Wolves earn split with Eagles, Trojans

What winter break?

Sequim High's boys swimmers and divers showed little rust as they battled league rivals Olympic and Klahowya last week in Silverdale.

The Wolves wound up with a split, easily splashing Klahowya 120-53 and getting edged by the Trojans, 97-85.

Sequim captain Parker Steichen took second place and earned a district meet-qualifying time in the 200 individual medley (2:37), breaking a personal best by four seconds. Teammate Tanner Estep was close behind at 2:44, setting a personal best by 18 seconds.

Thomas Moores is less than a second from a state 2A meet-qualifying time after swimming to a 24.48-second finish in the 50 free.

Noe Calderon easily broke the one-minute mark in the 100 free while teammate Matthew Cays shed seven seconds off his personal best in the same event while battling an illness.

Doug Dunbar dropped nine seconds off his previous best in the 100 backstroke and is only seven seconds from qualifying for districts. Teammate Kris Petersen is less than four seconds from qualifying for districts in the same event.

Sequim's 200 free relay squad - Calderon, Moores, Steichen and Triston Cortani - turned in a strong time with a 1:45 finish, a good four seconds better than the best 200 free relay mark from last season.

The Wolves took three of the top five places in the 100 breaststroke, led by Calderon in second place,

Steichen in third and Duncan Skinner in fifth.

"It was a great race to watch," Sequim coach Linda Moats said.

All three of Sequim's 400 free relay teams finished faster than five minutes, the first time they've been able to do that this season.

Ezra Perkins once again led the Wolves in diving with 185.1 points, followed by Zach Springer (153.75) and Connor Christianson (117).

The Wolves were scheduled to swim at North Kitsap on Jan. 12 - results were unavailable at press time.

Sequim is at Kingston on Jan. 14 and at Port Angeles on Jan. 21 before their last home meets of the season: Jan. 26 vs. Bremerton and Jan. 28 vs. Olympic.

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