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Kentwood boys swim and dive finishes fourth overall at league meet
The Kentwood boys swim and dive team closed the South Puget Sound League 4A swim and dive championships on Feb. 1 with a hard fought win in the 400 free relay, beating second place Curtis by one hundredth of a second.
The relay team of seniors Logan Stoick, Dane Turnbull, Kevin Molloy and Brian Wright finished in a State qualifying time of 3:24.26, edging out Curtis' time of 3:24.27.
Overall Kentwood brought back a fourth place finish from the meet. The top three team spots were claimed by Curtis, Kentridge, and Mount Rainier, respectively. The team from Kentlake finished seventh and Tahoma finished eighth.
The Kentwood 200 individual medley relay of Turnbull, Molloy, Wright, and Stoick finished fourth in the first event of the night with a Districts qualifying time of 1:45.43. In the same event the Tahoma relay of Chris Hatch, Ethan Wunschel, Coleman Blakely, and Tyler Rinck finished seventh, and the Kentlake relay of Alex Phillips, Jalen Koon, Justin Woo, and Evan Eidal finished 11th.
Patrick Knox of Kentlake finished seventh in the 200 freestyle, and Cole Hendricks of Kentwood finished 11th.
Kentwood's Wright finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.79. Tahoma's Blakely swam in the same event, going 2:18.68 and finishing 12th.
Stoick led the charge for Kentwood in the 50 freestyle, finishing fourth in a time of 23.26. Fellow Conqueror Andrew Stone finished seventh in 23.71 and teammates Blake Rizzo and Molloy finished 11th and 12th, respectively.
Kentlake earned 13 points towards the team's overall score with Eidal's second place finish in diving. Brady Shutt of Kentridge took home first place in the event.
Freshman Elias Knoblock earned another second place finish for Kentlake, out-touching a senior from Rogers in the 100 butterfly. Knoblock clocked in at 57.56. Also in the 100 fly, fellow Kentlake Falcon Quentin Knox finished sixth with a time of 59.69. Tahoma's Blakely finished 11th.
Stoick was back for the Conquerors with a fourth place finish in 50.95 in the 100 freestyle. Turnbull finished eighth in 52.73.
Colin Bryant of Kentlake finished sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.85. Cooper Mattern, of Tahoma, finished eighth.
In the 200 freestyle relay the Kentwood team of Hendricks, Tjay Mason, Rizzo, and Stone finished fifth in 1:37.79. The Kentlake team of Patrick Knox, Knoblock, Bryant and Quentin Knox finished seventh, and the Tahoma Bears team of Marcus Coselman, Tyler Gage, Hatch, and Cory Cox finished eighth.
Turnbull turned in Kentwood's third second place finish of the night in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.49 and his teammate Hendricks finished ninth.
In the 100 breaststroke Quentin Knox finished eighth for Kentlake in 1:05.53, Kentwood's Wright finished ninth, and Molloy finished 12th.
Kentwood's 400 freestyle relay win ended the meet, and in the same event Kentlake's team of Knoblock, Patrick Knox, Bryant, and Quentin Knox finished fourth, and the Tahoma team of Rinck, Mattern, Cox, and Blakely finished eighth.
Next up in the boys swim and dive post season is the West Central District 3B meet that will be held this Thursday through Saturday at Curtis.