Boys swimming: Hamlik, Mountain View post solid qualifying marks

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant sports editor

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Prairie’s Jaron Hamlik and the Mountain View 200 free relay team put themselves in good position to challenge for state championships with solid efforts Friday in preliminary heats at the Class 3A state boys swimming championships in Federal Way.

Hamlik, a sophomore, qualified second for Saturday’s final in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 54.63 seconds, less than a second behind top qualifier Logan Briggs of Liberty.

Hamlik also is the No. 3 qualifier in the 100 backstroke finals, swimming Friday in 52.85 seconds.

The Mountain View 200 free relay of Chris Xue, Alexander Suk, Davin Gong and Arash Davani qualified second in a time of 1:29.76, a little more than a half second behind Mercer Island. Camas’ 200 free relay team also advanced to the finals with the seventh-best qualifying mark on Friday.

Also advancing to Saturday’s finals were Camas’ Jake Yraceburu in the 100 breaststroke (fifth, 1:00.93), Davani in the 100 butterfly (seventh, 53.88), Camas 200 medley relay (fifth, 1:39.70) and Mountain View’s 400 free relay (eighth, 3:19.66).

Hockinson’s 200 and 400 free relays both advanced to Saturday’s finals with fourth-best times on Friday. The Hawks finished in 1:32.20 in the 200 free, and 3:25.44 in the 400 free).

Hockinson’s Cooper Budden advanced in the 200 freestyle (sixth, 1:50.00) and Alyosha Weyman moved on in both the 50 free (eighth, 22.68) and 100 free (sixth, 50.21).Evergreen’s Jim Nguyen was the lone local competitor to reach the championship finals in the 4A meet, posting a fifth-best time in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.51).