Panther swim halted at preliminaries, Spartans advance to finals

Bonney Lake

The Bonney Lake Panthers boys swim team competed at the state preliminaries Friday but did not advance to the final championship meet.

The 200 medley relay finished 21st place overall, with a season record time of 1 minute, 51.55 seconds. The relay team included Cody Miller, Josh Weaver, Ryan Engledow and Skylar Livingston.

Engledow also finished in 24th place for the butterfly and diver Scott Jackson finished in 21st place, missing the first cut for finals.

Coach Jay Paulson said the boys swam well at their first state meet and even though the team will lose a few seniors this year, he is excited to see the younger swimmers improve next season.

“I’m very happy with the performance of our boys. The level of competition at the state meet is very high,” he said. “We lose some seniors this year, but still have a very young core of swimmers that I look forward to working with the next couple years.”

Sumner

The Sumner Spartans went all the way at the state meet and took 21st place overall. Coach Jerry Turner gave credit to Paulson for his collaborative coaching efforts with the divers this year.

Diver David Kakuk missed first place by .15 points, coming in at second. Bryce Corrigan placed sixth.

“These two divers have had an amazing career here at Sumner. They’ve both overcome a lot to find a true niche in diving and in the great pool culture we have at SHS. Both have the talent to compete at the collegiate level and we are excited to hear where they end up,” Turner said.

The 200 freestyle relay came in at 19th place with members Kakuk, senior Hunter Molen, Cameron Retzlaff and senior Devin Drobny.

Drobny also earned 21st place in the 100 freestyle and tied for 17th place in the 50 freestyle.

Molen led Drobney, Retzlaff and Stephen Bone to 18th place in the 400 freestyle relay.