Knights boosted by depth, returning talent | Boys swimming

Kamiak hoping to qualify all three of its relays to state
By David Pan | Dec 27, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Brian Park swims the backstroke during a meet against Mariner Thursday, Dec. 7, at Kamiak High School.

The Kamiak boys swim team has started out the 2017-18 season with strong individual and relay performances.

Two of the Knights’ relays – 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle – already have qualified for state and it’s probably just a matter of time for the third – 400 freestyle.

“Some teams will have just two relays,” Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. “They don’t have enough depth to do the third. We’re looking like we’re going to have enough depth. Right now, we’ve got, I think, eight guys that have gone 22 (seconds) or better (in the 50 freestyle) and there have been years where I’ve had no one go 22.”

Sophomore Max Fang, who was the only freshman to advance to the 200 freestyle finals at last season’s 4A state championships, produced state cuts in the 50 and 100 freestyles and the 100 butterfly in his first meet of the season.

“The 200 free is one of his best events,” Erickson said. “He can do anything.”

Fang currently has the fastest time in the state in the 50 freestyle (22.03) and 100 freestyle (47.80) and the third fastest 100 butterfly (52.21) among those 4A times that have been submitted. Fang’s teammate, Walter Limm, who finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke at state last year, has the second fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (58.27) and freshman Vlad Gilszmer has the fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:48.53). Brian Park has the second fastest 50 freestyle (22.14). The Knights’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays have posted the second fastest times in the state. All of the fastest times across the state are not necessarily reported.

Limm posted an even faster 100 breaststroke time of 57.88 at a recent club meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“It’s pretty close to my goal, which is to break the Kamiak school record in that event,” said Limm, who noted the record is 57.08.

Another of Limm’s goal is to break through to the finals in the 100 breaststroke. He’s advanced to the consolation finals every year since his freshman season.

“I’m looking for top 8 obviously and hopefully top 5,” Limm said. “It’s been pretty frustrating the last few years because I’ve just missed the top 8 finals.”

The Knights have one of their strongest teams in recent years and Limm expects the 200 medley to be especially fast.

“We have everybody who’s really pretty specialized in each stroke,” Limm said.

The Knights continue to train hard throughout the holiday break and Limm noted the numbers are high for both the regular and “bonus” or optional practices.

“This is actually one of the best years in terms of turnout,” he said. “I’m just impressed by the dedication.”

Kamiak returns to the pool for the Kentridge Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6.

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