It’s the second day of the state boys swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.
Up first in the Class 3A is Bainbridge, our only local team competing in the morning session. The Spartans opened with an outstanding swim in the 200-yard medley relay, moving up three spots from their sixth place to finish third overall with a time of 1 minute, 39.19 seconds. Bainbridge led midway thru before Bellevue and Kennedy pulled ahead to finish 1-2.
Parker Bushey finished 11th in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.26. Diving is up next and Gabe Emert, a junior, is in the finals.
IMG_4411 Update from the 1-meter diving, Emert finished 16th overall with a score of 276.45. Emert has only been diving for one year, and received coaching from Bainbridge’s two female divers Cammie Rouser and Zora Opalka, who were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the girls season. During Friday’s prelims, Emert — for the first time — hit the back of his legs on the board and then clipped his heels on another dive. Bainbridge coach Patti Peterson said it might have thrown him off his game a bit, but she was proud of what he accomplished this year. Emert played football last fall before sustaining a concussion and opting to try diving instead.
In the 500 free, James Bullock placed 11th overall, coming in second in the B finals in 4:55.02, better than his prelim time of 4:47.12. Bullock also had a great leg in the medley relay. He’s putting together a really strong meet. Sam Alpaugh finished eighth in the main finals, coming in under his prelim time at 4:52.67.
The 200 free relay placed 10th overall in 1:32.82. The foursome were seeded 15th after Friday’s prelims and smoked it today, including a strong anchor leg by Parker Bushey. Bullock also placed 15th in the 100 backstroke B finals in 57.59, a little bit slower than yesterday (57.31).
The 100 breaststroke turned out to be the best race of the meet. Dean Nguyen of Franklin (Seattle) and Bainbridge’s CJ Waite battled the entire 100 yards as Nguyen edged Waite, the top seed, by .02 seconds. Waite finished in 57.72 to Nguyen’s 57.70. That was pure racing right there.
Bainbridge finished sixth in the 400 free relay to end the meet and the Spartans placed sixth overall in the team standings.
In the afternoon 4A session, we have just one local swimmer, Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap. Macabitas qualified in the 100 backstroke in 55.41 seconds.
Macabitas placed 10th in the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.61. The sophomore, who won the Narrows League title and the West Central District championship, bettered his time from Friday’s prelims, 55.41.
In the 2A session, Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie improved his time right to the end of the season. Rubie, who was the first Knight freshman to qualify for state since 2002-03 (Nathan Adrian did it) with a 56.48, finished the state meet by winning the B finals of the 100 butterfly in 55.31. North Kitsap’s Thor Breitbarth was 13th in 56.19 and PA’s Wei-Yan Fu was 16th in 56.29.
PA’s John Macias, the top seed in the 100 free, lost a shoot-out to Sammamish’s Jacob Tower. Tower touched in 47.78 to Macias’ 48.13. The time for Macias puts him No. 7 on the all-time list. Klahowya’s Isaiah Snow finished 16th in 51.78.
In the 100 back, Ziven Meyer won the B finals in 58.49 while Kingston’s Quincy Walker was 11th in 1:01.08. PA’s Macias was second in 53.19.
And that’s a wrap from the 2015 state swimming meet.