Jackson finishes second at Wesco 4A district championships | Boys swimming
Last updated 2/16/2019 at Noon
Kamiak got the best of Jackson, finishing ahead of the Timberwolves at the Wesco 4A boys swimming and diving district championships and also winning the final dual meet to take the league title.
The Knights claimed the district team title with 586 points to finish ahead of Jackson (441.5), Lake Stevens (282.5) and Glacier Peak (248) Thursday, Feb. 7, at Snohomish Aquatic Center.
Jackson’s Justin Limberg won the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.62) and the 100 breaststroke (58.85), in state times. Teammate Tony Kim finished first in the 100 backstroke in a state cut of 54.45. Jackson’s 200 medley team of Kim, Limberg, Pryce Umemoto and Jensen Elsemore won in 1:39.89, a state time.
Jackson’s Alex Georgieve placed second in the 100 backstroke and Bastien Orbigo was second in the 100 breaststroke. Jackson’s 400 freestyle relay squad of Elsemore, Ryan Wang, Umemoto and Limberg placed second.
Kamiak sophomore Vlad Gilszmer finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:43.59) and the 500 freestyle (4:38.78) with state cuts. Twin brother Slava Gilszmer placed second in both races, also with 4A state times. Vlad Gilszmer finished second in the 500 and the Knights brought home a second-place trophy at last year’s state meet.
Fang captured the 100 freestyle in a state cut of 48.55. He also placed third in the 200 freestyle with another state time. Kamiak’s Jonathan Ke won the 100 butterfly in 53.93.
The Knights also took back their record in the 200 freestyle relay. Kamiak previously had the fastest time since 2007 but saw Glacier Peak break the record at last year’s meet.
Alex Kirby, Maxwell Fang, Vlad Gilszmer and Slava Gilszmer reclaimed the district mark in 1:28.12, beating the previous record of 1:28.41.
Kamiak’s 400 freestyle relay team of Brian Park, Vlad Gilszmer, Slava Gilszmer and Fang finished first in 3:13.77, a state cut.
Mount Vernon’s Isaac Smith captured the 50 freestyle (22.00/state cut) and Cascade’s Joseph Hofman finished first in diving (463.80/state cut).
The district meet was scheduled for two days, Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 9, but the second day, when finals were scheduled, was cancelled. Instead timed finals were held on Thursday.
The 4A state boys swimming and diving championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Knights defeat Wolfpack in regular season finale
In a battle between two undefeated teams, Kamiak came out on top over 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.
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. Tony Kim won Jackson’s other event, the 100 backstroke.
“I’m happy with how he’s swimming right now,” Jackson coach Drew Whorley said of Limberg, who placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley at last year’s state meet. “He swims with a lot of heart. He carries a lot of school pride. He’s a great leader for all of our kids. Everybody kind of rallies around him and has a lot of respect for him.”
Jackson’s second-place finishers included Georgiev (200 individual medley), Pryce Umemoto (50 freestyle), Kim (100 butterfly), Braden Thompson (100 backstroke) and Orbigo (100 breaststroke).
“Kamiak is an exceptionally deep and really talented team,” Whorley said. “Today we swam against a team that is better than we are right now.”
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.
The Wolfpack’s younger team members have impressed Whorley throughout the season.
“For their age, they swim with a lot of confidence,” the Jackson coach said. “We’ve had a lot of close meets and we’ve come in ready to swim those and today we swam against a team that is better than we are right now. Having relatively talented freshmen and younger kids, you want them standing behind the blocks believing that they can be successful and that’s what we’ve been working on.”