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Boys swimming: Tarik Kurta of Fort Vancouver, Lincoln Swift of Ridgefield are dual winners at 2A-1A district meet

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: February 10, 2024, 10:52pm

Tarik Kurta of Fort Vancouver won two individual titles, as did Lincoln Swift of Ridgefield at the 2A-1A boys swimming district meet Saturday at Mark Morris High School in Longview.

Kurta won the 50-yard freestyle by more than a second in 21.67 seconds, and he won the 100 freestyle by almost four seconds in 49.56 seconds.

Swift recorded a nearly five-second win in the 200 individual medley, winning in 2:09.59. He also won the 500 freestyle by more than 30 seconds, winning in 5:12.45.

Other winners in Longview included Pace Berry of Mark Morris (200 freestyle, 2:00.42) and the Hockinson 200 free relay team.

Hockinson finished second in the team standings to champion Aberdeen. Fort Vancouver placed fourth, and Ridgefield was fifth.

4A BI-DISTRICT MEET — Owen Robertson of Union won two events and helped Union win the 200 free relay at the 4A bi-district meet in Walla Walla.

Robertson won the 200 freestyle by three seconds in 1:45.86, and the 500 freestyle by seven seconds in 4:47.82.

He anchored Union’s winning 200 free relay (1:31.09).

Tenzin Kelsang of Camas won the 100 freestyle in 51.10 seconds over teammate Pranaya Shrestha.

Kelsang was also part of Camas’ 200 medley relay team that finished in a dead heat for first place with Hanford, with both teams touching in 1:40.41. Union was third by a hair, finishing in 1:40.61.

Hanford won the team title with 556 points. Camas was second at 459, and Union was third at 272.

3A BI-DISTRICT MEET — Mountain View’s David Kilway and John Ipe claimed individual titles at the bi-district meet in Walla Walla.

Kilway beat out Michael Oshkader of Prairie to win the 200 individual medley in 2:07.07.

Ipe beat Soren Guttormsen of Kelso in the 50 freestyle, winning in 22.05 seconds.

Walla Walla claimed first place in all other swimming events to win the team title with 616 points.  Kelso was second at 338, and Prairie was third a 238.