Boys Swimming: Sequim’s Wolves post postseason-qualifying marks in opening meets

Squaring off against the defending state champs to open their season, the relatively small Sequim Wolves still managed to post a number of strong swims — one first place finish and eight second place swims — in a 104-59 loss at Olympic on Dec. 10.

Sequim’s Jesse Bobst raced to a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18 to take first Kaleb Needoba placed second in both 200 individual medley (2:18) and 100 butterfly (1:00) races, both swims earning district meet-qualifying times.

Myles Tadlock took second in the 200 free (2:28), Zen Graham was second in the 50 free (26.18, less than a second off a district qualifying time) and Deven Biehler was second in the 500 free (6:40) for the Wolves.

Sequim also placed second in all three relays, with each relay earning a district meet qualifying mark.

Olympic’s Dietrich Meyer, the defending state 2A champ in both 50 free and 100 free, won both events against the Wolves while teammates Rainier Meyer (100 backstroke, 100 butterfly) and Ryan Burchell (200 IM, 500 free) also won two events each for the Trojans.

Two days later, the Wolves got another tough challenge from host Kingston, who placed third at the state meet in 2018-2019. Sequim managed three first-place swims and five runner-up finishes in a 103-61 loss on Dec. 12.

Needoba edged Buccaneer Charlie Near by about a half-second to win the 100 backstroke in 1:04.24 for first place and a district meet-qualifying time.

Bobst earned a first place swim in the 100 breaststroke, cutting his time in the event from two days prior by more than a second (to 1:17.5) and closing within a half-second of a district qualifying mark.

Biehler added a first place swim in the 100 free (58.39), edging Buc Evan Yamane by .21 of a second.

Needoba added a district qualifying time in the 200 freestyle with a finish right around 2 minutes, placing second.

Also picking up second place swims were Jordan Hurdlow (50 free, 27.35) and Sequim’s three relays, with each again posting district meet standard times.

Looking ahead

Sequim was scheduled to swim at Bremerton on Dec. 17 — results were not available at press time.

The Wolves host Port Angeles on Dec. 19, their final meet before winter break.

Sequim is at North Kitsap on Jan. 16 and hosts Klahowya on Jan. 23.

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