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SHS diver makes top 10 in state
Seven Sequim swimmers and divers took a dip in the waters of champions last weekend at the 2A boys state meet.
Austin Clement and Cameron Harrison, both seniors and four-year-divers, qualified for state earlier in the season and placed well at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.
Clement ranked 10th with a combined score of 264.95. Harrison moved up two spots in the finals to take 13th with 250.35.
Head coach Linda Moats said the divers came in with high expectations.
“They showed they could get higher scores earlier in the season, but I think they just got nervous,” she said.
Eric Prosser swam the 100 backstroke and finished 24th overall.
Moats said his time was about a second slower than at the district meet and that illness spread to some of the team, including Prosser.
She said Prosser swam well in the 200 medley relay but didn’t appear to feel well for the backstroke.
One of the two relay teams, the 400 freestyle relay, finished 19th.
Doug Dunbar finished with his best time ever in the 100 freestyle at 56.96, which Moats said is about 3 seconds faster than at the beginning of the year. Kiano Stoppani swam a 1:01.49, his best time by over a second.
The 200 medley relay was disqualified for an improper turn. As a team the Wolves placed 27th overall with 11 points.
Moats said team members were proud of their accomplishments and the opportunity to finish at the state level.
Steve Dewey and Jon Donahue swam for both relay teams.
This year 11 seniors graduate from the team leaving five returning swimmers.
Moats said they plan to recruit for swimming as a fun sport and as an opportunity to get in shape for other sports.