Boys swimming: Relay team sets 400 free school mark at PA meet

One lap closer.

Sequim’s boys swim squad got their final prep for the postseason at the Olympic League divisional meet in Port Angeles on Jan. 29, setting a school record in the process.

SHS’s Jax Thaxton, Zen Graham, Alex Berikoff and Kaleb Needoba broke the school mark in the 400 free relay — a standard set earlier this season — by 1.2 seconds, with a time of 3:43.42. It’s a full nine seconds better than the quartet’s previous effort.

The same four swimmers nearly broke the school’s 200 free relay mark set in 2011, clocking in at 1:39.70 — just 0.33 seconds off the record.

Sequim swimmers set a dozen personal records (PRs) in individual swims. Oscar Walchenbach set PRs in the 100 backstroke (by nine seconds, to 1:27.11) and 200 IM (3:14.85), while Blake Boardman set PRs in the 100 free (1:01.13, a 16-second improvement from last season) and the 200 free (2:19.22, by five seconds).

Jordan Hurdlow also set two PRs, in the 50 free (29.00, by two seconds) and the 100 free (1:05.84, by 18 seconds).

Additional personal bests included: Needoba (25.41) and Will Plasch (29.57) in the 50 free; Liam Payne (58.11) and Michael Mattern-Hall (1:01.17) in the 100 free; Anthony Thompson-Porrazzo in the 100 backstroke (1:26.50), and Noah White in the 500 free (7:29.68).

The Wolves combined to set 10 personal and five team bests in 200 free and 400 free relays.

The West Central District meet is set for Feb. 8-9 at Hazen High School in Renton. The top seven individuals and relay teams, plus any athlete posting a state qualifying mark, advance to the class 2A state meet set for Feb. 15-16 in Federal Way.

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