Mercer Island, winner of the past six state championships, was outscored by Lakeside, 294 points to 226.
MERCER ISLAND — Lakeside bumped Mercer Island from its accustomed spot atop the Sea-King 3A District in boys swimming Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool, making the upcoming state meet a little more interesting this year.
Mercer Island, winner of the past six state championships, was outscored by Lakeside, 294 points to 226. Bainbridge was third with 208.
A week ago, Mercer Island completely dominated the KingCo championships — beating 4A and 3A teams alike — with a whopping 747 points.
The Islanders still will be among the team favorites when the state meet begins Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Zach Wagner (50-yard freestyle, 100 free), Sean Ekavithvorakul (100 butterfly) and Andrew Bowker (diving) got victories for Lakeside, which also won two of three relays.
Liberty’s Logan Briggs (500 free, 200 individual medley) was another double winner.
Sea-King 4A District
At UW Pool, Eastlake sophomore Edward Kim broke meet records in the 100 back (51.01) and 200 free (1:41.11) — perhaps not even his best events. Kim is defending state 4A champion in the 50 and 100 free.
Issaquah edged Newport in a tight battle for the team championship, 233 points to 231.5. Issaquah’s 200 medley relay also broke a meet record (1:39.22). Depth was the difference for the Eagles, whose only other win was in the 200 free relay.
Sebastian Bury was a double winner for Newport in the 50 and 100 free, tying Kim’s 2011 meet record in the 50 (21.97).
Northwest 3A District
At Marysville-Pilchuck, Eddie Young won the diving with a state-best 533.2 points for Shorewood, helping the Thunderbirds (322) outpoint rival Shorecrest (275) for the team championship.
Jacob Jepsen (200 free, 100 breast) and Josh Jepsen (100 breast, 200 IM) each won two events and swam on two winning relays for third-place Oak Harbor.
West Central 3A District
At Hazen High School, Tommy Thach (100 breast, 200 IM) and Thane Maudslien (200 free, 100 fly) each won a pair of events and swam on two winning relays to lead Kennedy Catholic to the team championship. The Lancers (258) outdistanced Hazen (235), with Peninsula (171) third. Maudslien is the defending state champ in the 100 fly and 100 back.
West Central 2A District
At Mount Rainier High School, Lindbergh’s Andrew Franco-Munoz (50 free, 100 fly) and Renton’s Steve Sholdra (200 free, 500 free) each won a pair of events, and Interlake took the team championship. Joe Lorr won the 200 IM for the Saints, whose 251 points were comfortably ahead of second-place Lindbergh (216).
Northwest 2A District
At Anacortes, Alec Barnard (200 free, 100 fly) and Austin Barnard (500 free) got victories for Archbishop Murphy, which finished fourth behind Sehome, Anacortes and Squalicum.