Senior Steve Sholdra, who set a 2A meet record in the 500 free on Friday, defeated two-time defending champ Alec Barnard of Archbishop Murphy with a record 200 free time Saturday.
Renton senior Steve Sholdra has even bigger things ahead.
The Yankees fan has a scholarship to Fordham, where he’ll swim distance races in the shadow of Yankee Stadium.
He’s pushing toward the U.S. Open Water Nationals in April, has his split times for Junior and Senior Nationals, and NCAA “B” cut.
But on Saturday, Sholdra was all about lowering meet records for a second consecutive day in the Class 2A boys swimming state championships at King County Aquatic Center.
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He did just that, defeating two-time defending champ Alec Barnard of Archbishop Murphy with a record 200 free time of 1:40.78.
Later, though it wasn’t a record, Sholdra swam away with the 500 free in an automatic All-American time of 4:29.10.
“My main goal was just to get best times,” said Sholdra, who took 1.5 seconds off his best in the 500 on Friday to set the 2A meet mark at 4:28.18. “I was really pumped on that. It felt really smooth. The time just came.”
Sholdra won the Swimmer of the Meet award.
Braden Mitchell of Mark Morris lowered the 50 free meet he set Friday during prelims, going down from 21.89 to 21.52. He then lowered the 100 free record he set a day earlier, from 48.05 to 47.49 seconds.
Sehome easily won its fourth consecutive 2A team title, 117-86 over runner-up Archbishop Murphy, which nonetheless beat Sehome in the 400 relay in a meet-record 3:15.52.
Barnard set his own meet record, winning the 100 fly in 51.21, bettering his mark of 51.47 last year.