The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team placed third overall at the 2017 3A state championship meet Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island boys third at 3A state swim and dive championships

Ben Dixon wins state dive title for MI

The Mercer Island boys swim and dive team earned a third-place trophy at the 3A state championships, which wrapped up Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The Islanders finished with 193 points as a team. Bainbridge won the 3A meet, scoring 369. Bellevue was second with 351 points.

Ben Dixon was a state champion for Mercer Island in the dive event. Dixon won the one-meter dive with a score of 404.4. Teammate and fellow diver Gabriel Neale placed fifth in the event with a score of 341.05.

Mercer Island’s team of Joseph Li, Evan Hill, Carson Coe and Oliver Hoff placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.57. Nate Robinson, Kyle Bailey, James Richardson and Li were sixth in the 200 medley relay, finishing with a time of 1:40.

In other individual events, Bailey placed fifth for the Islanders in the 200 IM at 1:57.75. Hoff placed eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.4. Richardson was eighth in the 100 fly, finishing in 53.64, and Killian Riley placed eighth in the 500 free at 4:53.93.

Mercer Island coach Evan Moline said he saw some best times from his swimmers at Saturday’s meet, including in the 200 IM and 100 breast events. He added he was thrilled to see Dixon bring home a state dive title.

“He’s someone who clearly has put so much work and dedication into this sport. I know [a state dive title] was what he had his mind set on at the start of the year,” Moline said. “Seeing it all come together with his last three dives, I think for him, was a dream come true. That was really exciting to see because he earned it.”

Mercer Island’s Oliver Hoff competes in the 200 free. Hoff placed eighth with a time of 1:51.4 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island’s Kyle Bailey competes in the 200 IM. Bailey placed fifth with a time of 1:57.75 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island’s Ben Dixon competes in the one-meter dive at the 3A state championship meet (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island’s Ben Dixon won the 3A state dive title with a finals score of 404.4 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

Mercer Island’s James Richardson competes in the 100 fly. Richardson placed eighth in the event with a time of 53.64 (Joe Livarchik/staff photo).

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