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Wolves win, splash Knights

Bremerton may have won the battles, but Sequim won the war.

Sequim's swimmers and divers edged the host Knights 101-82 on Dec. 15, despite taking first place in just five of 12 events.

The Wolves' depth made the difference last Tuesday as they picked up at least six points in each event and got a boost from their divers, who swept the diver-less Knights for a 13-point advantage.

"It was a fun meet with several close finishes," Sequim coach Linda Moats said.

No kidding. Sequim's 200 free relay squad - Michael Okamoto, Jared Lindorfer, Duncan Skinner and Triston Cortani - missed taking first by 0.03 seconds while Bremerton's 400 free relay team edged Sequim's squad - Cortani, Noe Calderon, Thomas Moores and Parker Steichen - by 0.46 seconds.

Calderon, a sophomore, posted a district meet-qualifying time in the 100 breast

stroke, one of seven district qualifying swims by the Wolves last week.

Calderon is less than two-tenths of a second from a state meet-qualifying time.

"I think he will qualify shortly after the break," Moats said.

Calderon added a district qualifier in the 50 free (26.23).

Moores, a junior, posted a first-place swim in the 500 freestyle event with a 6:21 mark, good enough for districts and 35 seconds better than his previous best.

Swimming the 200 free for the first time this season, Cortani qualified for districts with a first-place swim (2:24) while Steichen also qualified for districts with his first-place swim in the 100 backstroke (1:15), a full 12 seconds off his personal best.

Kris Petersen, a rookie swimmer, is just 2.5 seconds off qualifying for districts after swimming the 100 backstroke in one minute, 20 seconds.

Moats also noted that Chris Merrikin made big improvements in the 200 free and 500 free events and is closing in on districts.

Ezra Perkins led the divers once again, posting more than 190 points for his best performance this season.

"Overall, this is a great beginning to our season," Moats said.

The Wolves are on winter holiday break until Jan. 7 when they begin their first of four consecutive away meets at Olympic High School in Silverdale. Following "road" dates include Jan. 12 at North Kitsap, Jan. 14 at Kingston and Jan. 21 at Port Angeles.



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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