History in the making at State?
By Doug Drowley
Special to The Seattle Times
Just like that, the state swim meets are upon us.
Beginning Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. with the 3A prelims and continuing through the 2A finals session that should conclude sometime around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, some 600 athletes will convene at the King County Aquatics Center for three classifications of competition.
But, before the races begin, we like to use this space this week to play a little what-if game. In this case, we’ll look at the what-if for each classification’s team title chase should the entry times for each of the 24 swimmers in each event stand up through the two rounds of competition.
First, in 4A, another bit of history similar to that pulled off by Pullman a year ago could take place. The Greyhounds became the first school from east of the Cascades to win a girls state swim title since Eastmont n 1990.
Wenatchee has the inside track to repeat the feat this weekend. If the Panthers score the 210 points they would by finishing in the order dictated by seeding times to state, Wenatchee would dethrone two-time defending champion Newport of Bellevue.
Newport would finish as the runner-up with 184 points. The Top 5 team scores as predicted by the seeding times for each event and in each classification are presented in a chart below.
In 3A, it appears a likely scenario that another kind of history will take place.
The Lakeside Lions won their first Sea-King district championship last Saturday over Mercer Island, 238.5-208.5. The predicted margin at state is even larger, 332-247.
The Islanders have won the title the past five seasons. A victory this weekend would be the second time in school history that the program has won six straight.
Another first time state team titlist appears likely in 2A.
While Pullman and its Swimmer of the Meet from a year ago, sophomore Taylor McCoy, are poised to finish second, it is 2A newcomer Liberty of Issaquah that would seem a shoe-in for its first championship in school history.
Liberty has spent most of its years competing in the very competitive 3A ranks of the Kingco Conference. The Patriots dropped to Kingco 2A this fall.
Liberty scores a predicted 314 points to runner-up Pullman’s 180.
That total would blow away the meet record total of 235 set by Lake Washington in its winning effort of 2012.