Camas swimmers rule the southwest

Papermakers capture first place at 16-school meet by 57.5 points

The Camas High School boys swimming team put the finishing touches on a perfect season by winning the Southwest Washington Invitational Saturday, in Longview.

The Papermakers racked up 602.5 points to win the 16-school meet. Mountain View was second with 545, Mark Morris third with 504 and Union fourth with 311.

Freshman Eric Wu finished in first place in all four of his events. He earned a state qualifying time in the 200-meter individual medley (2:00.95) and just missed qualifying for state in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.69).

Luke Albert, Tom Utas, Wu and Andrey Khabibrakhmanov clinched first place in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.79). Utas, Wu, Finn McClone and Albert claimed first place in the 400 freestyle relay (3:28.08). Zachary Macia, Jakob Duerfeldt, Danill Timchenko and Austin Fogel took third place in the 200 free relay (1:42.02). Fogel, Jeff Fadlovich, Maxwell Crowson and Noah Macia notched third place in the 400 free relay (3:40.49).

Washougal freshman Isaiah Ross earned first place in the 200 free (1:54.59) and the 500 free (5:07.05). Utas (2:05.02) and Fogel (2:07.26) grabbed second and third place for Camas in the 200 individual medley. McClone (5:17.74) and Utas (5:19.27) took second and third place in the 500 free, and Noah Macia notched fifth place (5:41.14).

Fadlovich (57.38 seconds) and McClone (57.99) finished in second and third place in the 100 backstroke, and Albert (1:01.46) and Khabibrakhmanov (1:01.47) earned seventh and eighth place. Albert took second place in the 100 free (52.27) and Crowson snagged seventh place (55.03).

Fogel claimed third place in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.25), and Aaron Le (1:13.19) and Duerfeldt (1:13.26) earned eighth and ninth place. Khabibrakhmanov took fourth place in the 50 free (24.77), Crowson snatched eighth (25.12) and Noah Macia notched 10th (25.83). Fadlovich finished fourth in the 100 butterfly (59.98).

McClone, Crowson, Fadlovich and Noah Macia earned fifth place in the 200 medley relay (1:52.54), and Khabibrakhmanov, Le, Duerfeldt and Timchenko followed in seventh place (1:56.42). Zachary Macia, Le, Ian Pinch and Sullivan Carrick placed ninth in the 400 free relay (4:03.24).

All 19 Camas swimmers have qualified for the district meet Feb. 12 and 13, at Kelso High School. Mark Kim, Utas and Wu are on their way to state in individual events. Camas has also qualified all three relay teams for state.

All three Washougal swimmers will compete at district meet Feb. 12 and 13, at Mark Morris High School. Ross has qualified for state in four events.