Papermakers are sending nine swimmers to state
The Papermakers rode the waves they created to the district championship by 100 points.
Camas won the five-team district meet with 414 points Saturday, at Kelso High School. Union was way back in second place with 314 points. Skyview took third with 156 points.
Papermakers Kasey Calwell, Tom Utas, Lucas Ulmer and John Utas kicked off the day with a meet record time of 1 minute, 39.67 seconds in the 200-meter medley relay.
John Utas, Calwell, Jeff Fadlovich and Ulmer finished the day with a meet record time of 3:21.52 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Calwell clinched first place in the 200 individual medley (1:58.56) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.46). Ulmer earned first place in the 100 butterfly (55.3 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (56.36 seconds).
The Utas brothers grabbed the top two spots to state in the 100 freestyle. John won with a time of 49.95 seconds. Tom pushed up to second place in 51.27. John Utas also took first place in the 50 free (22.56). Tom Utas earned second place in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.44).
Xiaguang Yan, Tom Utas, Luke Albert and Colin Kuhta claimed the 200 freestyle relay district title for Camas. Yan also snagged third place in the 50 free (23.67) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.76).
Nick Burton grabbed second place for the Papermakers in the 100 backstroke (1;05.97). Albert earned second place in the 200 free (1:56.57), and Fadlovich took third place (1:57.12). Fadlovich also finished second in the 500 free (5:12.47), and Noah Macia followed in third (5:42.01).
Max Urbanek was third in the 100 butterfly (58.66) and fifth in the 200 free (1:59.1). Kuhta snatched third in the 200 individual medley (2;15.28) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (1:03.02). Albert grabbed fifth place the 100 free (54.77). Joey Wunderlich clinched fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:18.56) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.71).
Camas sends nine swimmers to the state meet Friday and Saturday, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Read more in Tuesday's print edition of the Post-Record.