Capital swimmers drop time in fast Federal Way pool

Contributing writerFebruary 23, 2014 

FEDERAL WAY — After working all season to get to the Class 2A boys state swimming and diving championships, the Capital High School Cougars finally got to see the results of that hard work.

Although no Capital swimmers won state titles Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center, the proof was in the times.

“The kids have dropped substantially all year,” Capital coach Dean Sawhill said. “They come off a district meet with some best times, and then they come into this meet, and every one of them hits their best times.”

Capital junior Phillip Reece clocked 22.98 seconds in his 50-yard freestyle preliminary race Friday. Although he swam a 23.15 on Saturday, it was still his second-fastest time of the season, Sawhill said.

Reece was eighth in the 100 butterfly (55.97).

Capital junior Collin Mattson was 15th in the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes, 22.48 seconds, almost 6 seconds faster than his preliminary time. He clocked 1:54.01 in the 200 free consolation final, improving on Friday’s time of 1:55.91.

“He had a really good meet,” Sawhill said.

The 200 free relay team of Julian Setina, Huatsern Yeager, Reece and Mattson also trimmed a bit off the preliminary time, finishing sixth in 1:35.30.

The 400 free relay team of Reece, Yeager, Gus Brooks and Mattson clocked 3:33.75, good for 13th place.

The Cougars piled up 60 points in the team standings, tying for 16th with Mark Morris.

Steilacoom needed to finish the final race — the 400 free relay — to win its first team title but was disqualified when its leadoff swimmer had a slight shoulder flinch on the block.

That meant Archbishop Murphy, which placed second in the relay, took home the team title with 185 points, while Anacortes was second with 178. Steilacoom (172) settled for a tie for third with Lindbergh.

Senior Benjamin Scott won the 100 butterfly (50.34, All-America consideration) and set a meet record of 51.19 in his 100 backstroke victory.

Sophomore James Scott, Benjamin’s brother, nabbed a title in the 100 breaststroke (59.56). The Scotts also swam on the winning 200 medley relay team (1:39.79).

Elsewhere in 2A, River Ridge senior Logan Field tied for seventh in the 200 free (1:52.40).

In Class 3A, Mercer Island romped to the team title with 337 points. Shelton was 14th with 58, and North Thurston was 17th with 35. Timberline was 30th with 14.

Shelton junior Harrison MacAlevy was fourth in the 50 free (21.58).

In Class 4A, Olympia senior Tim Ward swam 53.53 in the 100 backstroke, breaking Matt Hougan’s 29-year-old school record.

Olympia sophomore Andrew Wright was 15th in the 200 individual medley (2:03.14).

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