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Swim and dive wins district championship
The Mercer Island swim and dive team added another title to their collection this weekend, winning the 3A Sea-King District 2 championship Saturday, Feb. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool. Mercer Island won with a team score of 329. Finishing second was Bellevue with a score of 272, while Lakeside was third with a score of 183.
Mercer Island's team of Andrew Weiss, Noah Deiparine, Duncan Koontz and Karl MacLane took second in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:37.52. Bellevue won with a time of 1:37.26, while Lakeside took third with a time of 1:37.84.
Ben Gore won the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:45.18. Ian Caldwell was third at 1:46.78, and Chris Apodaca was sixth at 1:50.07. Koontz finished third in the 200 individual medley at 2:00.04, while David Conger placed ninth, Tanner Martinez was tenth and Teddy Larkin was twelfth. Lakeside's Abrahm DeVine won with a time of 1:56.19.
Deiparine won the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.65. MacLane was third at 22.19 and Brandt Waesche was sixth at 22.61.
In the diving event, Benjamin Dixon finished second with a score of 311.95. O'Dea's Casey Benson won with a score of 358.15.
Koontz took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.21. Austin Ralph took eighth, MacLane was ninth and Peter Litzow was eleventh. Bellevue's Todd McCarthy won with a time of 51.33.
Deiparine won the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.2, with Weiss taking second at 47.37 and Caldwell third at 48.41.
Gore finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:44.42, while Apodaca was fourth at 4:58.16. Lakeside's DeVine won with a time of 4:4.48.
Mercer Island won the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Weiss, MacLane, Waesche and Caldwell coming in at 1:28.3, with Bellevue coming in second at 1:29.3 and Lakeside taking third at 1:30.14.
In the 100 backstroke, Ralph finished fifth with a time of 56.2 and Larkin was tenth at 57.01. Bellevue's McCarthy won with a time of 51.38. In the 100 breaststroke, Andrew Fukuda finished eighth with a time of 1:03.21 and Tanner Martinez was tenth with a time of 1:03.77. Bellevue's Morgan Ciliv won with a time of 59.19.
Mercer Island won the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Gore, Caldwell, Deiparine and Weiss coming in at 3:10.21. Bellevue was second at 3:13.36 and Lakeside third at 3:17.
Mercer Island will compete for the WIAA 3A State Championship Feb. 21 and 22 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.