Community sports roundup: Local swimmers shine in college

Rice’s Nicole Limberg and Alabama’s Matthew King recently turned in standout performances.

One of the college sports that’s currently able to compete in some parts of the country during the coronavirus pandemic is swimming, and Snohomish County products Nicole Limberg and Matt King have made the most of it.

Limberg, a graduate of Jackson High School who is now a senior on the Rice women’s swim team, went out with a splash in her final home meet when the Owls hosted Tulane on Nov. 20-21. Limberg competed in 10 of the 21 events held over three sessions, finishing first in three of those events. Limberg won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1 minute, 3.98 seconds, then also swam the breaststroke leg in two victorious relays as Rice won the 400 medley relay (3:44.52) and the 200 medley relay (1:43.66). The 400 medley relay team broke the pool record.

Meanwhile King, a Glacier Peak High School graduate who’s now a freshman on Alabama’s men’s swim team, won the first ever collegiate race he competed in, placing first in the 50 freestyle in the Crimson Tide’s dual meet at LSU on Nov. 6. King won the race in a time of 20.01. He also anchored Alabama’s winning 400 freestyle relay team (2:58.35).

Silvertips’ Wolf named to preliminary U.S. squad

Everett Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf was one of 29 players named to USA Hockey’s preliminary roster for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Wolf, a 19-year-old California native who now resides in Lake Stevens, was named both the WHL and Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Year for 2019-20 after he went 34-10-2-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and nine shutouts for the Tips.

Just three goaltenders were named to the preliminary roster, and teams can carry three goalies, meaning Wolf is a virtual lock to make the team for the second straight year. Last year Wolf won his only start at World Juniors as he served primarily as Spencer Knight’s backup. Knight is also on the preliminary roster.

Merchants to play in Midnight Sun Game

The Everett Merchants missed out on their chance to play in Alaska this past season because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Merchants will give it another go in 2021. The summer collegiate baseball team announced it will take part in the 116th annual Midnight Sun Game on June 21 in Fairbanks, Alaska, when it faces the Alaska Goldpanners in a contest that spans midnight. The Merchants were set to play in the 2020 edition, which ended up being canceled because of the pandemic. In total the Merchants will play six games in Alaska from June 20-25.

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