Knights take back record, win district title | Boys swimming and diving

Kamiak’s 200 free relay squad sets district mark
Feb 13, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Brian Park, seen here during a regular season meet, helped the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a first-place finish at the Wesco 4A boys swimming and diving championships Thursday, Feb. 7, at Snohomish Aquatic Center. The Knights also won the team title.

Kamiak took back its record in the 200-yard freestyle relay and also brought home a first-place trophy at the Wesco 4A boys swimming and diving district championships.

The Knights had previously held the 200 freestyle relay record since 2007 but saw Glacier Peak break the record at last year’s meet.

Alex Kirby, Maxwell Fang, Vlad Gilszmer and Slava Gilszmer reclaimed the district mark with a time of 1 minute. 28.12 seconds, beating the previous record of 1:28.41, on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Snohomish Aquatic Center.

The district meet was scheduled for two days, Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 9, but the second day, when finals were scheduled, was cancelled. Instead timed finals were held on Thursday.

The Knights claimed the team title with 586 points to finish ahead of Jackson (441.5), Lake Stevens (282.5) and Glacier Peak (248).

Kamiak sophomore Vlad Gilszmer finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:43.59) and the 500 freestyle (4:38.78) with state cuts. Twin brother Slava Gilszmer placed second in both races, also with 4A state times. Vlad Gilszmer finished second in the 500 and the Knights brought home a second-place trophy at last year’s state meet.

Fang captured the 100 freestyle in a state cut of 48.55. He also placed third in the 200 freestyle with another state time. Kamiak’s Jonathan Ke won the 100 butterfly in 53.93.

Kamiak’s 400 freestyle relay team of Brian Park, Vlad Gilszmer, Slava Gilszmer and Fang finished first in 3:13.77, a state cut. The 200 medley relay squad of Conor Quinn, Michael Viray, Ke and Park took second.

Other second-place Kamiak finishers included Park (50 freestyle), Lars Lagerkrans (100 butterfly) and Kirby (100 freestyle/state cut),

Jackson’s Justin Limberg won the 200 individual medley (1:56.62) and the 100 breaststroke (58.85), both state times. Teammate Tony Kim finished first in the 100 backstroke in a state cut of 54.45. Mount Vernon’s Isaac Smith captured the 50 freestyle (22.00/state cut) and Cascade’s Joseph Hofman finished first in diving (463.80/state cut). Jackson’s 200 medley team of Kim, Limberg, Pryce Umemoto and Jensen Elsemore won in 1:39.89, a state time.

The 4A state boys swimming and diving championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

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