Meadowdale senior breaks Edmonds District meet record | Boys swimming

Edmonds-Woodway captures team title
By David Pan | Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Sean Nguyenle finished first in the 100-yard butterfly and set a new meet record at the Edmonds District championships Saturday, Jan. 27 at Lynnwood Pool. Nguyenle also won the 200 individual medley.

Meadowdale’s Sean Nguyenle knew he had a good shot at setting a record in the 100-yard butterfly at the Edmonds School District boys swimming championships.

The Maverick senior was just about a second off of the record at his last meet.

Nguyenle went out fast from the start and ended up breaking the record by more than a second on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Lynnwood Pool.

The Meadowdale standout finished in a state cut time of 53.40 seconds. The previous record was 54.68 seconds by Meadowdale’s Chris Flynn in 2014.

“I was really happy with my race,” Nguyenle said. “I did exactly what I wanted to and I was just really happy with getting the record time and also the state qualifying time.”

Some people say that it’s best to pace themselves in the 100 butterfly.

That wasn’t how Nguyenle approached the race.

“You really have to go all out and get it,” he said.

Nguyenle previously also had a state time in the 200 individual medley. He won Saturday’s 200 individual medley in 2:03.42.

“I’ve been pretty happy with my progress,” he said. “At the beginning of the season I was kind of a little off my times.”

Nguyenle goal at the upcoming district meet is to finish in the top 2 and then he hopes to advance to the “A” finals (top 8) in both the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.

“He’s a great planner,” Meadowdale coach Kati Girard said of Nguyenle. “There are little pieces that he’s going to keep thinking about. … It’s that little refinement stuff.”

Meadowdale’s Max Khaperman finished first in the 50 freestyle in 23.22.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Anthony Edwards captured the 200 freestyle in 1:55.41 and the 500 freestyle in 5:07.62. Teammates Yuteng Wang finished first in the 100 freestyle in 51.66 and Jeff Plum won the 100 backstroke in 58.58. The Warriors also swept all three relays.

Edmonds-Woodway easily won the team title, scoring 562 points, ahead of Meadowdale, which finished with 409. Mountlake Terrace was third with 307 and Lynnwood was fourth with 295.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Nolan Welfringer was most pleased by the Warriors’ times, which were close to state cuts in many events.

“I’m excited about districts,” Welfringer said. “It’ll be a good meet. It’ll be exciting to see how it shakes out.”

The Mavericks also are peaking at the right time.

“Overall, we had a lot of time drops,” Girard said. “They raced well today. I’m really excited going forward these next couple of weeks.”

The district meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at Snohomish Aquatic Center.

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