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Newport takes team scoring title for first time ever in boys swim and dive | Prep sports news

Newport celebrates its team scoring state title after the 4A state swim and dive meet. - Don Borin, Stop Action Photography
Newport celebrates its team scoring state title after the 4A state swim and dive meet.
— image credit: Don Borin, Stop Action Photography

Newport won its first ever team scoring state championship at the 4A state meet Saturday at King County Aquatic Center, finishing in front of Issaquah with an effort that included a handful of top-five finishes.

The Knights picked up their best result of the finals with a runner-up finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay, just behind Kentridge.

Sophomores Dave Makhervaks, Will Dittig and Aaron Elhajj, along with junior Andrew Pana, finished in three minutes, 13.63 seconds in the finals to claim second place.

Elhajj swam 4:37.07 in the finals of the 500 freestyle, also good for a second place finish.

Dittig was joined by senior James Campbell, Jay Zhang and Makhervaks in the 200 medley relay, as Newport finished sixth in the finals in 1:38.52. Campbell, George Done, Elhajj and Pana were fourth in the 200 medley relay in 1:29.12.

Elhajj and Pana finished third and fourth respective in the 200 freestyle for the Knights, while Campbell was third in the B Final of the 200 individual medley and first in the B Final of the 100 breaststroke.

Pana also picked up a fifth place finish in the 100 freestyle, with Dittig tied for fifth fifth in the B Final. Dittig also swam to a seventh place finish in the 100 backstroke in 53.15.

Junior Oey Chang earned a 361.35 in the finals of the diving competition, good enough for sixth place, after scoring 264.75 in the preliminary round.

Makhervaks finished fourth in the 100 backstroke in 52.50, and was second in the B Final of the 100 butterfly as well.

Bellevue boys second behind McCarthy, relay

Bellevue with the second place 3A team scoring trophy. JOE LIVARCHIK, MERCER ISLAND REPORTER

Bellevue finished second in the team scoring in Class 3A behind rival Mercer Island, and picked up relay and individual titles in the process.

Seniors Michael Stanchi, Morgan Ciliv, Todd McCarthy and George French won the state title and set a new meet record in the 200 yard medley relay, finishing in 1:34.09, also an automatic All-American time.

McCarthy also picked up an individual meet record in the 100 butterfly to win the state title, swimming 49.20, an automatic All-American time. His time of 48.64 in the 100 backstroke was also an automatic All-American time and good enough for a state championship, well in front of the field.

French, Sebastian Steen, Marco Stanchi and Daniel Prang were the second place finishers in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing behind Mercer Island in 1:27.76. Prang, Michael Stanchi, Ciliv and McCarthy were second in an All-American consideration time of 3:10.05 in the 400 free relay, where Bellevue was also second behind the Islanders.

Ciliv finished fourth in the 200 individual medley in 1:54.00 and Prang was seventh in the 100 freestyle.

French was sixth in the 50 free, with Prang third in the B Final of the event.

Junior Chase Jones was 11th in the diving competition with a score of 266.80 in the finals.

Marco Stanchi was the winner in the B Final of the 200 freestyle in 1:45.89 and Michael Stanchi took the B Final in the 200 individual medley in 1:55.20 and also won the B Final of the 500 free in 4:42.65. Marco was fifth in the 100 backstroke for Bellevue.

Steen, a freshman, won the B Final of the 100 butterfly in 52.32 and French won the B Final of the 100 free in 48.52.

Interlake's Lorr wins 50 free in school record time

Interlake's Michael Lorr won a 3A state title and set a new school record in the process, swimming an All-American consideration time of 20.90 in the 50 freestyle.

The Saints finished on the podium in the 200 medley relay as well, with Albert Furlong, Alex Lorenz and Tsukasa joining Lorr (Andrew Wang swam for Furlong in the prelims) to swim 1:40.88 and earn sixth place.

Lorenz was second in the B Final of the 100 breaststroke, with Lorr fourth. The Saints' 400 free relay team of Lorr, Nate McDermott, Julius Mutschler and Ito and its 200 free relay team of McDermoot, Mutschler, Eric Yang and Josh Higa, did not advance to the finals.

Interlake was 14th in the team scoring despite only having four swims in the finals.

Totems' Tower second

Sammamish sophomore Jacob Tower was the second place finisher in the 50 freestyle, swimming 21.70 in the finals, and was fifth in the 100 freestyle in 49.23.

The Totems finished second in the B Final of the 200 medley relay in Class 2A, as Evan Berger, Dustin Whiteley, Conrad Karwal and Tower swam 1:47.49.

Karwal was also the sixth place finisher in the 100 butterfly in 54.37 and sixth in the 100 backstroke in 56.25.

Sammamish was 13th in the team scoring, as Archbishop Murphy won its first state title on a late disqualification.

 

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