Boys swimming: Two relays, one individual make districts at first meet

One meet in and the Wolves’ boys swim team is in the race for districts.

Two relays teams and one individual swimmer qualified for districts on Dec. 7 against Klahowya (2-0) in Bremerton.

Sequim’s 200 medley of Alex Berikoff, Kaleb Needoba, Liam Payne and Jax Thaxton swam well-past the 2:12.00 qualifying time by going 1:59.84. Now they’re about 13 seconds from qualifying for state.

The 200 free squad of Murray Bingham, Needoba, Payne and Thaxton swam a 1:48.06, about 7 seconds faster than the districts time and about 12 seconds within a state time.

Thaxton became the first Wolves swimmer this season to qualify for districts on his own. He swam a 1:10.08, more than 1 second past the district’s qualifying time, in the 100 backstroke.

Even with the fast times, Sequim fell to the Eagles 98-69, however new Sequim coach Anita Benitez said “we are a young team and will beat them next year.”

A few Wolves made significant cuts in the personal bests at the meet too.

Bingham cut 15 seconds in the 500 free (7:27.59), Oscar Walchenbach cut 45 seconds in the 500 free (N/A), Deven Biehler cut 1 second in the 50 free (30.19), Liam Braaton cut 11 seconds in the 50 free (48.16), Blake Boardman cut 11 seconds in the 100 free (1:17.17), and Dillon Nucci cut 6 seconds in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.47).

Up next

This week, the Wolves host Bremerton (0-1) at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the YMCA of Sequim. They’ll practice through winter break and travel next to Olympic (2-0) on Jan. 4.

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