By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times
Different expectations for Kamiak in 2014
Chris Erickson has tempered his expectations as the 4A post-season swimming season approaches.
His Kamiak Knights are the defending 4A champions. But Kamiak lost Laim Sosinsky and other prominent seniors from that squad.
“It’s just survival after you lose Liam and some other guys,” Erickson said.
Survival hasn’t been horrific, mind you.
Led by Shelby Lee, Eben Schumann and Henry Limm, the Knights have continued to win in the Wesco. On Tuesday, Kamiak beat Shorewood for its 87th consecutive dual meet victory.
While it’s still a long way to the 323 successive meets that Dick Hannula’s Wilson teams won from 1960-83, the streak still is worthy of note.
“It’s not bad,” Erickson said. “But we don’t get out, either. We’re pretty much only in Wesco. With the Snohomish pool opening up (see note below), hopefully there will be a renewal of our rivalries to the east.”
Dual meet success doesn’t automatically translate to post-season championships. It did a year ago for Kamiak, and in 2009, when the Knights won the title with just five swimmers at state.
How many Kamiak participants will be in Federal Way come the state meet on February 21 and 22 is unknown. But Erickson believes Newport and Issaquah are two of the teams to watch closely come state.
“We hope to be in the Top 5,” Erickson said. “It’s not too realistic to think we’ll go down there and win things. These guys will be seniors next year. It could be a fun year.”
This year will be fun for a different reason, Erickson said.
His swimmers can go for more personal achievements. A year ago, neither Lee nor Limm swam two individual events at state.
Instead, Erickson used them to strengthen all three relays, keeping those events in the Top 8. At 4A, having three relays advance to the championship final on Saturday is necessary to make a run at the team title.
Expect Lee and Limm to each get two chances at an individual state title in three weeks.
Long wait over at Snohomish
It took almost six years.
But Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools finally have a sparkling new home for its swim teams.
The schools opened the Snohomish Aquatic Center with a multi-school meet on Tuesday as the Panthers and Grizzlies hosted Marysville Pilchuck, Marysville Getchell and Cascade.
“I can’t put into words how nice it is to have a home pool again,” Rob Serviss told the Everett Herald. Serviss coaches both Snohomish and Glacier Peak. “It’s been a long, long time and not only do we have a home pool but we have an amazing home pool. I’m a pretty articulate guy and I lack the words to describe how great it is to have a meet here and what it means to these kids and what it means to me.
Who’s going where?
Army – Michael Stanchi, Bellevue
Colorado Mines – Parick Giedeman, Richland
Birmingham Southern – Caleb Riggs, Peninsula
Georgia Tech – Brian Woodbury, Curtis
Harvard – Edward Kim, Eastlake
Minnesota – Chase Bublitz, Kentridge
Tufts – Morgan Ciliv, Bellevue
Utah – Benjamin Scott, Steilacoom
Wisconsin – Todd McCarthy, Bellevue
Boise State – Monica Bottelberghe, Columbia River; Emma Chard, Foss
Bowdoin – Mariah Rawding, White Salmon
Cal Poly SLO – Caitlin Cox, Mercer Island; Sage Speak, Inglemoor
Michigan – Carolyn McCann, Gig Harbor
New Mexico – Morgan Ginnis, Arlington
Northwestern – Anna Keane, Meadowdale
Pomona – Alex Seidel, Mercer Island
Texas A&M – Lisa Bratton, Richland
USC – Hannah Weiss, Mercer Island (did not swim for school)
Utah – Shayla Archer, Bainbridge; Megan Kawaguchi, Mount Rainier
WSU – Hannah Bruggman, Wenatchee
Wheaton College (Ill.) – Kayla Roberson, Inglemoor
Yale – Heidi VanderWel, Monroe
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