Sixth straight title for Mercer Island boys swim team

While the Islanders won only two event titles during the 3A state swim meet on Saturday night, the Mercer Island boys team still left the King County Aquatic Center as the state champions. The Islanders won with a 350 team score, while second-place Lakeside had 227 points. “It was spectacular,” said captain and senior Andy Wingerson of the win. “A lot of guys stepped up, and we appreciated all the effort that they gave.” The Islanders’ 200-medley relay team won the first event of the night, in 1:36.06, in a tight race with Shorewood, the 2010 4A state champions, who ended the relay in second with a 1:38.72 time. “It feels really good, I’m happy for the boys,” said head coach Chauntelle Johnson of the team’s title win. “They worked very hard for this and it was, of the four (state titles) I’ve been a part of, the most challenging for them. It was good to see them get through all of that, with the loss earlier in the season, and then to see them bounce back.” Jimmy Deiparine won the Islanders’ only other event title of the evening, in the 100 breaststroke race, finishing with an All American consideration time of 57.81. He said following the meet it felt really good, and after watching his teammates swim fast all night, he knew he wanted to do the same. Andy Wingerson was second overall in the 200 individual medley race, while Kyle Moline was fourth in the 100 butterfly race. “I felt good about them. They were tough, as always,” said Wingerson of his races at the state meet. The Islanders took third in the 200 freestyle relay and second in the 400 freestyle relay match ups. “The relays — they were all really exciting and we were in the hunt for all of them,” said Johnson. “Those in particular, and obviously Jimmy winning the 100 breaststroke. Nothing makes a coach happier than seeing a kid come out on top. It’s a good feeling to watch them get that.” It was a big night for Eastside Catholic senior and Mercer Island resident Ethan Hallowell. His two title wins in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle races gave him eight individual titles, the most of any high school boy in the state. Hallowell also set a new state meet record in the 200 freestyle event, breaking the 1:38.21 time with a new finish of 1:38.18. His 100 freestyle win was his fourth straight. For the Islanders, Johnson said she was so impressed with this season’s captains and seniors, and how they led the team. “I hope they feel a sense of pride; they really did a lot of leading on the team,” said the coach. “All of those things just filter down to everyone else. As the seniors are calm and poised, everyone else was. They really drove us this season, and I’m so incredibly proud of where they were as juniors last year and to see where they are now is phenomenal. For me personally to have a small part of that is probably the most rewarding thing about the season.” Boys swimming Saturday, Feb. 19 3A state meet at KCAC Mercer Island 350, Lakeside 227, Shorewood 177, Seattle Prep 158 Results – 200 medley relay - 1. Mercer Island (Andy Wingerson, Jimmy Deiparine, Daniel Simons, Marco Signorelli) 1:36.06; 200 freestyle - 8. Eric Benca 1:46.26, 9. Kyle Moline 1:45.53; 200 individual medley - 4. Dieparine 1:56.85, 14. Samuel Chong 2:04.66; 50 freestyle - 3. Signorelli 21.90, 4. Quinn Markwith 22.07, 14. Simons 22.88; Diving - 8. Cody Hall 288.70, 14. Connor Nielson 275.60; 100 butterfly - 4. Kyle Moline 51.69, 9. Simons 54.19, 14. Evan Molin 55.66; 100 freestyle - 4. Signorelli 48.27; 500 freestyle - 13. Duncan Koontz 4:58.02, 16. Gabe Tse 5:04.78; 200 freestyle relay - 3. Mercer Island (Signorelli, Markwith, Simons, Kyle Moline) 1:28.54; 100 back stroke - 3. Wingerson 52.95, 5. Benca 54.00, 10. Ian Piper 55.57; 100 breast stroke - 1. Deiparine 57.81; 7. Evan Moline 1:02.13, 10. Chong 1:02.53; 400 freestyle relay - 2. Mercer Island (Benca, Deiparine, Kyle Moline, Wingerson) 2:31.17.

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