Mercer Island wins KingCo championships | Boys prep swim & dive

The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team won the KingCo championships on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Husky Pool. The Islanders finished the two day 2A, 3A, 4A combined event with 659 points. Newport, in second place, had 517 points, while Bellevue finished in third with 508 points overall.

Individually, Mercer Island's Karl MacLane won the KingCo 50 freestyle title, finishing the event in 22.56.

The Islanders 200 freestyle relay team won the KingCo title with a time of 1:29.41 for the team of Noah Deiparine, MacLane, Brandt Waesche and Ian Caldwell.

The Islanders finished ninth overall in the 200 individual medley relay race, while Deiparine finished fifth overall in the 200 freestyle race in 1:51.88. Teammate Duncan Koontz finished seventh in the race, while Ben Gore was 15th and Chris Apodaca was 16th.

In the 200 individual medley race, Samuel Chong finished in third place in 2:02.92, while David Conger was eighth, Teddy Larkin was 16th and Andrew Fukuda was 17th.

Besides MacLane winning the 50 freestyle, Waesche finished the race in ninth and Samuel Peterson was 10th. Caldwell finished the sprint in 13th place.

In the diving competition, Skyline's Max Levy won the KingCo crown with 493.30 points, but Mercer Island's Cody Hall finished in third place, as the top 3A finisher with 324.4 points. Connor Nielson was 11th overall in the diving competition.

Caldwell finished the 100 butterfly race in 55.60 seconds for seventh place, while Peter Litzow finished in 12th overall. Jack Larkin finished in 22nd place.

Deiparine finished in second place in the 100 freestyle event with a 49.18 time. Chong was seventh, Austin Ralph was 10th and Peterson was 11th.

In the 500 freestyle event, Tanner Martinez finished in fifth place with a 5:05.71 time. Xander Lacrampe was seventh overall, followed by Apodaca in eighth and Nick Swaya in ninth.

In the 100 backstroke race, Teddy Larkin was fifth in 57.69, while Ralph was sixth in 58.98. Ben Gore finished the race in 15th place overall, while Litzow came in 18th place.

Mercer Island's Martinez finished the 100 breast stroke race in eighth place in 1:04.30, while Conger finished in 14th place.

The Mercer Island team of Deiparine, Chong, Waesche and Caldwell finished the 400 freestyle race in second place in 3:16.72.

Swimmers who qualified throughout the season will swim in the SeaKing district meet on Friday and Saturday Feb. 8-9 at Mary Wayte Pool.

The prelims will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 and the finals will start at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Qualifying swimmers will compete in the 3A state championships which begin on Friday, Feb. 15 with the prelims at 2:30 p.m. at the King County Aquatic Center. The meet finishes with the finals on Saturday, Feb. 16 beginning at 2:30 p.m.


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