WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Boys State Swim and Dive Championships 2012
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center | Federal Way, Wash.
Maps and Directions
The WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Boys State Swim and Dive Championships will splash upon the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Feb. 17-18.
This legacy venue opened for the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games and also hosted the Olympic Diving Trials in 2000. The 2,500-seat facility maintains one of the most active competition schedules in the country, hosting more than 50 events annually. It has been the site of the Olympic Trials, top national and international competitions, and premiere Pacific Northwest events. The Aquatic Center will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive Championships in March followed by the Olympic Diving Trials in June.
The state meet, previously held at the University of Washington, now provides room for nearly three times as many people. The King County Aquatic Center boasts an Olympic size pool at 50m, providing eight lanes, which is equivalent to two short course facilities.
Bob Regan, tournament manager of 24 years, will again oversee the event which is in its 21st-consecutive year at the Aquatic Center. Regan ran the Girls State Swim and Dive Championships in November as well. Nearly 130 schools are represented and over 500 student-athletes will compete for the State Championships.
Jeff Lowell has partnered with Regan in managing the meet since 2009. Lowell, Vice Principal at Interlake High School, works with entry procedures for the meet. Paul Torno, a retired educator from Bainbridge Island, has done the announcing for the state meet for six years now. Although he currently lives in New Mexico, he makes the trip up to the Pacific Northwest for the boys’ and girls’ state meets every year. Their teamwork creates a successful meet that has been the site for some incredible swimmers over the years.
“When national records are broken at the state meet it is very exciting to think that no other high school swimmer has gone faster, ever, at that time.” Regan said.
As of Feb. 6, Eastlake High School’s Edward Kim (4A) holds the fastest times in the state in five different events. For 3A, the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay feature the same 3 teams (Bainbridge, Mercer Island, and Lakeside high schools) where each team claims the fastest time in one of each of the relays. In 2A, Renton High School’s Steve Sholdra has the fastest time in four events and Sehome High School is the favorite for all three relays.
There is an incredible amount of talent going into the State Meet as well as a full season of hard work and dedication, which is what the State Championships are all about. Make sure you attend or tune in to our social media updates to see what speedy times will be recorded in the pool on Feb. 17-18.
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