Sequim’s Kaleb Needoba swims the 200 individual medley as the Wolves host klahowya on Jan. 23. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Kaleb Needoba swims the 200 individual medley as the Wolves host klahowya on Jan. 23. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Boys swimming: Wolves eclipse Eagles in final home meet

What winter break hangover?

Sequim’s Wolves showed little sign of rustiness coming off a 34-day break from competition, routing a similar-sized Klahowya squad 90-59 on Jan. 23, their final home meet of the 2019-2020 season.

Sequim High senior Jesse Bobst swims the breaststroke portion of the 200 medley relay to kick off Sequim’s league win over Klahowya on Jan. 23. The Wolves swept all three relays en route to a 90-59 win. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim High senior Jesse Bobst swims the breaststroke portion of the 200 medley relay to kick off Sequim’s league win over Klahowya on Jan. 23. The Wolves swept all three relays en route to a 90-59 win. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim (2-3) won eight of the 11 events and picked up two sweeps (50, 100 free) for their second win of the season.

Senior Deven Biehler picked up two individual wins, with a 24.75-second finish in the 50 free (a district meet qualifying mark) and 57.88-second mark in the 100 free, while teammate Kaleb Needoba added two individual wins as well, taking first in the 200 individual medley (2:18) and 100 butterfly (1:00), both district meet qualifiers.

Jesse Bobst had a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:16, a district qualifying time) while teammates Jordan Hurdlow and David Melcer had strong 2-3 finishes in the 200 free (2:22.90 and 2:25.29, respectively), just behind Klahowya’s Wyatt Veterfeuille (2:22.54).

Zen Graham added two second-place finishes, in the 50 and 100 free races.

Sequim High senior Zen Graham swims his way to a second place finish in the 50 free in a Jan. 23 league meet. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim High senior Zen Graham swims his way to a second place finish in the 50 free in a Jan. 23 league meet. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim also swept all three relays, winning the 200 medley (1:55.59), 200 free (1:49.25) and 400 free (4:01.99).

The Wolves paid tribute to the five seniors on their nine-swimmer roster, including Biehler, Bobst, Graham, Hurdlow and Rane Forcinel.

SHS senior Rane Forcinel gets a fist-bump from coach Britt Hemphill after a strong swim in the 50 free against Klahowya on Jan. 23. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

SHS senior Rane Forcinel gets a fist-bump from coach Britt Hemphill after a strong swim in the 50 free against Klahowya on Jan. 23. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Looking ahead

Sequim sees one more regular league meet — Jan. 28 at North Kitsap — before competing at the Divisional Invitational (Last Chance Meet) held Jan. 31 at Olympic High School in Silverdale.

Qualifying athletes compete at the 1A/2A West Central District meet Feb. 14-15 at Hazen High School in Renton, with the state 1A/2A finals slated for Feb. 21-22 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Olympic League standings

Team Over.

Olympic 5-0

North Kitsap 3-1

Kingston 3-1

Port Angeles 3-2

Sequim 2-3

Bremerton 1-5

Klahowya 0-5

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