LAKE STEVENS — Lake Stevens boys swim assistant coach Cliff Chaffee knew Tuesday’s meet with Mariner was going to be close.
He was more right than he could have imagined.
Separated by just four points heading into the final event of the meet — the 400-yard freestyle relay — Lake Stevens and Mariner finished in a tie, a rarity in swimming, giving the Vikings a 96-90 win in the Wesco swim meet.
“We knew it was going to come down to that last race and to have it end in a tie is just amazing,” said Chaffee. “It was flat-out fun.”
With neither team getting more than a few feet ahead throughout the race, Lake Stevens’ Grant Reimers closed on Marcus Satterlee down the stretch. Chaffee said the two tapped the wall at the exact same time and the results flashed on the board as a tie in a time of 3:46.48. The tie meant that the two teams split the 12 points given to first and second place.
Throughout the meet momentum shifted back and forth between the two teams. Mariner’s Nathan Hopkins, Josue Angeles and Alex Titow swept the 500 free, only to be followed by a sweep in the 100 backstroke by Lake Stevens’ AJ Carr, Chase Reid and Taylor Wagner.
“The give-a-damn-meter was very high,” Chaffee said.
At Lake Stevens H.S.
200 medley relay—Mariner (Nathan Hopkins, Marcus Satterlee, Jeremy Pintus, not reported) 1:55.58; 200 freestyle—Nathaniel Goldor (LS) 2:09.96; 200 individual medley—Satterlee (M) 2:21.89; 50 freestyle—Joseph Spath (M) 24.69; Diving—Chase Reid (LS) 178.16; 100 butterfly—Grant Reimers (LS) 1:03.48; 100 freestyle—Pintus (M) 56.01; 500 freestyle—Hopkins (M) 5:32.22; 200 freestyle relay—Mariner (Spath, Sinisha Stankovic, Satterlee, not reported) 1:43.64; 100 backstroke—AJ Carr (LS) 1:03.96; 100 breaststroke—Reimers (LS) 1:07.72; 400 freestyle relay—Tie: Mariner (Hopkins, Pintus, Titow, Satterlee) and Lake Stevens (Carr, Goldor, Jacob Baughman, Reimers) 3:46.48. Records—Mariner 3-3 overall. Lake Stevens 6-3.