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Boys swim earns 10th KingCo title
For the 10th straight year, the Mercer Island High School boys swim and dive team has a KingCo title. The team, which many thought might flounder this season after losing so many talented seniors to graduation last spring, proved once again that it is tough to beat.
The Islanders beat out the competition with another first-place finish, showing up the second-place team, Garfield, by 444 points, despite winning only four events.
Mercer Island relay teams earned titles in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle, while Ian Fisk won the 500 freestyle. The 400 freestyle relay team also set a meet record of 3:18.08 by Kyle Moline, Duncan Howard, Theo Danciu and Andy Wingerson. The old record, set in 2009 by the previous MI team, was 3:18.37.
The team also qualified three of the six Islander divers for the district competition, according to diving coach Penny Yantis.
The district meet swim finals will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Mary Wayte Pool beginning at 5:30 p.m.
3A KingCo meet
Team scores – 1, Mercer Island 878; 2, Garfield 434; 3, Bellevue 410.50; 4, Roosevelt 382; 5, Newport 355; 6, Liberty 318
200 medley relay – Mercer Island (Eric Benca, Connor Paulich, Dan Simons, Will Voit) 1:43.61. 200 free – Kyle Komlodi, Inglemoor, 1:46.36. 200 IM – Logan Briggs, Liberty, 1:58.81 (meet record). 50 free – Sebastian Bury, Newport, 22.19. Diving – Alec Ginn, Garfield, 375.50. 100 fly – Komlodi, Inglemoor, 54.43. 100 free – Bury, Newport, 49.06. 500 free – Ian Fisk, Mercer Island, 4:46.17. 200 free relay – Mercer Island (Theodor Danciu, Robbie Homchick, Kyle Nakagaki, Duncan Howard) 1:30.92. 100 back – Paolo Stanchi, Bellevue, 54.66. 100 breast – Shunya Asano, Liberty, 1:02.64. 400 free relay –Mercer Island (Kyle Moline, Howard, Danciu, Andy Wingerson) 3:18.08 (meet record).