District Meet Swim and Dive Results

Michael Spearman

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The 2018-2019 boys swim and dive season is in the books and it did not disappoint! Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the swim & dive team traveled to Curtis High School for our district meet. Thursday the top 24 divers competed in a very competitive, very close meet and our own Ryan Wike barely missed qualifying for the finals and ended up 18th  overall.

Friday and Saturday it was the swimmers time to shine and they really brought their best! At the prelims on Friday we had 3 relays and 7 individual races. We finished the night with 7 new personal records including our 400 free relay dropping an unbelievable 14 second off the relay’s personal best. To do that all of the swimmers (Ben Naylor, Max Hilliard, Joey Schwendeman, Lane Bloomquist) had to swim a lifetime personal best in the 100 free. Needless to say it was an exciting race!! In the end we had 2 relays qualified for finals (our 3rd relay-the 200 free was 1st alternate and missed the finals by .32 seconds.) and 5 individuals qualifying for Saturday’s finals meet.

Friday was such a powerful meet that secretly I wasn’t sure our boys could do better on Saturday with only 24 hours rest. Thankfully I was wrong! We ended the night with four new personal records. The final results are as follows:

200 IM relay: Zack Stockdale-Pederson, Joey Schwendeman, Max Hilliard, Ben Naylor finished 10th with a time of 1:46.47. They went into the meet with a best time of 1:48.22.

200 yard freestyle: Sophomore Lane Bloomquist finished 8th overall with a time of 1:54.79. Lane went into the meet with a best time of 1:56.57

50 yard freestyle: Senior Ben Naylor finished 10th overall with a final time of 23.00. Ben missed qualifying for state by .19 seconds. This was by far the hardest race of the two day meet.  Sophomore Max Hilliard finished 20th overall with a final time of 23.99 (less than a second separated 10th place from 20th place!)

100 yard butterfly: Sophomore Max Hilliard finished 14th overall with a time of 59.04. We are sure Max would have had a faster race if the timing system didn’t crash seconds before his race and he had to stand behind his block for several minutes, tightening up, as they worked on the equipment.

500 yard freestyle: Sophomore Lane Bloomquist really nailed this race! He finished 9th overall with a time of 5:10.46. Early in the season Lane swam a 5:16.06 in this event and that was his seed time but later in the season it was more in the 5:20-5:24 range. During the prelims on Friday Lane told me he really “wasn’t really feeling it” for the 500. Lane had just swam a great 200 yard freestyle race and I know he wanted to have a fast 100 yard swim in the 400 free relay. I told him his seed time was pretty fast and to swim the race for the experience; focusing on the fundamentals of the race…explosive flip turns and an efficient stroke. Well, Lane killed it! He swam a season personal best of 5:15.34 and qualified 10th for the finals. When he got out of the pool I asked Lane if he raced it and he said “not really, I just kept up with the guy next to me”. Lane’s mom and I were joking that we found the trick to get Lane to swim fast….tell him to swim easy.  The next night at the finals Lane swam a 5:10.46 which was a huge drop!

200 yard freestyle relay: Joey Schwendeman, Garrett Lockhart, Gabe Ford, Tyler Ouimet. They finished 17th with a final time of 1:40.97. They started the meet with a best time of 1:42.06.

100 yard backstroke: Senior Zack Stockdale-Pederson actually qualified 17th in the prelims for this event. That made him first alternate. I was very sad for Zack but he told me on Friday that he “left it all in the pool” and could not have gone any faster. Well, on Saturday morning I received word that a swimmer in Saturday’s backstroke final had scratched and Zack was called up! It was awesome! Although Zack did not PR, he swam a respectable 1:03.84 and finished 16th overall.

400 free relay: Ben Naylor, Max Hilliard, Joey Schendeman, Lane Bloomquist all swam PR’s and finished 10th with a time of 3:30.92. Enumclaw finished 11th with a time of 3:30.93. Another super exciting race!

This is the first time in my 7 years of coaching at Sumner that we did not have a state qualifier. The state times are unbelievably fast and I know our guys really swam their hearts out and I could not be prouder of them!

Great job Spartans!!

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