Although undergoing a rough baptism of fire, Aberdeen’s young swimmers struck a few sparks of their own in their first dual meet.
Talented, deep Capital won the first seven swimming events en route to a 111-65 victory over the Bobcats in a non-league boys meet Wednesday at the YMCA of Grays Harbor.
The team champions of last week’s Aberdeen Relays, the Cougars had far too much first-place punch and depth yesterday. The West Olympia squad had 27 entrants in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyles.
Bobcat coach Rebecca Rowe, whose team suffered extensive graduation losses from last season, saw progress from the relay performance.
“I definitely think they have more work to do (but) a lot of the guys did really well,” Rowe said. “I had a lot of swimmers in back-to-back events.”
One of those, freshman Dustin Young, provided two of the Bobcat highlights.
Young anchored Aberdeen’s first victory of the meet, in the 200-yard freestyle relay. He joined with Robby Lewis, Seth Caba and Keegan Shippey for a winning time of 1:44.39, more than three seconds ahead of the top Capital foursome.
Immediately returning to the pool for the 100-yard backstroke, Young delivered a strong finishing kick in taking a tight three-way race in 1:07.48.
Aberdeen’s other victory came in diving, where junior Levi Rose was the lone competitor.
Rose swam a career-best 1:02.62 in the ensuing 100-yard butterfly, but ran into a state-qualifying performance by Capital’s Phillip Reece. The latter blazed home in 58.48.
Sophomore John Jugum, the lowest AHS seed in that event, was a strong second to Capital’s Julian Setina in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Rowe also cited the performances of Omar Martinez, Sam Wagner and Kyle Hurd. She noted general improvement in the butterfly and breaststroke (where the Cats finished 2-3-4).
This was one of only three home meets for the Bobcats, who operate as an independent in the absence of a Southwest Washington Class 2A league. They’ll also stage the varsity-alumni meet on Dec. 21 and host River Ridge on Jan. 22.
Next up is the Mark Morris Pentathlon on Saturday at Longview.
200 medley relay — 1:54.88 — Capital (Young, Setina, Reece, Knutzen), Aberdeen, Capital. 200 free — 2:00.22 — Mattson (C), Coury (C), Lewis (A), McElliott (A), Knutzen (C). 200 IM — Jones (C), Anderson (C), Setina (C), Jugum (A), Paris (A). 50 free — 23.12 — Reece (C), Young (A), Cruz (C), Brooks (C), Caba (A). Diving — 119.45 — Rose (A).
100 fly — Reece (C), Rose (A), Young (C), Martinez (A), Anderson (C). 100 free — 58.17 — Brooks (C), Knutzen (C), Cruz (C), Shippey (A), Ball (A). 500 free — 5:41.83 — Mattson (C), Coury (C), Lang (A), Smith (A), Orwig (C). 200 free relay — 1:44.39 — Aberdeen (Lewis, Caba, Shippey, Young), Capital, Capital. 100 back — 1:07.48 — Young (A), Young (C), Jones (C), Martinez (A), Stoken (A). 100 breast — 3:46.22 — Setina (C), Jugum (A), Lewis (A), McElliott (A), Rousch (C). 400 free relay — 3:46.22 — Capital (Knutzen, Mattson, Reece, Brooks), Capital, Aberdeen.