Knights defeat Wolfpack for Wesco title | Boys swimming

By David Pan | Feb 01, 2019
Jackson's Bastien Orbigo swims the 500 freestyle during a Wesco South meet against Kamiak Thursday, Jan. 24, at West Coast Aquatics Pool in Mill Creek.

In a battle between two undefeated teams, Kamiak came out on top over Jackson to claim the Wesco South boys swimming championship.

The Knights won five out of the eight individual events and swept all three of the relays to win 107-63 in the final regular season meet for both teams Thursday, Jan. 24, at West Coast Aquatics Pool in Mill Creek.

Jackson’s Justin Limberg won the 200-yard individual medley by almost eight seconds over teammate Alex Georgiev and also captured the 100 breaststroke by more than five seconds over teammate Bastien Orbigo. Tony Kim won Jackson’s other event, the 100 backstroke.

“I’m happy with how he’s swimming right now,” Jackson coach Drew Whorley said of Limberg, who placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley at last year’s state meet. “He swims with a lot of heart. … He carries a lot of school pride. He’s a great leader for all of our kids. Everybody kind of rallies around him and has a lot of respect for him.”

Jackson’s second-place finishers included Alex Georgiev (200 individual medley), Pryce Umemoto (50 freestyle), Kim (100 butterfly), Braden Thompson (100 backstroke) and Bastien Orbigo (100 breaststroke).

“Kamiak is an exceptionally deep and really talented team,” Whorley said. “Today we swam against a team that is better than we are right now.”

Individual winners for the Knights (9-0 in the league, 12-0 overall) included Slava Gilszmer (200-yard freestyle), Brian Park (50 freestyle), Jonathan Ke (100 butterfly), Maxwell Fang (100 freestyle) and Michael Viray (500 freestyle). The 200 medley relay team consisted of Vlad Gilszmer, who also finished second in the 100 freestyle, Viray, Fang and Park. The 200 freestyle relay squad included Vlad Gilszmer, Edward Whalen, Alex Kirby and Slava Gilszmer and the 400 freestyle relay team was composed of Fang, Whalen, Noah Kim and Slava Gilszmer.

The Wolfpack’s younger team members have impressed Whorley throughout the season.

“For their age, they swim with a lot of confidence,” the Jackson coach said. “We’ve had a lot of close meets and we’ve come in ready to swim those and today we swam against a team that is better than we are right now. … Having relatively talented freshmen and younger kids, you want them standing behind the blocks believing that they can be successful and that’s what we’ve been working on.”

The 4A District swim and dive meet is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6, 7, 9 at Snohomish Aquatic Center. The state championships are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

 

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