High School Sports

Sehome strong in state swimming prelims

Whatcom county has 11 swimmers who will be competing in the Class 2A State Championships on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the King County Aquatic Center.

In the 200 freestyle, Sehome’s Zach Shenkin seeded first with a time of 1:44.44.

In the 200 individual medley, Rowan King from Squalicum seeded second with a time of 1:59.42. Bellingham’s Marin Sloley seeded sixth with a 2:00.96 finish.

In the 50 freestyle, Sehome’s Isaiah Grambo seeded fourth with a time of 21.86 and Josh Larson seeded seventh after a 22.34 finish.

“We had best times from nearly the whole team,” Sehome coach Don Helling said in a phone interview.

In diving, Squalicum’s Wilson Dierdoff seeded fourth after a score of 281.40.

“Trey Herron didn’t make it in diving. But he did an outstanding job and we’re pleased with how he did. He had a great meet and we’re proud of him,” Helling said.

In the 100 butterfly, Shenkin got the fifth seed with a time of 53.31 and Bellingham’s Brisen Pearson seeded eighth with a time of 55.24.

In the 100 freestyle, Grambo seeded fifth after a time of 48.97.

In the 500 freestyle, Colin Hakeman from Sehome seeded fifth, finishing with a time of 4:55.41 and Rudi Berry seeded eighth with a 5:00.53 finish.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Sehome’s team composed of Larson, Joseph Adams, Shenkin and Grambo earned the first seed with a 1:29.21 finish. Bellingham’s team of Sloley, Grant Hildreth, Christian Buhler and Pearson seeded sixth with a time of 1:33.88.

“We’re pretty happy with our day. Lots of absolutely outstanding swims,” Helling said. “We are set up pretty good for tomorrow’s meet.”

In the 100 breaststroke, King seeded second with a time of 59.17, a new school record. Sloley seeded eight with a 1:03.86 finish.

“Overall we had a great day,” Squalicum coach Randy Elsner said in a phone interview. “Everyone swam up, including Rouse from Blaine.”

In the 400 freestyle relay Sehome’s team composed of Larson, Trevor Nims, Shenkin and Grambo seeded first with a time of 3:18.00.

The Class 2A State Championship finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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