Boys swimming: Hanford, Werz dominate regional meet

February 9, 2013 

Kelso High School’s Gaither Pool is a good 260 miles from Richland, but the Hanford high school boys swam like it was their home Saturday at the District 4/5 Swimming and Diving Championships.

The Falcons rolled up 396 team points while earning 14 state qualifying spots, and came away with five individual champions plus a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

William Werz broke a 14-year-old pool record in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 47.15 seconds to eclipse his time of 48.54 in Friday’s qualifying event. Werz also captured the 200 freestyle in 1:44.97, beating runnerup Nicholas McMillan (1:51.64) of Columbia River by over 6 1/2 seconds.

Jake Douglas also won two events, taking the 100 fly (54.84) and 500 free (5:04.36). He and Werz also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay squad.

“It was pretty impressive to go over there and dominate that field,” Hanford coach Kathy Piper said. “In the breastroke we got 1-2-3. All the way around, the kids swam really good today.”

Gaither Pool, Kelso High School

Team scores—Hanford 396, Mountain View 239, Columbia River 212, Kelso 180, Hudson’s Bay 61, Fort Vancouver 43, Prairie 32, Sunnyside 9.

Top 2 to state (plus state qualifying times)

200 medley relay (state qualifying mark 1:44.70)—1, Hanford (Andrew Peacock, Tanner Collins, Jake Douglas, William Werz) 1:42.76; Kelso 1:49.76. 200 free (1:50.90)—1. Werz (Hanford) 1:44.97; 2, Nicholas McMillan (CR) 1:51.64. 200 IM (2:03.50)—1, Jaron Hamlik (Prairie) 1:57.05 (pool record); 2, Jeevan Philip (Hanford) 2:06.78. 50 free (22.75)—1, David Snuffin (CR) 22.25; 2, Chris Xue (MV) 22.49; 3, Cody Mouw (MV) 22.59; 4, Alexander Suk (MV) 22.63. Diving (300)—1, Alex Peppers (Kelso) 284.70; 2, Samuel Hart (Hanford) 264.20. 100 fly (55.40)—1, Jake Douglas (Hanford) 54.84; 2, Philip (Hanford) 55.17. 100 free (49.90)—1, Werz (Hanford) 47.15 (pool record); 2, A.Suk (MV) 49.71; 3, Xue (MV) 49.73. 500 free (5:00.50)—1, Douglas (Hanford) 5:04.36; 2, Karl Kintner-Meyer (Hanford) 5:09.63. 200 free relay (1:33.70)—1, Mountain View (M.Suk, Xue, Mouw, A.Suk) 1:31.54; 2, Hanford (Peacock, Braeden Welsch, Wertz, Parker Schumacher) 1:34.45. 100 back (57.20)—1, Jaron Hamlik (Prairie) 53.03 (pool record); 2, James Bennett (Hanford) 59.05. 100 breast (1:03.40)—1, Peacock (Hanford) 1:03.59; 2, Tanner Collins (Hanford) 1:06.05. 400 free relay (3:26.90)—1, Mountain View (M.Suk, Xue, Mouw, A.Suk) 3:26.22; 2, Hanford (Bennett, Philip, Schumacher, Douglas) 3:31.60.

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