Here are just a few of the many local swimmers, divers and teams to watch during the boys state swim and dive championships Friday and Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way:
LOCAL SWIMMERS TO WATCH
Vlad Gilszmer, soph., Kamiak. Gilszmer is the top seed in the Class 4A 500-yard freestyle, sitting 5.3 seconds ahead of his twin brother, Slava, the No. 2 seed. Vlad also is tied for the No. 2 seed in the 200 freestyle. As a freshman last year, he placed second in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle.
Slava Gilszmer, soph., Kamiak. Gilszmer is seeded second in the 4A 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle. As a freshman last season, he placed eighth in the 500 freestyle and 13th in the 100 backstroke.
Maxwell Fang, jr., Kamiak. Fang is seeded fifth in the 4A 100 freestyle and sixth in the 200 freestyle. In his past two state meets, he’s earned a pair of top-five medals in the 200 freestyle and a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100 butterfly.
Justin Limberg, jr., Jackson. Limberg is seeded fourth in the 4A 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley. In each of his previous two state meets, he’s earned a pair of top-10 finishes in both races, including a fourth-place medal in the 100 breaststroke last year.
Aric Prieve, sr., Shorecrest. Prieve is seeded fourth in the 3A 100 freestyle and sixth in the 100 backstroke. Over the course of his previous three state appearances, he’s competed in four different individual events and earned a pair of medals, placing seventh in last year’s 3A 200 IM and fifth in the 2A 100 backstroke as a freshman.
LOCAL DIVERS TO WATCH
Isaac Poole, jr., Shorewood. Poole is the No. 2 seed in the 3A diving competition after nearly setting a district meet record last week with a 498.35-point performance. He was the state runner-up last year and placed 10th in state as a freshman.
Joseph Hofman, sr., Cascade. Hofman enters the 4A diving competition as the No. 3 seed. The third-year diver was the state runner-up last season and placed seventh in state as a sophomore.
Jaden Cardona, fr., Lake Stevens. Cardona is the No. 5 seed in a talent-laden 4A diving field.
LOCAL TEAMS TO WATCH
Kamiak. Led by the Gilszmer twins and Fang, the Knights and their slew of talented freestylers are among the favorites to contend for the 4A team title. Kamiak is the top seed in the 400 freestyle relay by more than 2.5 seconds, as well as the No. 3 seed in the 200 freestyle relay and the No. 6 seed in the 200 medley relay. The Gilszmer twins and Fang each are top-six seeds in a pair of freestyle races, and senior Alex Kirby is another two-event individual qualifier. The two-time defending 4A Northwest District champion Knights, who qualified seven individuals for the state meet, have claimed seven top-three team trophies at state over the past 11 seasons.
Edmonds-Woodway. The 3A Northwest District champion Warriors are sending all three relay teams to the state meet, including their fifth-seeded 200 medley relay squad. Led by senior Daniel Eno and junior Yuteng Wang, Edmonds-Woodway qualified seven individuals, including five in multiple events.
Shorecrest. The Scots are sending two relay teams, including their seventh-seeded 400 freestyle relay squad. Prieve and senior Spencer Thurman are among the five Shorecrest swimmers who qualified for state in two events apiece.
Jackson. The Timberwolves are sending all three relay teams, including their eighth-seeded 200 medley relay squad. Limberg leads the five Jackson individuals who qualified for the state meet.