Squalicum’s boys’ swim team topped last year’s state championship squad Archbishop Murphy 97-81 on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Arne Hanna Aquatic Center.
Rowan King broke the 200 IM school record during the meet by swimming a 2:03.58, breaking the record by exactly two seconds.
“Last year, we were talking about it, he was so close to it but didn’t quite get it,” Squalicum coach Randy Elsner said in a phone interview. “This year, he’s in better shape. He’s been looking incredibly fast.”
King also got a state time in the 100 backstroke, swimming it in 58.6 seconds.
The Storm used its depth and three relay wins to secure the team victory. All three relays were close and Jonathan Hegeberg was able to hold off a charging Archbishop squad by just two-tenths of a second in the final race — the 400 free relay.
“I wanted to rely on him as anchor,” Elsner said. “Jonathan needed the most rest. I wanted to give him time to rest up so he was able to bring it home.”
Blaine’s Kean Rouse unofficially won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:29.27.
The Storm face Burlington-Edison on Thursday, Dec. 11, at Arne hanna Aquatic Center.
Squalicum 97, Archbishop Murphy 81