Knights edge Thunderbirds in Wesco 4A showdown | Boys swimming and diving
Junior Walter Limm and freshman Maxwell Fang each won two events and their teammates also came up big to lead Kamiak to a 95-90 victory over Shorewood in a Wesco 4A dual meet Jan. 17 at Shoreline Pool.
Limm, a state returner, won the 200-yard individual in 2:07.27 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.49, a state cut. Fang finished first in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.36 and the 100 butterfly in a state time of 53.86.
Limm and Fang weren’t the only Knights to shine. Kamiak’s 200 and 400 freestyle squads placed second and third, enabling the team to score valuable points.
Team depth helped lead the Knights to the narrow win, Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. “One of the best things was the relays finishing third. That makes a big difference.”
Limm likely will be competing in the 100 breaststroke at the 4A state meet, an event in which he finished 12th last year.
“He should be in the top 8,” Erickson said.
The Kamiak junior hasn’t settled on a second individual event.
Fang brings versatility to the Knights. He’s fast in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, in addition to the 100 butterfly.
All three Kamiak relays have qualified for state. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out who goes in which relay, Erickson said. Fang will be in two of the relays and Limm will swim the breaststroke in the 200 medley.
Limm and Fang were the lone individual winners for Kamiak. The Knights’ 200 medley relay team of Fang, Limm, Johnathan Ke and Brian Park also took first.
Second place finishers included Eric Song (200 freestyle), Ke (200 individual medley), Park (50 freestyle), Alex Kirby (100 freestyle) and Jared Luong (500 freestyle).
Kamiak’s second place 200 freestyle relay team included Park, Limm, Kirby and Fang and the third place 200 freestyle relay team featured Paul Shkurinskiy, Jason Cooper, Song and Noah Kim.
The Knights’ second place 400 freestyle team consisted of Ke, Kim, Shkurinskiy and Kirby and the third place 400 freestyle team was composed of Song, Cooper, Conor Quinn and Edward Whalen.
Erickson expects some surprised at the upcoming district meet on Feb. 8-11.
“Somebody is going to jump out at districts,” he said. “We have quite a few good younger swimmers. We’ll see who makes the biggest jump.”