State boys swim meet offers glimpse of teams’ futures

Strong swims by sophomores and juniors for Tahoma and Kentwood at last weekend’s state swim meet have their coaches looking forward to next season.

“We have the largest number of swimmers at state in probably a decade,” Tahoma coach Stephen Magee said. “We have a really strong sophomore class.”

After the opening event Friday, the 200 medley relay, Kentwood coach Sharon Wright was pleased with how the meet started off.

“We wild-carded in, we were seeded 23rd and moved up a minimum of two spots,” Wright said. “And they’re all coming back next year, they’re all juniors.”

The Kentwood relay of Dane Turnbull, Kevin Molloy, Logan Stoick, and Andrew Stone ended up finishing 19th in the event with a time of 1 minute 46 seconds.

The relay from Tahoma of James Smith, Ehtan Wunschel, Michael Cox and Mitch Halbert finished just behind Kentwood with a time of 1:46.14.

Erik Fulmer, from Kentlake swam the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly Friday night.

“It’s going pretty well,” Kentlake coach Matt Zietzke said. “He’s right where he should be.”

Fulmer finished fifth in the 200 free final Feb. 16 with a time of 1:45.27. Fulmer finished 19th in the 100 fly with a time of 54.80.

Cox swam the 100 fly, finishing seventh in the final heat Saturday with a time of 53.20.

Molloy finished 22nd in the same event with a time of 55.95.

Cox also swam in the second heat of the 100 free at prelims, just minutes after swimming in the third and final heat of the butterfly prelims. Cox finished 25th in the freestyle with a time of 53.91.

Halbert also swam the 100 free, finishing 14th with a time of 50.37.

In the 200 free relay the team from Kentridge finished second with a time of 1:29.40. In the final heat barely three seconds separated first place Issaquah from eighth place Mt. Rainier. The Tahoma team of Matthew Milburn, Brennan Toomey, Cory Cox and Tyler Rinck finished 23rd with a time of 1:40.24.

Kevin Molloy finished 21st with a time of 1:04.13 in the 100 breaststroke.

The meet wrapped up with the 400 free relay in which the team of Brian Wright, Logan Stoick, Dane Turnbull and Kevin Molloy finished 18th with a time of 3:27.25 followed by the Tahoma team of Alex Cranstoun, Coleman Blakely, Mitch Halbert and Michael Cox in 19th with a time of 3:27.56.


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