In 2009, then-Richland senior Cody Roberts swam to Class 4A state titles in the 100-yard backstroke and 100 butterfly at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. He was the defending champion in the 100 fly that year.
Roberts will return to the spot of his high school triumphs this week, when he represents UNLV in the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship from Thursday through Saturday.
Roberts, a junior, will swim in the 50-yard freestyle and his signature event, the 100 fly. He is ranked third in the 100 fly with a time of 46.06 seconds behind California's Thomas Shields (45.04) and Michigan's Daniel Madwed (46.02).
A good sign for Roberts as he heads to Federal Way? He still owns the 4A WIAA state boys championship meet record in the 100 fly (47.81). Also, he was a 2010 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American in that event.
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This summer, Roberts will join Richland's Lisa Bratton, Othello's Natilee Ruiz and Walla Walla's Carl Jones at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.