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Mercer Island dethroned at 3A state swim meet | State swim results
The Mercer Island boys swim team was in uncharted waters on Saturday afternoon prior to the 400 freestyle relay.
The Islanders, which had won the last six straight state titles, were in second place going into the final event, down by five points. In the last event, Mercer Island finished second to Lakeside, sealing the Lions state title win. The Islanders finished second as a team with 300 points, while Lakeside School finished first with 311 points overall.
“This is the first time this team has ever been put in this specific position, to come down to the last couple of events. Given that, they responded really well. This is a lot of pressure for 15, 16, 17 year old boys to be dealing with. It’s a lot,” said head coach Chauntelle Johnson.
The final event of the afternoon was the 400 freestyle race. The Islanders took second in 3:09.76, while Lakeside finished first in 3:08.61 to win the meet.
“I just told them we can’t do any better than our best times,” said Islanders head coach Chauntelle Johnson of her talk with the 400 freestyle relay team before the final event. “If someone beats us and we’ve done the best we’ve ever done, what more can we do? That’s what I got out of those four guys, their best swims. They did really good today.”
The meet started as close as it ended. The Islanders 200 medley relay team of Andrew Weiss, Noah Deiparine, Quinn Markwith and Brandt Waesche finished two one hundreds of a second behind Lakeside. The Lions earned the first title of the day in 1:36.58, with the Islanders a very close second at 1:36.60.
“All you can do is swim you’re fastest and try to get to the wall first,” said Johnson. “I’ve been nervous the entire meet. The score is 0-0 until you come in here so I was nervous the entire meet. I’ve a lot of faith in our guys though. If I can’t believe in them, I know it’s going to be hard for them to believe in themselves, but I do believe in them. There is no doubt in my mind, if these guys could swim again, they would somehow swim just as fast as they were today. This was really all that I could get out of them. They left it all here. I know that.”
Individually, Ian Caldwell was 13th overall in the 200 freestyle race, while Austin Ralph took 18th, finishing in the preliminaries on Friday.
Senior Dan Simons was eighth in the 200 individual medley, with a 2:02.51 time, while Samuel Chong was 14th and Duncan Koontz was 15th.
The Islanders packed the finals of the 50 freestyle sprint, with Weiss taking third, Macro Signorelli fourth and Markwith coming in sixth. Karl MacLane tied for 15th place with a 22.59 time in the consolation finals.
Mercer Island's Cody Hall finished ninth in the diving competition with 294.45 points, while Connor Nielson was 15th with 264.85.
Simons took to the pool again for the 100 butterfly finals, finishing with a 53.47 time for eighth place, while Michael Bower was 12th overall.
Signorelli finished second in the 100 freestyle event with a 46.64 time, Deiparine was eighth in the same event, while Waesche was 10th and Caldwell took 13th.
Koontz finished in 11th place during the 500 freestyle event, with a 4:51.64 time, the only Islander to make the race.
The Islanders finally made it to the top of the podium after the 200 freestyle race, when the team of Deiparine, MacLane, Markwith and Signorelli finished in 1:27.35. Lakeside was second in 1:28.28.
Weiss was second in the 100 backstroke in 51.35 seconds, while Cameron Lindsay from Auburn Mountainview was first in 51.29 seconds. Ian Piper tied for seventh with Hunter Wilson from Seattle Prep in 53.63.
Deiparine earned an individual third place finish in the 100 breast stroke race, with a 1:01.05 time. Chong was 14th overall in the race.