Prep boys swimming: Five to watch

  • Mon Nov 29th, 2010 6:05pm
  • Sports

Bryan Harvey

Snohomish senior

“Bryan is an extremely talented young man, and he loves to race,” Snohomish head coach Rob Serviss says of his senior swimmer. Harvey was the state champion in the 100-yard butterfly and placed second in the 100 backstroke at last season’s state tournament, earning All-American status in both events. This season, Serviss says he has his goal on the state record for the 100 butterfly and is working hard to get it. “He trains hard, and he does a great job of leading by example in practice,” Serviss says. “I have the utmost confidence that he’ll reach his goals this season.”

Thor Stenfjord

Shorewood senior

Stenfjord was a state champion in the 100 freestyle in 2010, an event his coach entered him in on a whim. “He actually isn’t a 100 freestyler,” Scott Kelley, Shorewood’s head coach said, “But I put him in that event and it happened to work out.” It probably wouldn’t have mattered what event he swam in, since Stenfjord also finished second in the 200 individual medley for the Thunderbirds, who took home the 4A state title last season. “Last year he qualified for state in every event, which is something I’ve never had a swimmer do before,” Kelley said. Shorewood will not have a chance to defend that title, as it moves to 3A this season, but Stenfjord, along with fellow senior co-captain Mackey Hopen, will help the Thunderbirds make a splash at the 3A meet.

Alec Barnard

A. Murphy sophomore

In his first year of high school swimming and the second year of Archbishop Murphy’s swimming program, Barnard was a state champion in the 200 freestyle and placed third in the 100 butterfly, leading Murphy to a sixth-place team finish at the 2A state meet. Barnard also swam on two Wildcat relay teams that both finished in fifth place, the 400 yard freestyle and the 200 yard medley. “We knew he was good, I just didn’t know he was going to be that good,” Murphy head coach Mike McCloskey said. “He’s just unreal.” In his championship run, he beat the defending state champion by over four seconds. “There’s really nobody else like Alec on our team,” McCloskey said.

Matt Roe

Stanwood senior

Roe had the highest finish for a Stanwood Spartan at the 2010 state meet, placing third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 36.76 seconds, 3 seconds faster than the cutoff for All-American consideration. He also swam on two Spartan relay teams, the 400 freestyle, which took seventh place, and the 200 medley relay, in which Stanwood finished 16th. The Spartan was a member of the All-Wesco North team in 2009 in the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley events. As a senior, Roe will help the Spartans try to improve from their 15th-place finish at the 4A meet last year.

Liam Sosinsky

Kamiak sophomore

Sosinsky was the only freshman to finish in the top five in an individual event at the 4A state meet, placing fifth in the 100 breaststroke. “He’ll probably get a school record at Kamiak,” the Knights head coach Chris Erickson said. Erickson compared him to former Wesco standout Garren Riechel of Snohomish, saying Erickson could potentially match what Riechel has accomplished. “Only time will tell, but he’s certainly as dedicated as Garren.” As a freshman, Sosinsky was a strong swimmer on a deep Kamiak squad, and made an immediate impact for the Knights. “For a freshman, that’s pretty rare,” Erickson said.