Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Garrett Waite looked like the swimmer to beat in the 200-meter individual medley, but Bellevue’s William Zhou had other ideas.
Zhou beat Waite, the top seed in the 11-12 year old category, at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way Thursday.
Zhou won the event in 2 minutes, 21.54 seconds, running away with the title. Waite, who was nearly three seconds ahead of Zhou after the prelims, finished in 2:28.46.
BISC’s Lia Campbell was a close second in the 13-14 50 freestyle in 27.58 to winner Elisa Fang of Bellevue in 27.28. Campbell finished fifth in the 13-over race in 2:30.32.
Other top 8 finishers were: Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team’s Isabel Hendryx, 11-12, 50 free, eighth, 30.63; BISC’s Makai Ingalls, 11-12, 50 free, fifth, 28.78; Puget Sound Swim Club’s Kevin Houseman, 11-12, 200 breaststroke, fourth, 2:56.74, Olympic Aquatic Club’s Zane Guyt, 200 breast, seventh, 3:03.78.
BISC’s 11-12 boys 400 medley relay finished third in 5:00.46 while the girls 13-14 400 medley relay was eighth in 4:57.15.
Friday’s prelims are at 8:30 a.m.