FEDERAL WAY – Not this year.
Barring some catastrophic events during the 3A boys state swim finals at King County Aquatic Center on Saturday, there will be no reversal of fortune for Mercer Island, Lakeside or any other school this year.
The Islanders, who won five consecutive 3A state team titles from 2007-2011 before being out-touched by Lakeside the past two years, set themselves up for a dominant finish during the preliminary round Friday night.
Mercer Island had 27 individual swims in the prelims. Of those, 11 advanced to championship finals while another 10 will swim for points in the consolation final heats that begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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All three Islanders relays are championship finalists. And diver Ben Dixon also is set to score points.
“They’re so ready,” Mercer Island coach Chauntelle Johnson said. “I have a lot of seniors. And they were just ready to go.”
From the first event – the 200 medley relay – the Islanders served notice. With the second best seed time entering the meet, Mercer Island went out and shed 1.25 seconds to qualify in the top spot for the championship final at 1:36.27.
Those swims continued, especially in the freestyle events for the Islanders. Mercer Island has half the field in the 100 free championship final with Noah Deiparine (46.90), Andrew Weiss (47.15), Ian Caldwell (47.22) and Brandt Waesche (48.38) all making the eight-man race.
From a pure performance aspect, though, Bellevue’s Todd McCarthy jumped past everyone on Friday, starting with his heat in the 100 butterfly.
The senior shot atop the qualifying with a blistering automatic all-America time of 49.39 seconds. That performance broke the meet record of 49.48 set by Issaquah’s Evan Taylor in 1999.
Scotts shine in 2A swimming
The Scotts were great for Steilacoom.
Ben Scott qualified first in the 100 fly (50.98) and 100 back (52.14). Brother James Scott is the top seed into the 100 breaststroke final at 1:01.37, and fifth for the 200 IM.
Anacortes was workmanlike in advancing five swimmers to championship finals.
Archbishop Murphy’s Stephen Boden ran away from the field in the 200 IM (1:55.32) and 500 free (4:40.06). And Lindbergh senior Andrew Franco-Munoz earned top qualifying times in the 50 (21.83) and 100 frees (47.87).