Ten Whatcom County high school boys’ swimmers swam state-qualifying times, as did three relay teams, at the Northwest Conference Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes.
Sehome qualified a relay team in each event. In the 200 medley relay the Mariners’ team swam a 1:46.83, they swam a 1-minute, 33.11-second 200 free relay, and they swam a 3:30.03 in the 400 free relay.
“I was really pleased with how our guys did,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview. “Our depth was super strong, but the speed in our district and conference is outstanding this year. It’s going to be a fun year. There were lots of fast swims across the board, and going into winter break there are a lot putting in good times.”
Sehome took first as a team with 358 points, followed by Anacortes (297) and Bellingham (211). Squalicum (141) and Archbishop Murphy (133) rounded out the top five.
Other Whatcom County schools at the event were Lynden (seventh, 69) and Blaine (ninth, 20).
Rowan King of Squalicum qualified in two events. He won the 100 breaststroke with a state time of 1:02.54, and won the 200 IM with a 2:04.24 state time.
Bellingham’s Martin Sloley also qualified in two events. He took second in the 200 IM with a 2:05.43 and second in the 100 backstroke with a 59.17, both state times.
Sehome’s Isaiah Grambo took fourth in the 100 butterfly, but swam a state-qualifying time of 56.99 to go with his part in the qualifying 200 medley relay. Sehome’s Zach Shenkin also qualified in the 100 butterfly with a 55.58, good for second, and qualified in the 200 IM with a 2:07.45. Shenkin was on the Mariners’ qualifying 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Joe Adams of Sehome had a state-qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:06.52.
Despite taking sixth in the 100 butterfly, Sehome’s David Leung swam a state-qualifying 58.08.
Northwest Conference Invitational
at Fidalgo Pool, Anacortes
1. Sehome 358; 2. Anacortes 297; 3. Bellingham 211; 4. Squalicum 141; 5. Archbishop Murphy 133; 6. Burlington-Edison 112; 7. Lynden 69; 8. Sedro-Woolley 54; 9. Blaine 20
200 medley relay: Anacortes (Laws, K. Mathes, Hofferth, N. Mathes) 1:46.36; 200 freestyle: Danny Schleh (Anacortes) 1:52.69; 200 individual medley: Rowan King (Squalicum) 2:04.24; 50 freestyle: Nathan Mathes (Anacortes) 22.76; Diving: Elliott Forde (Archbishop Murphy) 234.65; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Zach Shenkin, Isaiah Grambo, Josh Larson, Trevor Nims) 1:33.11; 100 butterfly: Elliott Hofferth (Anacortes) 54.96; 100 freestyle: Nathan Mathes (Anacortes) 49.85; 500 freestyle: Tony Mikhail (Archbishop Murphy) 5:04.50; 100 backstroke: Nick Turgeion-Orbe (Sedro-Woolley) 56.62; 100 breaststroke: Rowan King (Squalicum) 1:02.54; 400 freestyle relay: Anacortes (Schleh, Hofferth, N. Mathes, Laws) 3:22.96.