Jackson’s Limberg, Balmer win medals | State swimming and wrestling

Mar 04, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Justin Limberg finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 4A state boys swimming and diving championships.

Justin Limberg came up an eye blink short of winning his first state title.

Instead the Jackson junior walked away with a second-place medal in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 4A swimming and diving championships Saturday, Feb. 16, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Limberg came into the finals as the top seed after a blistering time of 57.08 seconds in Friday’s preliminary heat. He dropped .14 seconds in the finals, finishing in 56.94. North Central senior Brandon Stride, who was seeded second (57.27) won the race in 56.61. Stride, also won the 200 individual medley in an all-American consideration time of 1:50.26 and was named the swimmer of the meet. Limberg placed third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.04.

Limberg, along with teammates Minuk “Tony” Kim, Shinhwi “Pryce” Umemoto and Jensen Elsemore placed sixth overall in the 200 medley relay in 1:39.00, .76 seconds faster than their preliminary time. Limberg, Elsemore, Umemoto and Ryan Wang took 11th in the 400 freestyle in 3:19.92, a drop of .31 seconds from their prelim heat. The Wolfpack’s 200 freestyle relay squad of Maceo Hoyla, Alex Georgiev, Benjamin Yeung and Wang qualified for the consolation finals and ended up 16th with a time of 1:32.54.

Kim and Georgiev finished 15th and 16th in the 100 backstroke. Teammate Bastien Orbigo placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke. Jackson’s Ian Walsh was seventh in the 50 adaptive backstroke and 10th in the 50 adaptive freestyle.

The Timberwolves finished 10th overall in the team standings.

Skyline won the 4A state title.

Jackson senior takes 4th place at Mat Classic XXXI

 

The Jackson, Glacier Peak and Archbishop Murphy teams had reason to celebrate after Mat Classic XXXI.

All three programs had a senior wrestler end their high school careers on the podium at the state wrestling championships Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Tacoma Dome.

Jackson’s Christian Balmer was the higher placer, taking fourth in the 182-pound division in the 4A tournament. Balmer finished seventh at 195 at last year’s 3A championship when he was at Everett High School.

Glacier Peak’s Hardy wrapped his high school career with a sixth place finish in the 4A 132 division. Archbishop Murphy’s Colin Howell finished eighth in the 2A 145 division, falling to 11-6 to Cheney’s Seubert in the seventh/eighth place bout.

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