Islander tsunami sweeps 3A KingCo boys swim

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The word dominating has been synonymous with the Mercer Island boys swim team this season. That pairing was re-emphasized on Saturday when the Islanders crushed their opposition by more than 200 points during the KingCo championship meet at Mary Wayte Pool.

The Islanders finished with 429 points, Bellevue was second (228) and Newport took third (214) during the eight-team meet.

“It is kind of cool to see what we can do,” said Islander Ian Fisk, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.8. “We just try to go in with a good attitude and pull together as a team.”

Islander Tyler Benster also came away with two individual titles. Benster won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.07 and took first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.54).

Murray Longbotham set a meet record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.97.

“It was just a last-minute little goal for me,” said Longbotham. “[Mercer Island coach] Jeff [Lowell] came up to me and said I was close to it, and I went. It was a little plus for me.”

Longbotham, Fisk, Will Voit and Kyle Schaeffer combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.05, which was also a meet record. And while the Islander team of Longbotham, Kirk Harbaugh, Andy Wingerson and Eric Benca won the 200-yard medley relay, the Islanders finished second in the 400-yard freestyle to Newport.

Islander Matt Wiens won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.75.

Mercer Island also dominated the diving portion of the meet, which took place on Jan. 28 at the Bellevue Aquatic Center. Beau Riebe won the competition with a score of 466.35, and Mike Camp placed second with 377.95 points. Two other divers, Ben Hedrick (252.55) and Bryan Maruhashi (230.35), placed in the top 10 for Mercer Island.

The swim team will compete on Friday and Saturday at the University of Washington’s Hec-Ed Pool during the district meet.

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