Michaels sets record as T-birds best Scots

  • By Tony Dondero Enterprise reporter
  • Wednesday, February 4, 2009 1:05pm


Shorewood senior Bryan Michaels broke a 22-year old school record in the 200-yard individual medley as the T-birds won 10 of 12 events to defeat rival Shorecrest, 128-58 Thursday, Jan. 29 at Shoreline Pool.

Michaels set his fourth school record by winning the 200 I.M. in a blistering 1 minute, 56.38 seconds, breaking Scott Tripp’s record of 1:57.1 set in 1987.

“It’s definitely a good swim to have at this point in the season,” Michaels said. “I’m giving my main events (the 200 and 500 freestyle) a rest until districts.”

Michaels also holds school records in the 200 freestyle (1:41.08), the 100 freestyle (46.84) and 500 freestyle (4:34.24).

Michaels also won the100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.49.

He also helped the Thunderbirds 200 and 400 freestyle relays to easy victories although neither relay swam state qualifying times.

“Everything’s going great as a team,” Michaels said. “Everyone’s performing way ahead of what I expected. We’re definitely a contender and we’re trying to win (a state title).”

Shorewood finished the regular season 7-1 in Wesco South dual meets, second behind Kamiak (8-0) and 11-1-1 overall. Shorecrest wrapped up its season 6-2, and 9-3 overall.

Shorewood sophomore Mackey Hopen swam two state qualifying times. He won the 50 freestyle in 22.11 and finished second in the 100 freestyle 49.64.

“I was really happy with my 50 time,” said Hopen, who hopes to contend with Kamiak’s top sprinter for a state title or high place in the event.

Thor Stenfjord, a sophomore, won the 100 backstroke in a state time of 56.10 and the 100 free in a state time of 48.82.

Shorewood junior Marcus Gill swam a state-qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, placing second with a time of 56.46.

Shorewood senior Tim Tan won the 100 butterfly in a state qualifying time of 55.20.

Shorewood’s freshman diver, Eddie Young, cruised to victory with a score of 270.45, which was about nine points off the school record for six dives.

Young is the younger brother of Samantha Young, who won a state dive title for Shorecrest in 2004 and Katrina Young, who placed third at state as a freshman in 2006 for Shorecrest.

Young said he’s focused on perfecting his dives for state and staying consistent. He’s increased the degree of difficulty on his dives to be more competitive at state. Young’s top 11-dive total of 410 points this season has qualified him for All-American consideration.

He is expected to place in the top five at the state meet Feb. 20-22 at the King County Aquatic Center.

Shorecrest’s Ben Wilcox, who became the first Shorecrest boys diver to qualify for state on points at a District 1 dive meet Jan. 24 at Marysville, finished second with 227.6 points. He set an 11-dive school record of 310.8 at the Jan. 24 meet and hopes to finish in the top eight at state.

Shorecrest sophomore Ryan McMahon was the Scots’ lone winner in the meet. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:56.33 and the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 5:00.81.

Shorecrest coach Bill Murray said sophomore Todd Matsunami, who swam district qualifying times in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and freshman Josh Dyck have been pleasant surprises.

“We have a much fuller district lineup by time than I expected,” Murray said.

The Scots’ top swimmer, Kevin McKay, was out sick and did not compete.

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