Bolstered by a pair of top-10 relays and top-10 individual swims by Kaleb Needoba, Sequim’s Wolves placed eighth in the team standings in the 18-team West Central District meet at Hazen High School last week, with 59 points.
Those efforts helped both 200 free and 400 free relay teams and Needoba (in both 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly events) advance to the state 2A meet, set for Feb. 21-22 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Though Sequim swimmers did not earn any automatic state qualifying times this season, swimmers and/or relays can advance to state through “wild card” allocations via top season or districts times.
Sequim’s 200 free team of Needoba, Zen Graham, Miles Tadlock and Jesse Bobst finished fourth in the A final in 1:41.54, a quarter-second faster than their preliminary time and a two spot improvement over their preliminary finish.
The quartet added a seventh place swim in the 400 free relay later in the meet, clocking in at 3:45.86.
Needoba, a junior, qualified for the finals in the 200 freestyle and finished sixth overall with a 1:57.28 mark, a full second better than his preliminary seed time.
Needoba also placed sixth in the 100 fly with a 58.55 mark. Needoba had a 59.38-second seed time coming into districts but clocked a 57.67 mark in preliminaries to swim his way into the 100 fly A final.
Deven Biehler qualified for the B final in the 50 free and placed 12th overall with a 24.58-second finish, edging his preliminary seed time by nearly two-tenths of a second.
In the same race, Graham placed 23rd with a 25.96-second finish.
Biehler finished 13th in the 100 free with a 55.77-second swim, nearly a full second faster than his seed time. Graham was 20th in the same event with a 58.83 mark, also an improvement on his seed time.
Bobst took 17th place in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:13.37 finish, improving his seed time by more than a second.
With 225 team points, Steilacoom took top team honors at the district meet, followed by Lindbergh (202), Olympic (170) and North Kitsap (150). Port Angeles was sixth (95 points).