Never mind the scoreboard: Sequim’s swimmers have more postseason plans.
The Wolves posted eight district meet-qualifying marks and more than a dozen personal bests in a 107-59 loss at Olympic on Jan. 4.
“The boys … put a lot of effort into technique and speed over the two-week break,” head coach Anita Benitez said.
In all, Sequim has 10 athletes who have qualified for the postseason in either individual or relay events.
Against Olympic, all three Sequim relay teams earned district qualifying swims, as did Sequim’s “B” 200 medley team of Deven Biehler, Sam Frymeyer, Sean Weber and Liam Payne.
Jax Thaxton earned two district meet swim times, in the 50 freestyle (24.66, a personal best) and the 100 free (56.67). So did teammates Payne (100 breaststroke, a personal-best 1:14.99) and Alex Berikoff (50 free, 25.14).
Payne also posted a PR in the 200 individual medley (2:42.88).
Several other Sequim swimmers set personal bests against the Trojans last week, including: Blake Boardman (200 free, 2:32.71, a 25-second PR); Biehler (50 free, 27.37); Frymeyer (1:38.01) and Anthony Cortani in the 100 butterfly; Murray Bingham in the 100 free (1:02.61); Weber in the 100 backstroke (1:19.11); Cortani in the 100 free (1:46.65); Boardman (7:11.23), Kaleb Needoba (6:32.23) and Oscar Walchenbach (8:45.54) in the 500 free, and Jeremiah Mortensen in the 100 breaststroke (1:41.27).
The Wolves host rival Port Angeles on Jan. 11, Sequim’s final home meet of the 2017-18 season, and are on the road Jan. 18 at Kingston.
Eight Sequim athletes will compete at the Swimvitational at Olympic High School in Silverdale on Jan. 20, and round out the regular season Jan. 25 at North Kitsap.
Craig shines at district qualifier
No “home” diving board? No problem.
Mathew Craig, a three-time state 2A diving meet qualifier, earned a West Central District meet berth in an 11-dive qualifying meet at Lakes High School in Lakewood on Jan. 6.
Craig, a Sequim High senior who competes with Port Angeles High School’s team with a lack of a diving board at Sequim’s home venue, earned a postseason berth in the Lakewood meet along with Port Angeles junior Andrew Methner. His score was highest among 2A divers while Methner’s was third.
Craig is seeking even higher scores — and possibly a state 2A meet qualifying score of 335.0 — at Rogers High School on Jan. 13. He placed fourth in state as a junior in 2017.