Aberdeen rolls past River Ridge, 119-46, in boys swimming


Hosting its first dual meet of the season, Aberdeen’s depth was on display against a smaller River Ridge squad at the YMCA of Grays Harbor pool on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bobcats came away with wins in all but one event, with senior Joseph Bowley reaching two state-meet qualifying marks, in a 119-46 victory over the Hawks.

Bowley, who owns the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, hit state marks in breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Nine other Aberdeen swimmers hit early district meet qualifying times as well.

“Joseph appears to be on his way to a great season,” AHS head coachy Keith Lile said. “He’s already with two state times and he’s close to his best times from last year.”

Senior Bowley and Colton Sundstrom (200 and 500 freestyle) won two events, with three teammates adding one individual event win to their day — sophomore Levi Rose (100 butterfly), junior Seth Caba (50 free) and senior Dillon Rowe (100 backstroke).

Along with Bowley and Sundstrom, Rowe, Rose, Caba, junior Keegan Shippey, senior Colton Dion, senior Keegan Davison, senior Benji Wolfenberger and senior Brad Farrer hit district meet marks.

“Our newest guys were really looking good (today), most of them were non-swimmers when they started,” Lile said. “I’m pumped that the second-year swimmers have demonstrated big time drops and have showed command of their races this early in the season. This bodes well for not only for this season, but for the future as well.”

Aberdeen swept the three relay events. River Ridge’s Wayne Dixon got his team its only individual win of the day, taking the 100 freestyle.

On Saturday, Aberdeen will travel down to Mark Morris High School in Longview for the Mark Morris Pentathlon.

200 MR — 1:51.58 — Aberdeen (Rowe, Bowley, Rose, Sundstrom), Aberdeen, River Ridge. 200 Free — 1:58.03 — Sundstrom (A), Farrer (A), Davison (A), Johnson Jr. (RR). 200 IM — 2:08.24 — Bowley (A), Rowe (A), Sundberg (RR), Vasser (RR). 50 Free — 26.53 — Caba (A), Dion (A), Campbell (RR), Johnson Jr. (RR). 100 Fly — 1:08.60 — Rose (A), Dion (A), Duran (RR), Vasser (RR). 100 Free — 58.52 — Dixon (RR), Caba (A), Shippey (A), Heard (A). 500 Free — 5:27.64 — Sundstrom (A), Sundberg (RR), Davison (A), J. Smith (A). 200 FR — 1:50.15 — Aberdeen (Davison, Shippey, Martinez, Dion), River Ridge, Aberdeen. 100 Back — 1:04.62 — Rowe (A), Dixon (RR), Martinez (A), Ruder (A). 100 Breast — 1:04.58 — Bowley (A), Duran (RR), Farrer (A), Francom (RR). 400 FR — 3:42.88 — Aberdeen (Sundstrom, Rowe, Farrer, Bowley), Aberdeen, River Ridge.