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Wolves headed to districts, state meets
Three Sequim divers punched their tickets to state last week.
Their swimming counterparts hope to do the same in Renton this coming weekend.
Sequim has a pair of relay teams and a pair of swimmers joining the diving trio as they head to the West Central District meet, set for Feb. 10-11 at Hazen High School in Renton.
Connor Christianson, Austin Clement and Cameron Harrison each posted state-qualifying marks and will compete the weekend following districts in Federal Way.
Senior Noe Calderon and freshman Eric Prosser are looking to join them with top finishes at the district meet.
Calderon posted district-worthy marks in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke while Prosser will compete in the 200 IM and 500 free at districts following strong finishes at the 2A division invitational meet in Port Angeles on Jan. 31.
Steve Dewey already had a district-qualifying mark in the 100 backstroke.
Sequim’s 200 medley relay team (Calderon, Dewey, Prosser and Matt Cays) joins the Wolves’ 200 free relay team (Calderon, Dewey, Prosser and Doug Dunbar) at districts as well after top-four finishes at the divisional meet.
Despite missing district-qualifying marks, several Sequim swimmers posted personal bests at last week’s divisional meet.
In the 200 free, Kiano Stoppani swam a best time by two seconds and placed third in the silver division.
In the 200 individual medley, Markus Petersen placed first in the silver division with a new best time by 3 seconds.
Dunbar, Brendon Hudson, David Vollenweider and Kyle Webster each set bests in the 50 free.
Dunbar broke the one-minute mark in the 100 free, placing second in the gold division and seventh overall.
“He has been after this goal all season and it was nice to see him accomplish it at this meet,” Sequim coach Linda Moats said.
Dewey, Stoppani and Keil Wood each set personal bests in the 100 free.
Randy Hogoboom dropped a second off his best 500 free time and placed fourth in the silver division.
“It was nice to see him win an award for his efforts,” Moats said.
Dunbar, Stoppani and Wood had their best 200 free relay splits of the season.
“We are very proud of our team and the effort they put out,” Moats said.
Sequim swimmers and divers take on the seven other 2A teams from the Olympic League, plus seven from the South Puget Sound League, four from the Seamount League and KingCo’s Interlake at districts.
The top three individuals or relay teams at districts earn berths to the state meet. Some individuals or relays advance to state based on “wild card” entries that help fill out some events.
The Class 2A state meet is Feb. 17-18 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Last season, Sequim finished eighth at districts and advanced three divers to state, led by Christianson; he finished fifth.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.