Senior Zack Rossman wins two events for the Wolverines.
MUKILTEO — Not even a mid-meet shift in venue could derail the momentum the Bellevue Wolverines currently enjoy.
Friday’s preliminary races for the KingCo boys swimming championships took place at the University of Washington pool. For the finals on Saturday, everything moved north to Kamiak High.
Bellevue just kept rolling.
The 3A Wolverines outpaced everyone in 3A and 4A from KingCo, including 4A state favorite Newport, to defend its title by scoring 631 points. Mercer Island was second at 542 and the Knights were third at 540.
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“I’ve never swum well at UW,” said Bellevue senior Zack Rossman, the only Wolverine individual double winner on Saturday.
“I was happy to come to Kamiak today, even though it’s an hour drive. If you’re a great team, you’ll show up at any pool.”
The Wolverines are a prohibitive favorite to walk away with the Sea-King District 2 crown again next Saturday at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island, as well as a second consecutive 3A state title at the meet that will take place Feb. 19-20 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“Right place, right time,” Bellevue coach Andy Hay said, simply, about his team’s performance Saturday.
Bellevue’s swimmers, though, weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the surroundings at Kamiak.
Inglemoor senior Reid Anderson had a good day, winning the 200 individual medley in 1:58.06 (the only swimmer to break the 2-minute mark on Saturday) and the 100 butterfly in 52.98. He was the only other double winner of the meet.
“This was awesome,” Anderson said.
“This is my first time winning events in the postseason. That IM was a best time for me, outside of meets where I was really tapered.”
Anderson didn’t even make the state meet as a freshman. He made one “A” final as a sophomore and was just outside of medal contention a year ago.
“This year, I’m hoping to win the 200 free, depending on who else swims it,” Anderson said. “I don’t think anything has changed. I’ve just been putting in the hard work. Those years are starting to pay off.”
Issaquah senior Jason Klein won the 200 free on Saturday in 1:46.45. Anderson didn’t swim the event this week, but he will next week at the District 2 meet.
Klein then swam the 100 breaststroke — an off event for him — doing so in an attempt to become an “Iron Man” — a designation bestowed on swimmers who achieve state qualifying times in each of the eight individual events.
While Klein improved his time from prelims, going 1:04.24 and finishing sixth behind winner Ben Gore of Mercer Island, it came up short of the 1:02 4A state meet qualifying mark.