Boys swim wins KingCo tourney

Mercer Island’s Ian Caldwell, Brandt Waesche, Ben Gore and Noah Deiparine prepare for the 400 freestyle relay Saturday, Feb. 8 at the UW’s Pavilion Pool.  - Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter
Mercer Island’s Ian Caldwell, Brandt Waesche, Ben Gore and Noah Deiparine prepare for the 400 freestyle relay Saturday, Feb. 8 at the UW’s Pavilion Pool.
— image credit: Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter

While they wouldn’t say it was expected, the Mercer Island boys swim and dive team didn’t leave a doubt at the KingCo championships.

The Islanders won the KingCo swim and dive championships Saturday, Feb. 8 at the University of Washington. Mercer Island won with a team score of 710. Newport was second with a score of 428 and Bellevue came in third with a score of 383.

“I think we’re right where we need to be, we’re pretty focused,” said coach Chauntelle Johnson. “We’re an older group this year with a lot of seniors, a lot of juniors on the team, and they’re not new to this. So it’s a lot easier at this point of the year to just continue to tell them the same things, and they get it even before I say it.”

Mercer Island’s team of Austin Ralph, Duncan Koontz, Noah Deiparine and Ian Caldwell finished second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:39.2. Issaquah won with a time of 1:37.7.

Andrew Weiss won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.09, while Chris Apodaca was fourth at 1:51.04, Tanner Martinez was 11th with a time of 2:00.78 and Nic Lacrampe finished 13th with a time of 2:01.37. Ralph finished fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.71. Andrew Fukuda was 11th at 2:06.34, Teddy Larkin was 19th at 2:07.27. Eastlake’s Edward Kim won with a time of 1:54.6.

Caldwell won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.21, while Karl MacLane was fifth with a time of 22.85, Brandt Waesche was ninth at 22.97 and Matthew Hanson placed 19th with a time of 23.17.

In the diving event, Ben Dixon placed fifth with a score of 328.45. Waesche was 19th with a score of236.5. Redmond’s Eric Klassen won, scoring a 436.25.

Weiss was second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.51, while Caldwell was fifth at 54.86, Deiparine was sixth at 55.16 and David Conger was 18th at 57.73. Eastlake’s Kim won with a time of 51.33. In the 100 freestyle, Koontz finished seventh at 50.02, Ralph placed 13th at 50.91, MacLane finished 14th at 51.06 and Fukuda was 16th at 51.39. Issaquah’s Jason Klein won with a time of 48.67.

In the 500 freestyle, Ben Gore finished second with a time of 4:51.61. Xander Lacrampe was fifth at 5:08.35, Nick Swaya was eighth at 5:07.82 and Jake Jenkins was 13th at 5:27.28. Bellevue’s Todd McCarthy won with a time of 4:47.25.

Mercer Island’s team of Fukuda, MacLane, Hanson and Waesche finished second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.65. Newport won with a time of 1:29.95.

In the 100 backstroke, Larkin finished ninth with a time of 58.03. Daryl Kwan placed 14th with a time of 58.8, Xander Lacrampe was 16th at 1:00.68 and Peter Litzow was 20th with a time of 1:01.9. Inglemoor’s Seth Birrell won with a time of 53.82. Deiparine won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.12. Koontz was eighth at 1:03.8, Conger was 15th at 1:05.82, Benjamin Stoops was 17th at 1:07.27. And Mercer Island’s team of Deiparine, Waesche, Caldwell and Gore won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.93.

Johnson said the team’s main priority before the SeaKing tournament will be getting rest and staying healthy, as she didn’t see any causes of concern from her team Saturday. “We’re focused on what we need to be focusing on, which right now is just racing,” she said.

The SeaKing District 2 championships will be Feb. 14 and 15 at Mary Wayte Pool.



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