Conference meet gives preview of what lies ahead

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 14, 2013 

The Sehome boys' swimming team had various state qualifiers in the NWC Invitational, as the Mariners raced to a second-place finish in the meet. Anacortes won the event with a score of 243.

Bellingham took third in the meet and also had a state qualifier. Squalicum took fourth, Lynden placed sixth, Blaine was ninth and Ferndale came in 10th.

"We had a good meet," Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. "We were excited to be in the running going into the last relay."

Isaiah Grambo took second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 butterfly - both were automatic state qualifying times. Grambo was also part of a first-place 200 freestyle relay squad also featuring Colin Hakeman, Josh Larson and Trevor Nims.

"The early season state qualifying times are great," Helling said. "We are happy with the results."

Another winner for Sehome was Josh Larson, who won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Bellingham's star of the day was Martin Sloley, who took second in the 500 freestyle but swam well enough to qualify for state. Sloley also took second in the 200 freestyle and is only two seconds away from an automatic state qualifying time.

"We gad a good meet," Bellingham coach Jeff Anderson said in a phone interview. "We ended up third, which was good. The boys swam well."

The relays are what caught Anderson's eye, though. The Red Raiders took third in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

"Our relays are coming around," he said. "We love our improvement."

Squalicum's fourth-place finish showed that this conference is going to be competitive all year long.

"Overall, the meet gave a good picture of the NWC," Squalicum coach Randy Elsner said in a phone interview. "Anyone could take it, it's that close. It's just that kind of year."

The Storm had one event win with Johnathan Hegeberg taking the 100 backstroke. Squalicum also had three divers place in the top five of their event. Christian Herzberger took second, Wilson Dierdorff took third and Griffin Korby took fourth.

ANACORTES 243, SEHOME 231, BELLINGHAM 198, SQUALICUM 186, ARCHBISHOP MURPHY 177.5, LYNDEN 104.5, BURLINGTON-EDISON 81, SEDRO-WOOLLEY 78, BLAINE 40, FERNDALE 12

200 medley relay: Archbishop Murphy (Austin Barnard, Anthony Mikhail, Bryce Lewis-Smith, Stephen Boden) 1:48.54; 200 freestyle: Austin Barnard (ARCH) 1:48.00; 200 individual medley: Stephen Boden (ARCH) 2:00.42; 50 freestyle: Josh Larson (Sehome) 00:23.46; Diving: Jared Hanson (Anacortes) 152.8; 100 butterfly: Austin Barnard (ARCH) 00:52.75; 100 freestyle: Josh Larson (Sehome) 00:53.19; 500 freestyle: Danny Schleh (Anacortes) 5:10.82; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Colin Hakeman, Josh Larson, Isaiah Grambo, Trevor Nims) 1:36.29; 100 backstroke: Stephen Boden (ARCH) 00:55.14; 100 breaststroke: Johnathan Hegeberg (Squalicum) 1:10.31; 400 freestyle relay: Archbishop Murphy (Austin Barnard, Stephen Boden, Bryce Lewis-Smith, Anthony Mikhail) 3:29.29.

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