High School Sports

Mariners seeded top 3 in each relay for district championships

Sehome’s boys’ swimming team proved the relays are one of its strong suits following the 2A Northwest District Preliminaries on Friday, Feb. 13, at Fidalgo Pool.

The Mariners’ are seeded second for the 200 medley relay, first for the 200 freestyle relay and third for the 400 freestyle relay in tomorrow’s 2A Northwest District Championships. Bellingham’s boys’ swimming team is seeded fourth for the 200 medley relay, fourth for the 200 freestyle relay and fifth for the 400 freestyle relay. Squalicum’s boys’ swimming team is seeded fifth in the 200 medley relay and sixth for the 400 freestyle relay.

Overall as a team, Sehome coach Don Helling likes its odds to win the district championship Saturday, Feb. 14.

“We were pleased with how we did. We’re going into finals and Anacortes is definitely our competition,” Helling said.

Individually, Sehome has eight swimmers competing in tomorrow’s championships. Bellingham and Squalicum have three and one, respectively.

Zach Shenkin is seeded second and Colin Hakeman is fourth in the 200 freestyle for Sehome. For the 200 inidividual medley, Martin Sloley is seeded third for Bellingham and Rowan King is seeded fourth for Squalicum. In the 50 freestyle Isaiah Grambo is seeded first and Josh Larson second for Sehome, Brisen Pearson third for the Red Raiders and Nims sixth for the Mariners. Shenkin is seeded second in the 100 butterfly and Pearson is fifth. In the 100 freestyle Grambo is seeded second and Larson is fifth. The 500 freestyle will have Hakeman seeded third and the Mariners’ Sam Hunter in at the sixth seed. For the 100 backstroke Logan Dozal of Bellingham is seeded fourth and Michael Johnson will be seeded fifth for Lynden. The 100 breaststroke will have King as the first seed, Sloley third, Joseph Adams fourth, the Storms’ Jonathan Hegeberg fifth and Sehome’s Christopher Lo sixth.

The Mariners’ Larson made two new state-qualifying times in the 50 and 100 freestyle at the district preliminaries while securing a spot in the district championships.

Helling noted the depth the Mariners’ swimmers have in the freestyle and in the relay, who have seven different swimmers competing in the championship meet.

“This year freestyle is especially a strength of our team. All distances 50 through 500 and the three relays are definitely strong for us,” he said. “We aren’t weak in medley either but we definitely have depth in freestyle.”

The Class 2A Northwest District Championships take place at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Fidalgo Pool. The top eight finishers in each event will advance to the state championships on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.