State meet includes Panther swimmers and a Hornet diver

Nikolas Schwendeman, Jack Budinich, and Ben Hauswirth each earned a medal or two.

A small handful of local athletes competed against the state’s best during last weekend’s state swim and dive championships.

The Feb. 15-16 season finale was again staged at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Bonney Lake High school sent four swimmers to the state meet. Nikolas Schwendeman, a senior, had qualified in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and Jack Budinich, junior, made it to Federal Way in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle.

Schwendeman had the 10th best time during the Class 3A preliminaries, 22.05 seconds, then clocked a time of 22.14 in Saturday’s finals to place 11th. In the 100 freestyle, he had a Friday time of 50.36 and did not advance to the finals.

Budinich placed seventh during Friday’s 200 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 1:44.70 and went 1:45.02 during the finals, placing eighth. In the 500 freestyle, he was fifth in the prelims with a time of 4:47.68 and placed after dropping more than two seconds, clocking a 4:45.62.

For Schwendeman, it was a repeat trip. He had qualified for state a year ago in the 50-yard freestyle

The two Panthers combined with senior Adam Lynn and sophomore Jacob Schlosser to earn a state berth in the 400 freestyle relay. Their preliminary time of 3:29.03 wasn’t fast enough to land them a sport in Saturday’s finals.

HORNETS’ HAUSWIRTH IN 4A DIVING

Enumclaw High School had one representative at the state meet. Senior Ben Hauswirth was a repeat performer in diving. He had placed fourth during his junior season.

This time around, he totaled 162.80 points during Friday’s prelims in the one-meter event, sitting ninth at the end of the day. In the finals, he moved up and finished sixth.

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