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).
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.