Aberdeen lands 4 individual finals berths; 2 teams notch relay berths

FEDERAL WAY — Aberdeen will be well represented in this morning’s state 2A boys swimming championship finals at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

At Friday morning’s preliminaries, the Bobcats secured four individual championship final berths, two relay championship final berths and two individual consolation final berths for this morning’s finals.

The finals begin at 10 o’clock today.

Aberdeen seniors Joseph Bowley and Colton Sundstrom will each swim in two individual championship finals, while the duo will join teammates in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay finals.

“Between the relays and the individual results, I’m pretty happy with how we’re doing,” AHS head coach Keith Lile said. “If these guys can stay focused and get some good rest, they will just need to be aggressive to move up in their events. They need to go after it. There’s nothing left to do but to go out and swim as hard and as smart as they can. From there, we’ll take what we get.”

Sundstrom started his day, along with Bowley, Dillon Rowe and Keegan Davison, in the 200 medley relay, finishing fourth overall. The Bobcat relay was seeded fourth going into the event and finished at 1:45.62.

Sundstrom improved his seventh overall seeding in the 200 freestyle with a sixth-place overall finish to earn a finals berth at 1:52.68, a career PR. Bowley also hit a career PR in the 200 individual medley by taking second overall at 2:04.33.

Bowley rounded out his individual swims in the 100 breaststroke, finishing second again at 1:02.16. Brad Farrer will swim in the 100 breast consolation final after finishing 13th at 1:08.96.

Sundstrom finished his individual swims in the 100 freestyle, taking fifth in a very fast preliminary day in the event at 49.64, also a career PR. In the 100 free finals, seven of the eight championship finalists went under 50 seconds to qualify.

Dillon Rowe, who came in as a wild-card entry in the 100 backstroke and the 50 free, improved his seeding by qualifying 12th overall in each event to gain consolation final berths. Rowe was seeded 21st in the 50 free and 20th in the 100 back before the day started.

Rowe, along with Bowley, Sundstrom and Farrer, capped the day by finishing fourth overall in the 400 free relay at 3:27.49.

The only bump in the water for the Bobcats came in the 200 freestyle relay. The Aberdeen team of Davison, Farrer, Colton Dion and Levi Rose were disqualified for a false start move — a “flinch” on the starting blocks — that took them out of the event. By time, the team finished 13th overall, good enough for a consolation finals berth.

“Two of our relays posted their best times of the season in the 200 medley and the 200 free,” Lile said. “Our 400 free relay is right where it is at all season. We’re looking strong in those relays. Colton should be in two great races and he’s swimming really well right now. Joseph is swimming where he should be, so we’re hoping to see him swim equal or better than his PRs. If he does, he’ll finish in the top three, with a chance to break out and win one of those races.”

Coach Lile also cited Rowe for his two individual swims and his lead-off swim in the 400 free relay — all three were career PRs to move on to today’s races.

State 2A boys swimming preliminaries

At King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way

Friday’s Results

(Aberdeen results only)

(Top-eight finishes to championship finals; 9-16th place to consolation finals)

200 Medley Relay — 4. Aberdeen (Keegan Davison, Dillon Rowe, Joseph Bowley, Colton Sundstrom), 1:45.62. 200 Free — 6. Colton Sundstrom, 1:52.68. 200 IM — 2. Joseph Bowley, 2:04.33. 50 Free — 12. Dillon Rowe, 23.38. 100 Free — 5. Colton Sundstrom, 49.64. 200 Free Relay — Aberdeen (Keegan Davison, Brad Farrer, Colton Dion, Keegan Shippey), DQ. 100 Back — 12. Dillon Rowe, 1:00.44. 100 Breast — 2. Joseph Bowley, 1:02.16. 13. Brad Farrer, 1:08.96. 400 Free Relay — 4. Aberdeen (Dillon Rowe, Brad Farrer, Colton Sundstrom, Joseph Bowley), 3:27.49.