FEDERAL WAY — Aberdeen’s boys swimming team rode a wave of big performances on Friday afternoon to send one relay team and one individual to today’s final races of the state 2A meet at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
In the final two races of the day for the Bobcats, freshman Dustin Young shook off a false start disqualification in the 50 freestyle to drop more than one second off his personal best time of the season to qualify for the 100 freestyle consolation finals.
Young then joined Aberdeen’s three seniors — Keegan Shippey, Seth Caba and Brandon Grigsby — as the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay and qualified for the consolation finals to finish the day.
Today’s championship and consolation finals will begin at 2:30 p.m. The top-16 placers from Friday’s preliminary races move on to the finals.
“While we only have the two races going on to compete (today), every one of the guys did well.” AHS head coach Rebecca Rowe said. “Each race having a time drop of a second is incredible at any meet, but here after swimming the same races at districts, it is amazing. The guys in the medley started it off well with their swim and the individual swims kept up with 1 second time drops from both Levi and Dustin. The 200 FR made up almost entirely of seniors, decided today wouldn’t be their final swim.”
Young, who swam in two individual and two relay events on the day, found out after his 50 free race that he was credited with a false start DQ — moving on the block before the start — to erase the finish. The veteran swimmer, who’ll swim in the YMCA Northwest Regional championships in Boise, Idaho next weekend in six events, took his frustrations out on the 100 free. Seeded 17th entering the day, Young posted a 51.55 time to place 13th overall.
After watching the 500 freestyle preliminary races, Young joined the senior trio for the 200 free relay. The Bobcats qualified third in the District IV 2A meet in Longview last weekend by edging out River Ridge by .39 of a second and produced four PR legs on Friday.
Aberdeen finished third in its heat, with Young and Grigsby producing the two fastest times of the relay, for a 1:38.06 time and a 12th place finish. Young’s anchor leg time of 23.19 was faster than his disqualified 50 free swim earlier in the meet.
“They deserve that spot in the finals,” Rowe added. “I’m glad for the three seniors in it and it is great that they get to go out with a bang like that.”
Aberdeen’s underclassmen-dominant 200 medley relay — freshman Robbie Lewis and Young bookending sophomore John Jugum and junior Levi Rose — produced four PR legs of the season to finish at 1:54.11 in 21st place.
Rose finished his day in the 100 butterfly. Seeded 19th, Rose finished 19th overall with a PR time of 58.63.