* STATE BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Friday and Saturday, King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way
Schedule: Friday – 2A preliminaries are from 9:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.; 3A preliminaries are from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.; 4A preliminaries are from 6:15 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Saturday – 2A finals start at 10 a.m.; 3A finals start at 2:30 p.m.; and 4A finals start at 6:30 p.m.
2012 team champions: 4A – Stadium. 3A – Lakeside of Seattle. 2A – Sehome.
The skinny: Very rarely does a swimmer of Eastlake High junior Edward Kim’s caliber come along. And for a third consecutive season, he will try and take home a pair of Class 4A individual titles – this time in the 100-yard butterfly (top-seeded time of 50.36 seconds) and 50 free (21.18). As a sophomore, he came within a whisker of setting the state record in the 100 backstroke (he went 48.84 to win the 4A finals; Wilson’s Evan Martinec has the mark at 48.59, set in 2000). Kim did qualify for last summer’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Before Stadium won the 4A title last season, schools from the Sea-King and Wesco Districts had a six-year winning streak. A new one might start this weekend with Kamiak, the 2009 and 2011 4A winner, which comes into the state meet with top marks in four events. Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz won’t be defending either 4A title in the 50 free or 100 butterfly, instead opting to try for wins in the 100 and 200 free. His top mark in the 100 free (46.83) is a whole second faster than the field. … The top senior swimmer in the state is in 3A with Kennedy Catholic’s Thane Maudslien, who is seeking a fourth consecutive 100 butterfly crown. Like Kim, he was also at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. … A pair of 3A meet records might be in jeopardy – in the 200 Individual Medley (Kennedy’s Tommy Thach is at 1:51.82; record is 1:50.26, set by Lakeside’s Owen Wurzbacher in 2009) and 1-meter diving (Shorecrest’s Aaron Moss is at 513.85 points; record is 530.53, set by Bellevue’s Jonathan Wilcox in 2004). Mercer Island had its run of six consecutive 3A titles (2006-11) interrupted last season by Lakeside. But the Islanders won the Sea-King District last weekend, with Lakeside placing third. … 2A was made a separate tournament in 2009 – and Sehome has won all four of the state meets. The Mariners’ bid for a five-peat will likely get a big challenge from Archbishop Murphy and its Barnard siblings. Alec Barnard has the No. 1 times in the 50 free and 100 butterfly while brother, Austin Barnard, is tops in the 500 free and No. 2 in the 200 free. Sehome did beat the Wildcats head-to-head last week in claiming its ninth consecutive district title at Anacortes High School. Steilacoom’s Benjamin Scott holds the top mark in the 100 free (49.17) and is No. 2 in the 100 backstroke (54.52).
Tickets: Daily passes are $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Weekend passes are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.