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By David Pan 

Knights defeat Timberwolves to claim Wesco South title | Boys swimming

 

January 30, 2019



In a battle between two undefeated teams, Kamiak came out on top over archrival Jackson to claim the Wesco South boys swimming championship.

The Knights won five out of the eight individual events and swept all three of the relays to win 107-63 in the final regular season meet for both teams Thursday, Jan. 24, at West Coast Aquatics Pool in Mill Creek.

“We’re a very deep team this year,” Kamiak coach Chris Erickson said. “They had to step up and they did a nice job.”

Individual winners for the Knights (9-0 in the league, 12-0 overall) included Slava Gilszmer (200-yard freestyle), Brian Park (50 freestyle), Jonathan Ke (100 butterfly), Maxwell Fang (100 freestyle) and Michael Viray (500 freestyle). The 200 medley relay team consisted of Vlad Gilszmer, who also finished second in the 100 freestyle, Viray, Fang and Park. The 200 freestyle relay squad included Vlad Gilszmer, Edward Whalen, Alex Kirby and Slava Gilszmer and the 400 freestyle relay team was composed of Fang, Whalen, Noah Kim and Slava Gilszmer.

Erickson was impressed by Fang’s time of 47.74 in the 100 freestyle.

“Max’s 100 free was his best high school swim of the season,” Erickson said. “He’s been solid all the time. That was one of his better ones.”

Fang finished third in the 200 freestyle and seventh in the 100 butterfly at last year’s state meet.

The Gilszmer twins look to be in good shape as the postseason kicks off. Slava Gilszmer had the biggest challenge of the meet with the 200 freestyle followed by the 50 freestyle.

Vlad Gilszmer heads into the postseason as one of the favorites in the 500 freestyle. He finished second in the 500 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle at last year’s state championships. Slava Gilszmer placed eighth in the 500 freestyle.

“I think they’re situated well,” Erickson said. “I think they’re going to do quite well. I think they’re ready to rest and go fast.”

Vlad Gilszmer said that the Knights finished the regular season strong.

“We’re happy with our swims today and how we performed for our last meet of the season,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of people that are going their best times now. We’re looking forward to districts. I feel excited for my teammates because they were dropping a lot of times. They’re going to go fast a districts this year.”

Jackson’s Justin Limberg won the 200 individual medley by almost eight seconds over teammate Alex Georgiev and also captured the 100 breaststroke by more than five seconds over teammate Bastien Orbigo. Jackson’s Tony Kim finished first in the 100 backstroke.

“Kamiak is an exceptionally deep and really talented team,” Wolfpack coach Drew Whorley said. “Today we swam against a team that is better than we are right now.”

Erickson is looking forward to the district meet, where he’s hoping some other Knights will continue to make progress. Park (50 freestyle), Kirby (100 freestyle), Viray (500 freestyle) all advanced to the consolation finals of their respective events at the 2018 state championships.

“Hopefully, we’ll see some of them have some nice big drops,” he said.

The 4A District swim and dive meet is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7, 9 at Snohomish Aquatic Center. The state championships are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

 

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