By David Krueger Herald Writer
MUKILTEO — The defending 4A state champion Kamiak Knights swim and dive team won the first event, the last event and half of the 10 in between to cruise to the team championship in the 4A Northwest District Meet in its home pool Saturday afternoon.
The district title seemed like a formality for Kamiak, which scored more than twice as many points as the next highest team. The Knights finished with 707 points. The only real drama of the day was to find out who was going to finish second behind Kamiak.
Lake Stevens took that distinction after finishing fourth in the day’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Stanwood placed sixth in the event to give Lake Stevens second place with 319 points, two points ahead of the Spartans.
“Our focus is there,” Kamiak head coach Chris Erickson said.
The title was never really in doubt for the Knights, who were led by juniors Liam Sosinsky and John Stupey. Sosinsky won two individual events and participated in a title-winning relay for Kamiak. He set a school record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 58.66 seconds. It was a record Sosinsky had wanted for a while.
“That was probably my main goal this season,” Sosinsky said.
It’s the second individual school record Sosinsky owns. Last year — once again at the district championship meet — he set the school record in the 100 breaststroke. At the time Sosinsky said it was the “oldest record on the board.” The Kamiak swimmer won that event this year as well by nearly 5 seconds.
Stupey also broke a school record, besting his own mark in the 100 backstroke in 54.29 seconds.
Erickson says it’s the fourth time this year he’s broken the record.
“Liam and John, they know what they’re doing,” Erickson said.
Along with Trent Roberts, Tyler Cheung and Eben Schumann, Stupey won the 200 freestyle in 1:31.46. He received his medal, and then immediately hurried to Lane 3, where he proceeded to win the backstroke event.
Sosinsky said the Knights kind of expected to win the district tournament “because of our depth as a team.” Kamiak consistently had three swimmers finish in the top six, which added up to a lot of points for the home-pool team. This confidence has Kamiak not only looking at doing well today, but also defending its championship at next weekend’s state tournament.
“We definitely want to keep the trophy here at the Kamiak pool,” Sosinsky said. “…Our team has become very confident that we can do it again. But we have some tough competition coming up.”
Erickson said the team uses the district tournament “as a stepping stone to next weekend.”
The only other team to win more than one event was the Cascade Bruins, who finished sixth overall (240 points). Junior AJ Jenkins finished on top in the 200 freestyle (1:47.92) and 100 butterfly (53.20) and Tanner Hoidal won the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.21.
Lake Stevens and Stanwood had no individual or relay champions, but had enough swimmers finish in the top six to amass substantial point totals. Stanwood led the Vikings by two points going into the final event, but the Lake Stevens team of Jacob Baughman, Nathaniel Goldor, AJ Carr and Grant Reimers finished fourth (3:35.11) earning 38 points for the team.
The Spartans took sixth place, and the 34 points that came with it, but the four-point differential swung the Vikings from trailing by two, to ahead by two.
Reimers, who qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke by finishing second behind Sosinsky, impressed Erickson — his former club team coach — with his time of 1:03.17.
“He dropped possibly 10 seconds from the start of the year to make state,” Erickson said. “That is impressive.”
Marysville Pilchuck (270) finished fourth followed by Edmonds-Woodway (249), which was helped by Peter Doolittle’s first-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:58.55). After the Bruins was Snohomish (237) and Jackson (216). Conner McGinnis won the 50-freestyle title for the Timberwolves in 22.36. That race was the closest finish of the day, with McGinnis edging out Cascade’s Hoidal by .18.
Jenkins’ win over Stupey in the 100 butterfly was almost as close as the 50 freestyle was decided by .19.
At Kamiak H.S. Pool
Team scores—1. Kamiak 707; 2. Lake Stevens 319; 3. Stanwood 317; 4. Marysville Pilchuck 270; 5. Edmonds-Woodway 249; 6. Cascade 240; 7. Snohomish 237; 8. Jackson 216; 9. Mariner 215; 10. Monroe 117.
4A State qualifiers
200 medley relay—1. Kamiak (Anthony Grigore, Liam Sosinsky, Kyle Kusuda, John Stupey) 1:42.37, 2. Stanwood (Justin Murrell, Cole Farnsworth, David Escobar, Jacob Land) 1:42.82; 200 freestyle—1. AJ Jenkins (C) 1:47.92, 2. Andrew Winquist (MP) 1:48.38, 3. Tyler Cheung (K) 1:50.72; 200 individual medley—1. Liam Sosinsky (K) 1:58.66; 50 freestyle—1. Conner McGinnis (J) 22.36, 2. Tanner Hoidal (C) 22.54, 3. David Escobar (St) 22.79; Diving—1. Sean Mulvihill (K) 350.55, 2. Chase Reid (LS) 344.00, 3. Derrick Collier (Ma) 279.90; 100 butterfly—1. AJ Jenkins (C) 53.20, 2. John Stupey (K) 53.39, 3. Colin Willis (MP) 55.46; 100 freestyle—1. Tanner Hoidal (C) 49.21, 2. David Escobar (St) 49.93; 500 freestyle—1. Peter Doolittle (E-W) 4:58.55; 200 freestyle relay—1. Kamiak (Trent Roberts, Tyler Cheung, Eben Schumann, John Stupey) 1:31.46, 2. Stanwood (Justin Murrell, Jacob Land, Cole Farnsworth, David Escobar) 1:31.78; 100 backstroke—1. John Stupey (K) 54.29, 2. Conner McGinnis (J) 55.05, 3. Justin Murrell (St) 56.74, 4. Anthony Grigore (K) 57.02; 100 breaststroke—1. Liam Sosinsky (K) 58.75, 2. Grant Reimers (LS) 1:03.17; 400 freestyle relay—1. Kamiak (Trent Roberts, Tyler Cheung, Anthony Grigore, Kyle Kusuda) 3:21.52.