Freshman helps Kamiak  to 2nd place finish at state | Boys swimming

All 3 relays qualify for finals at 4A meet
By David Pan | Feb 21, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Vlad Gilszmer finished second in the 500-yard freestyle at the 4A state swimming championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Knights took home a second place team trophy.

Kamiak came home with plenty of medals and hardware from the 4A state swimming and diving championships.

All three of the Knights relays advanced to the finals with the 200 medley squad of Vlad Gilszmer, Walter Limm, Maxwell Fang and Brian Park placing second with a school record and all-American consideration time of 1 minute, 35.01 seconds.

Gilszmer caught the eye of many observers with appearances in the 200 and 500 freestyles. The Kamiak freshman took second place in the 500 freestyle with a school record time of 4:38.61, breaking the previous record which he set during the prelims. He also took seventh in the 200 freestyle.

“He was solid in all the relays,” Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. “He was outstanding.”

Sophomore Fang finished third in the 200 freestyle and was seventh in the 100 butterfly. Limm finished third in the 100 breaststroke and set a school record with his time of 56.93, which also earned all-American consideration.

Freshman Slava Gilszmer was eighth in the 500 freestyle and 13th in the 100 backstroke.

Kamiak’s 400 freestyle relay squad of Fang, Kirby and the Gilszmer brothers was sixth and the 200 freestyle relay team of Limm, Park, Jason Cooper and Alex Kirby placed seventh.

Park took 14th in the 50 freestyle and Kirby finished 10th in the 100 freestyle.

Camas won the team title with 232 points and the Knights finished second with 182. The second place finish is the highest for Kamiak since 2013, when the Knights won the team championship.

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