Glacier Peak sophomore claims 2 championships in 4A meet debut | Boys swimming

King takes 1st place in 50, 100 freestyles in impressive fashion
By David Pan | Mar 02, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Matthew King finished first in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the 4A state swimming championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

A year ago, Glacier Peak’s Matthew King was looking at the times of some of the results from the state swimming meet and came to a realization.

“I was like ‘Wait. I can win this thing,” King said. “Maybe I should try that out.”
So the Grizzly sophomore decided to join his high school swim team. A year later, King walked away with a pair of state titles at the 4A championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

King took first in the 50-yard freestyle in automatic All-American time of 20.54 seconds and the 100 freestyle in an All-American consideration time of 45.74.

“It feels good. It’s something I’ve never experienced before,” King said of winning his first state titles. “It’s pretty nice.”

In a race where the margin of difference often is measured in tenths of a second, King finished .74 seconds ahead of runner-up Zach Washburn of Moses Lake in the 50 freestyle. The Glacier Peak sophomore actually placed ahead of runner-up Kyle Millis of Issaquah in the 100 freestyle by only .41 seconds.

“The 100 probably could have been a little bit better,” King said. “But my 50 I got a best time. I really think I did a good job on that 50.

“I wasn’t really totally tapered or anything. I think I did a lot better than I expected. That was really nice and surprising.”

King also swam the anchor legs on the 200 freestyle relay team (Zach Cermak, Andrew Meneses and Jack Renschler) that took fourth place and the 400 freestyle relay squad (Cermak, Menses and Calvin Kremer) that placed 11th. Cermak also finished 15th in the 100 butterfly.

WILDCATS MEDAL: Archbishop Murphy’s Ryan Price finished third in the 200 individual medley at the 2A state swimming championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Price also took sixth in the 500 freestyle.

Teammate William Walters Williams finished fourth in the 100 backstroke and placed seventh in the 100 freestyle.

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