He captured the top times in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly heading into Saturday’s championship finals. Bellevue looks like a lock to win the team title.
FEDERAL WAY — The most stress Lakeside senior Abrahm Devine felt during Friday morning’s 3A state prelims didn’t happen in the pool at King County Aquatic Center.
Devine cruised through his heats in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly, easily capturing the top times in each event heading into Saturday morning’s championship finals.
Devine went 1 minute, 5.17 seconds in the IM ahead of Glacier Peak’s Camden Wunderlich (1:55.84). He took it easy in a 51.12 performance in the fly, out-pacing Glacier Peak’s Nicholas Lavigne at 52.02.
In doing so, Devine put himself in position to win state individual titles four and five out of the optimal Lane 4 in the finals. That didn’t matter so much, though.
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“I like getting the walk-out song,” Devine said. “That’s what I wanted.”
The top qualifier in each event picks the song the championship finalists walk out to on Saturday. Devine had to choose two before he left the facility on Friday. But which song to choose?
“I haven’t really decided yet,” Devine said, just after his heat in the fly. “I guess you’ll find out tomorrow.”
Another burning question for the 3A championship finals will revolve around just how much Mercer Island senior Ian Caldwell has left in the tank after a stunning prelim performance.
Caldwell posted an all-America automatic time of 20.79 seconds in his 50 free heat. Then he followed that up with an all-America consideration swim of 45.63 in the 100 free.
Caldwell came into the state meet as the top seed in the 50 and second behind District 2 champion Dean Nguyen of Franklin in the 100. Nguyen went 46.93 to earn the second spot in the final
“It’s been a nice day,” Caldwell said. “I don’t really know. The [times] just happened. Coach (Chauntelle Johnson) has just done a great job getting us ready for this state meet. We’re here to swim, here to swim fast and have a good time.”
For the most part, the Bellevue Wolverines had a really good time on Friday — as they have throughout this post-season. Even two individual disqualifications couldn’t take the shine off their preliminary meet.
“I’ve never been in this situation,” Wolverine coach Andy Hay said. “This is my 28th state meet between the boys and girls. We’ve been close a couple of times. If we hold onto what we did today, tomorrow, we could be a contender for the biggest point spread in a while.”
The Wolverines will be chasing the 2008 Mercer Island team for that mark. The Islanders beat runner-up Mount Rainier, 475-208, a spread of 267 points, that season.