Hazen finds the podium, Liberty swimmers medal

March 5, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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The Hazen High School boys swim and dive team didn’t win a single event at the 2015 3A state swimming championship Feb. 20-21.

By Greg Farrar Derek Wei, Hazen High School junior, seem to be airborne as he strokes through the water his 100-yard butterfly race, winning in 53.17 seconds Jan. 20 against Liberty.

By Greg Farrar
Derek Wei, Hazen High School junior, seem to be airborne as he strokes through the water his 100-yard butterfly race, winning in 53.17 seconds Jan. 20 against Liberty.

Yet, the Highlanders’ top-to-bottom depth ensured the team had a spot on the podium when the meet came to a close Feb. 21 at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.

Hazen swimmers collected personal bests on the way to the squad’s fourth-place finish, edging out league-rival Kennedy by four points to win a team trophy.

Senior Connor Broughton was the Highlanders’ top finisher, earning a second-place medal in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 40.07 seconds. Broughton picked up another individual medal after finishing sixth in the 200-yard individual medley.

Hazen junior Sergio Licea also won two individual medals, placing eighth in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard butterfly. Teammate Derek Wei also placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Broughton, Licea, Wei and senior Nolan Hoover teamed up to take fourth in the 200-yard medley relay and fifth in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Hoover did not pick up a medal, but did win the consolation finals in the 100-yard backstroke. Wei also won the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke.

Liberty’s Nick Klatt is a state champion

By Greg Farrar Nick Klatt, Liberty High School senior, swims his 500-yard freestyle race during the state 2A swim championships Feb. 21 in Federal Way. Klatt won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 42.12 seconds, and took third in the 500 with a time of 4:41.60.

By Greg Farrar
Nick Klatt, Liberty High School senior, swims his 500-yard freestyle race during the state 2A swim championships Feb. 21 in Federal Way. Klatt won the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 42.12 seconds, and took third in the 500 with a time of 4:41.60.

Liberty senior Nick Klatt ended his high school swimming career as a state champion, winning the 2A 200-yard freestyle Feb. 21.

Klatt finished third in preliminaries the day before, but surged to the top spot in the finals with a time of 1:42.12. He also picked up a medal in the 500-yard freestyle (third, 4:41.60).

All three of the Patriots’ relay teams earned medals.

Klatt, Joel Tinseth, Andy DeVogel and Russell Fitzgerald opened the meet with an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay; Tinseth, Fitzgerald, Jacob Winter and Brian Duffner took seventh in the 200-yard freestyle relay; and Klatt, Winter, Fitzgerald and Kyle Larson finished eighth in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Fitzgerald also finished seventh in the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle, while freshman Jacob Hepp took seventh in the consolation final of the 500-yard freestyle.

Overall, Liberty finished 10th in the 2A team standings.

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