours of sleep Friday morning.

But with the chance to close out his prep swimming career with a pair of state titles, the Georgia Tech-bound senior wasn’t going to let a minor bug slow him.

Woodbury clocked the fastest preliminary times in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke at the Class 4A boys state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Woodbury’s time of 1 minute, 52.36 seconds (All-America consideration) in the 200 IM was more than two seconds faster than the next qualifier, Camas’ Kasey Calwell (1:54.99).

“In my 200 IM, I wasn’t warmed up enough,” said Woodbury, whose career best is a 1:52.20. “I didn’t have enough time between the (team) relay and the IM. But (Saturday) I’ll just get in the water and swim between the races.”

Woodbury later swam the best race of his career in the 100 back, recording a 49.47 (automatic All-America time). Federal Way sophomore Thomas Anderson swam the second-fastest time (50.65).

“I think the 100 back time was a surprise,” Woodbury said. “(But) I definitely have a lot to come back and work on for (Saturday).

“I’m going to go home and sleep all day,” he said with a grin.

Meanwhile, Eastlake swimmer Edward Kim’s quest for eight individual career titles is still alive. He posted the fastest time in the 100 freestyle (45.60, All-America consideration) and 200 free (1:40.81, All-America consideration).

The 50 free final likely will be a stellar race, as Federal Way’s Anderson (20.55) edged Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz (20.79) for the fastest time, with both swimmers registering automatic All-America times.

“Not that (Anderson’s) not taking it seriously, but I’m a senior and this is my last state meet, so I want to go out with a bang,” said Bublitz, who also finished second to Anderson at the West Central District meet. “So I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do (Saturday).”

The two swimmers are friends outside the pool, and they engaged in some light banter before the race.

“It’s friendly competition,” Anderson said with a grin, not wanting to stir the pot.

Bublitz later swam the fastest time in the 100 butterfly (49.76, All-America consideration).

Gig Harbor’s Dale Williams qualified for a pair of finals (200 IM, 1:57.79; 100 butterfly, 52.63), as did teammate Erik Nielsen (50 free, 22.32; 100 free, 47.48).

Kentridge’s 400 free relay team clocked the top time in the event, swimming a 3:12.66.

In Class 3A, top area qualifiers included Peninsula senior Caleb Riggs (57.79, All-America consideration), who was fastest in the 100 breaststroke, and Shelton’s Harrison MacAlevy, whose 21.72 was third fastest in the 50 free.


Steilacoom claimed the top seed in five preliminary events.

“How lucky am I to have a group of guys that can pull that off?” Steilacoom coach Kathy Casey asked. “I’m very, very lucky. They’re a fast bunch of guys.”

The Steilacoom 200 medley relay team turned in the fastest time, clocking a 1:41.61, and the 400 free relay team turned in a 3:23.13.

Senior Benjamin Scott secured a couple of top finishes, clocking a 50.98, the top time in the 100 butterfly. He also clocked the top time in the 100 back, swimming a 52.14. James Scott, Ben’s brother, swam the fastest time of the day in the 100 breast (1:01.37).

Washington High junior Jaycob Davies qualified for the finals in the 200 free (1:49.24) and 500 free (4:58.02).

River Ridge’s Logan Field will swim in the 200 free final after finishing in 1:52.01, the fifth-fastest time.