Sehome’s boys’ swim team won every event on its way to a 124-50 Northwest Conference dual meet win over Lynden on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Lynden YMCA.
The Mariners got two state times from the competition, as Colin Hakeman and Zach Shenkin took the honors.
Hakeman swam a 5-minute, 12-second 500 freestyle to snag his state qualifying time and Shenkin hit 57.8 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
“I think both of them have been training really hard and it was just definitely a time for those guys to do well in those events,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview.
The Mariners were in only their second dual meet of the season and still have their three toughest meets of the year left, Helling said. First on the plate for Sehome, though, is the Kentridge Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 10, at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The invite will prove a bit of a measuring bar for Sehome, which will compete against top teams from Class 3A and 4A.
“That’s what we try to use it as,” said Helling, who admits he’s still cautiously optimistic about the season. “We’re still in heavy training so I don’t expect to see tapered times but there are always surprises. We’re going to go into the meet going after some of the bigger teams and see what we can do.”
Lynden, on the other hand, is still trying to improve personally and had a few personal bests Thursday, Lynden coach Steve Gibb said in a phone interview.
“We’re just hoping to keep improving. We have a lot of freshmen on the team,” Gibb said. “We’re certainly building, looking down the the road. I’m really pleased with the effort. We’re a little behind with some of the new kids just starting out. I think we’ll get some best times and that’s what we’re trying for.”
The Storm swim against Squalicum on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Lynden YMCA.
Sehome 124, Lynden 50
200 medley relay: Sehome (Calvin Richan, Patrick Lisosky, David Leung, Rudi Berry) 1:52.7; 200 freestyle: Payton Johnson (Sehome) 2:05.1; 200 individual medley: Joseph Adams (Sehome) 2;22.6; 50 freestyle: Brian Whitney (Sehome) 25.8; 100 butterfly: Isaiah Grambo (Sehome) 58.5; 100 freestyle: Calvin Richan (Sehome) 58.5; 500 freestyle: Colin Hakeman (Sehome) 5:12.00; 200 freestyle relay: Sehome (Isaiah Grambo, Brian Whitney, Joseph Adams, Calvin Richan) 1:40.2; 100 backstroke: Zach Shenkin (Sehome) 57.8; 100 breaststroke: Sam Hunter (Sehome) 1:12.8; 400 freestyle relay: Sehome (Zach Shenkin, Colin Hakeman, Josh Larson, David Leung) 3:41.5.