Andrew Wright has already left a few marks on Olympia High School. Besides his success in a pool, he’s been its team captain for the past two years and helped it to a 4A academic state championship last year.
But Wright is hoping he’s not done in leaving a legacy, and he wants to add a strong finish to it in Saturday’s boys swimming state championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“Honestly, I want to go out with a bang,” Wright said. “This is my last swim meet ever. I want to go get a school record in the 100 breaststroke and in the 200 (individual medley), hopefully. And I just want to have some fun.”
In Friday’s state preliminaries, Wright advanced to the 4A finals in the 200 IM and helped Olympia send its 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams there, too.
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Wright just missed finishing in the top eight in the 100 breaststroke, finishing 12th with a time of 1 minute, 00.71 seconds — which was just off the school record of 1:00.29 set in 1984.
Olympia’s 400 freestyle relay placed 12th in 3:21.84, just missing the finals cut.
Wright will still get a chance Saturday in the 100 breaststroke to break that record, even if it won’t be in the finals.
Not that Wright needs it.
“His legacy is already labeled,” said Olympia coach Mel Smith. “The whip cream and cherry on top will be breaking those medley relay records and the 200 IM and breaststroke.”
Wright finished in 1:57.60 to take eighth in the 200 IM. Olympia’s school record is 1:56.30, set in 1975.
Olympia’s 200 medley relay team took fourth in 1:40.06, and its 200 freestyle relay team finished in eighth in 1:30.48, just qualifying.
Wright said he didn’t feel like it he was swimming his best.
“There’s definitely some things I can fine-tune for tomorrow,” Wright said.
He said the key for Olympia has been staying loose before races.
One of his teammates was playing music from his laptop before their relay event.
“I think we just have a lot of fun with it,” Wright said. “We joke around before our races. I get nervious sometimes, but the guys keep me in check, and we have fun with it.”
Shelton dove right into the finals.
The Highclimbers’ dynamic diving trio of Jon Netzel, Troy Kumpols and Zach Netzel all placed in the top seven in the 3A state diving preliminaries ahead of Saturday’s finals.
Jon Netzel was second with a score of 295.2, behind first-place Connor May of Glacier Peak (330.85). Sumner’s Rafael Rodriguez was in third at 281.9, Kumpols was sixth at 253.7, and Netzel was seventh at 228.15.
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