Newport wins relay, second at KingCo swim and dive meet, Bellevue's McCarthy takes title | Prep sports news

Newport finished second at the KingCo Swim and Dive Championships Feb. 1 at the University of Washington, led by a win in the 200 yard free relay.

Andrew Pana, Dave Markhervaks, James Campbell and Will Dittig swam a time of one minute, 29.95 seconds to finish just in front of Mercer Island and give the Knights their lone win on the day.

Markhervaks was third in the 200 individual medley for Newport, with Dittig and Aaron Elhajj also in the A final of the event. Dittig also finished third in the 100 free, with Elhajj second in the 100 backstroke, just tenths of a second behind the winner from Issaquah.

Oey Chang was third in the diving competition with a score of 376.75 in the finals. Campbell finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Bellevue's McCarthy takes title

Bellevue junior Todd McCarthy won the 500 free in 4:45.25, an automatic state qualifying time, and helped the Wolverines to a third place finish in the 200 medley relay.

He also finished second in the 50 free in 22.25, also in a state qualifying time.

The Wolverines were third in the team scoring, behind champion Mercer Island and the Knights.

Bellevue and Interlake swimmers will be at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island for the Sea-King swim and dive meet Feb. 14 and 15, with a final chance to qualify for state.

The prelims for the swim competition begins today at 4:30 p.m., with the finals slated for 5:30 Saturday. The dive meet takes place at Juanita High School at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Sammamish qualifiers to the 2A bi-district meet will swim for state spots at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes Feb. 14 and 15, with competitors from District 1.

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