By Alex Bosworth Herald Writer
MUKILTEO — Snohomish’s Bryan Harvey took a break from high school swimming last year to concentrate on competing for his club team year round.
Judging from the way Harvey performed at Saturday’s 4A District 1 boys swimming and diving championships, he’s glad to be back.
Harvey set two meet records Saturday, winning the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 52.48 seconds and the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.05.
Both times were All-America consideration times.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Harvey, who competed only for the StingRay Swim Club last year, a decision he said was motivated in part by wanting to be careful with elbow tendinitis.
“It’s nice to be (back) in that environment.”
His teammates are happy he’s back as well.
Stanford-bound Snohomish star Garren Riechel, who turned in another impressive performance of his own, said Harvey’s two meet records weren’t a surprise.
“Absolutely (I expected it),” Riechel said. “He’s one of the best trainers. … I wouldn’t expect anything less of Bryan. He’s a beast. … I’m certainly happy he choose to swim high school. He’s a great addition to the team.”
Riechel himself posted an All-America consideration time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.30 seconds, and an Automatic All-America time of 57.61 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.
Riechel will have an opportunity to win the 4A state 100 breaststroke for a fourth consecutive year next week at the King Country Aquatic Center in Federal Way, an accomplishment he described as “obviously pretty cool.”
Harvey and Riechel teamed up to help Snohomish place fifth as a team.
Defending 4A state champion Kamiak continued to impress, scoring 612 points to easily beat out Marysville-Pilchuck (394) for the District 1 team title.
Despite graduating five seniors from last year’s state championship squad, Kamiak put together a second-consecutive undefeated regular season this year and appears to be in position to compete for another 4A title.
Kamiak head coach Chris Erickson credited his team’s depth — and its hard work — for its success this year.
“Each team is allowed four (entries) per event,” said Erickson, the 2010 District 1 coach of the year. “We left a more than half-a-dozen kids behind because we didn’t have room for them. … It’s like an avalanche … Success breeds success. Hard working kids rub off and get other kids to work hard. Talent makes you look good. Hard work makes (it fun). This team (might not be) as fast as last year, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Kamiak won one event Saturday — the 400 freestyle relay — but remained competitive and deep in nearly every event.
Marysville-Pilchuck received a first-place finish from Oliver Durand in the 200 freestyle.
Shorewood placed third as a team, thanks in part to Thor Stenfjord, who placed first in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. Stenfjord also led off Shorewood’s 200 medley relay team, which set a meet record with a time of 1:39.27.
As a whole, Wesco lived up to its reputation as the deepest district in the state.
Seven swimmers posted state qualifying times in the 200 IM, and eight swimmers posted state qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke. Last year at state, nine out of 12 events were won by swimmers from Wesco schools.
“Some of the events are ridiculously fast this year,” Snohomish head coach Rob Serviss said. “… I can’t really explain it. There’s a lot of talent in this area. … It’s a good indication that Wesco will be well-represented at state this year.”
At Kamiak Pool
Team scores—Kamiak 612, Marysville-Pilchuck 394, Shorewood 344, Oak Harbor 288, Snohomish 263, Stanwood 248.5, Lake Stevens 222, Cascade 161.5, Jackson 157, Edmonds-Woodway 148, Mountlake Terrace 75, Mariner 32.
200 medley relay—Shorewood (Thor Stenfjord, Mackey Hopen, Marcus Gill, Colin Bell) 1:39.27(z), Lake Stevens (Blake Werner, Tom Hale, Scott Jerde, Kyle Libra) 1:41.44; Marysville-Pilchuck (Oliver Durand, Connor Hemmingway, Josh Estella, Brandon Caldwell) 1:41.59; Snohomish (Bryan Harvey, Garren Riechel, Tyler Kutsch, Daniel Pedack) 1:41.76; Kamiak (Chris Choi, Liam Sosinsky, Nick Langenegger, Kris Bratvold) 1:42.35; Oak Harbor (Jacob Jepsen, Yale Rosen, Brandon Vagt, Matt Bolte) 1:42.74.
200 freestyle—Oliver Durand (M-P) 1:44.7; Tyler Cheung (Kamiak) 1:49.08; Justin Murrell (Stanwood) 1:52.10.
200 individual medley—Thor Stenfjord (Shorewood) 1:57.75; Matt Roe (Stanwood) 1:59.47; Spencer Girard (M-P) 2:00.61; Chris Choi (Kamiak) 2.00.77; Nick Win (Jackson) 2:01.41; Price Hu (Oak Harbor) 2:04.17; Jacob Jepsen (Oak Harbor) 2:04.84.
50 freestyle—Garren Riechel (Snohomish) 21.3(y), Mackey Hopen (Shorewood) 21.55; Kris Bratvold (Kamiak) 22.4; Brandon Caldwell (M-P) 22.65; Yale Rosen (Oak Harbor) 22.64.
Diving—Eddie Young (Shorewood) 469.75; Zach Russell (M-P) 381.95; Mitchell Wright (Kamiak) 371.8; Matt Johnson (Kamiak) 347.69; Michael Kilpatrick (Snohomish) 335.5; Scott Wanner (Kamiak) 324.8.
100 butterfly—Bryan Harvey (Snohomish) 51.05(y, z); Scott Jerde (Lake Stevens) 53.09; Marcus Gill (Shorewood) 54.38; Price Hu (Oak Harbor) 54.51.
100 freestyle—Thor Stenfjord (Shorewood) 48.58; Trent Roberts (Kamiak) 49.99; Blake Werner (Lake Stevens) 50.39.
500 freestyle—Matt Roe (Stanwood) 4:43.13; Oliver Durand (M-P) 4:50.15; Tyler Cheung (Kamiak) 5:04.03.
200 freestyle relay— Shorewood (Thor Stenfjord, Marcus Gill, Leif Danielsen, Mackey Hopen) 1:29.33; Lake Stevens (Blake Werner, Tom Hale, Scott Jerde, Kyle Libra) 1:30.72; Kamiak (Brian Burns, Trent Roberts. Tyler Cheung, Kris Bratvold) 1:31.85; Marysville-Pilchuck (Brandon Caldwell, Jason Pusateri, Spencer Girard, Oliver Durand) 1:32.41.
100 backstroke—Bryan Harvey (Snohomish) 52.48(y, z); Nick Win (Jackson) 55.18; Marcus Gill (Shorewood) 56.01.
100 breaststroke—Garren Riechel (Snohomish) 57.61(x), Mackey Hopen (Shorewood) 59.48, Liam Sosinsky (Kamiak)1:00.53, Chris Choi (Kamiak) 1:00.53; Bramon Yotty (Cascade) 1:02.84; Brandon Caldwell (M-P) 1:03.19; Yale Rosen (Oak Harbor) 1:03.04; Connor Hemming (M-P) 1:03.45.
400 freestyle relay— Kamiak (Chris Choi, Trent Roberts, Tyler Cheungm Brian Burns) 3:20.34; Lake Stevens (Blake Werner, Tom Hale, Scott Jerde, Kyle Libra) 3:21.0; Snohomish (Bryan Harvey, Tyler Kutsch, Daniel Pedack, Garren Riechel) 3:24.78.
x- Automatic All-America time
y-All-America consideration time