Sequim splits with Klahowya, Olympic

When the West Central District meets kick off on Feb. 12 at Hazen High School in Renton, expect to see plenty of swimmers and divers in purple and gold.

The Wolves saw three more athletes qualify for the postseason meet as they split a double-dual meet at home against Klahowya and Olympic, the last regular meet of the season, on Jan. 29.

The Wolves (6-6) topped Klahowya 123-56 and fell 94-89 to the Trojans.

Kris Petersen earned a spot at districts in the 200 free - a 27-second personal best - while Tanner Estep earned a ticket in the 200 individual medley and Triston Cortani qualified for districts in the 100 backstroke.

Thomas Moores, aiming for a state-qualifying mark in the 50 free, dropped a half second from his personal best and is now 0.6 seconds from the state standard.

Matthew Cays, a rookie, broke 29 seconds in the same event.

"This is fantastic for a newcomer to the team,"

Sequim coach Linda Moats said. "Luckily he has three more years to swim in high school."

Moores topped the field in the 500 free with a 6:11 finish. Noe Calderon took first in the 200 IM (2:22).

Kris Petersen dropped 15 seconds off his best time in the 100 butterfly and is nearing a district-qualifying mark.

Sequim swims at the divisional meet in Port Angeles on Feb. 4.

The top-two finishers and any other swimmers and divers who meet the state-qualifying mark at districts move on to the state 2A meet, slated for Feb. 19 in Federal Way.

Wolves sink Knights

Bremerton may be a larger school, but Sequim had plenty of numbers - the kind that count toward team scores - in a 119-63 Wolves win on Jan. 26.

Sequim's 200 medley relay squad won a tight victory (less than half a second) to open the meet and rolled from there, taking first place in seven of the next 10 events.

Chris Merrikin saw all his hard work pay off by qualifying for districts in the 200 free with a first-place swim and personal best of 2:34.66, four seconds off his top time from the end of last season.

Estep chopped eight seconds off his best 100 free time and is less than a second from districts in that event.

"He'll get it next time," Moats said. "He just has to remember to kick."

Jared Lindorfer dropped 14 seconds off his best with strong 200 IM finish of 2:46,

six seconds from districts. He also shed seven seconds off his 100 free best.

"He had a great day of racing," Moats said.

Cortani qualified for districts in the 500 free, an impressive feat considering it was just his second time to swim the event.

In diving, Sequim's rookies led an uncontested sweep for Sequim.

In other league action on Jan. 26, Port Angeles edged North Kitsap 95-88 in a battle of undefeated teams, giving the Roughriders the Olympic League championship.

3 Sequim divers earn district berths

Three Sequim High divers extended their seasons Saturday after tallying at least 225 points at a postseason qualifying meet at Hazen High School in Renton on Jan. 30.

Junior Ezra Perkins scored 247.1 points and finished sixth while freshman Austin Clement was ninth with 230.7 points.

Sophomore Connor Christianson scored 227 points on his 11 dives, finishing 10th overall.

The three have qualified to compete at the West Central District meet at Hazen High on Feb. 12-13.

Just missing the cut was sophomore Zachary Springer, who finished 11th with 210.7 points.

Springer and freshman Cameron Harrison are slated to compete at the Olympic League meet on Feb. 4 in Port Angeles, their final chance to qualify for districts.

"All the boys performed their dives very consistently and with quite a bit of flair," said SHS diving coach Susan Craig, "and I hope they will do even better on the meet at the P.A. pool on Thursday."

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