FEDERAL WAY — A very fast field made it tough on Aberdeen during the first day of the state 2A boys swimming championship meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Friday.
Senior Robby Lewis qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 butterfly with a 15th-place finish in the preliminary heats. Lewis finished with a 56.23 mark to move into today’s second and final day of the meet. The finals will begin at 2:15 p.m.
Sophomore Kai Kawashima will also be competing in today’s finals after finishing 11th in the men’s diving. After two rounds, Kawashima finished with a 183.82 score to advance.
“Our free relay had a personal best time and swam well, but you can’t control what other teams do,” AHS head coach Angela Durr said. “Robby swam another personal best in the 100 fly. With his focus just on that event (in the finals), I have high hopes he will place even higher. Kai juggled diving and swimming beautifully. I am excited to see what both of them will do.”
Both Aberdeen relays, along with Lewis in the 200 individual medley, were unable to crack into the top-16 spots to move on to today’s finals. The 200 medley relay finished 18th, as the second alternate, at 1:54.04, while the 200 freestyle relay took 20th at 1:41.36. Lewis finished 24th in the 200 IM at 2:16.38.
200 Medley Relay — 18. Aberdeen (Robby Lewis, Kai Kawashima, Sage Bridges, Conner Gates), 1:54.04. 200 Individual Medley — 24. Robby Lewis (Abe), 2:16.38. 100 Fly — 15. Robby Lewis (Abe), 56.23. 200 Free Relay — 20. Aberdeen (Conner Gates, Kai Kawashima, Sage Bridges, Robby Lewis), 1:41.36. Diving — 11. Kai Kawashima (Abe), 183.82.