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BOYS SWIMMING: State looms ahead
Saturday’s subdistrict meet at Auburn High was crunch time for Plateau-area high school swim teams as each staged a last-ditch effort to make it into Friday and Saturday’s district meet at Hazen High in Renton.
Sumner, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and other South Puget Sound League 3A teams will compete with teams from the Olympic, Seamount and Western Cascade leagues. Diving preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. Friday with swimming at 5 p.m. Saturday; swimming finals start at 3 p.m. The top six finishers there, or those who post a qualifying time, advance to the state meet Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Freshman Bennon VanHoof posted a state-qualifying team and led the Hornets’ movement into the district meet as EHS finished fifth. VanHoof raced to a state-qualifying time with a 1-minute, 3.84-second second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Fellow freshman Will Cooper also earned a second-place finish with a 5:24.44 time in the 500 freestyle.
Cooper and VanHoof were joined by Thomas Petersen and Shane Jackson to form the Hornets’ third-place 200 medley relay team. Their time of 1:49.23 secured them a spot at districts.
Petersen, a freshman, also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.94. Hornet teammate Travis Culp was right behind for fifth in 1:05.59.
Divers Garrett Hall and Ben Schimming finished fourth and fifth with 275.75 and 250.95 respectively. Both will advance to the district meet.
Cooper also earned a spot at districts in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:00.57 for fourth.
A sixth-place finish by Braden Dedrick, Jackson, Logan Ross and VanHoof in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.07 guarantees them a spot as well. The EHS 400 freestyle relay team of Gabe Sales, Culp, Petersen and Cooper finished seventh in 3:47.79 and advances.
Behind a handful of sixth- and seventh-place finishes, Bonney Lake finished seventh overall.
The Panthers’ 200 medley relay of Cody Steiert, Zach Pettit, Jake Gould and Eben Sarver will advance to districts with a seventh-place finish and a time of 1:58.92.
Steiert also finished sixth in the 500 freestyle to qualify with a 5:47.55.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Sarver, Gould, Pettit and Cody Rae finished seventh in 1:42.91.
Sumner High finished ninth as a team, but will send a number of athletes to Renton Friday as well as diver Evan Quaschnik to state. Quaschnik finished with a second-place diving performance with a score of 300.7 points, which made the state cut by fractions.
Spartan teammate Connor Powers-Hubbard, who set a state time earlier, was third in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:05.60. He also qualified for district in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.59 and a fourth-place finish.
Zane Gustafson also qualified with an eighth-place finish and a time of 1:59.18.
The Spartans 200 freestyle relay of Powers-Hubbard, Sam Rigsby, Brandon Richison and Gustafson were fourth in 1:43.59. Sumner’s 400 freestyle relay of Gustafson, Richison, Rigsby and Powers-Hubbard also qualified with a sixth-place finish in 3:55.80
White River’s Pierce DeHan missed qualifying for district in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.65 for 12th. He raced to a 25.17 in preliminaries. Seth Richard also competed for White River.