Meadowdale senior standout shows off versatility | Boys swimming

Mavericks pull out a narrow victory over Marauders
By David Pan | Dec 20, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale senior Max Khaperman finished first in the 200-yard individual during a Wesco meet against Mariner Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Lynnwood Pool. Khaperman also won the 100 breaststroke to help lead the Mavericks to a 86-84 victory over the Marauders.

Meadowdale’s Max Khaperman is one of the top sprinters in the league.

The senior standout competed in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at the 3A state boys swimming championships last season and advanced to the consolation finals in the latter event.

But with the Mavericks missing some of their key people, Khaperman showed his versatility by winning the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke to help Meadowdale edge Mariner 86-84 in a Wesco South boys swimming dual meet Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Lynnwood Pool.

Khaperman also swam a leg on the 400 freestyle relay team that finished in second place ahead of the Marauders in the final event of the meet.

“He can swim everything,” Meadowdale coach Kati Girard said.

Since the Mavericks’ practice time in the pool is somewhat limited, Khaperman has been spending more time working out with his club team, Stingrays, in preparation for another run at the state meet.

“I’ve actually missed probably just two days out of the couple of months,” Khaperman said. “I need to work on muscle fibers at club. At high school practice, I work on technique.”

Khaperman is aiming for a top 5 or better finish at state.

“I set high goals and I want to achieve them,” he said.

Those high goals also include Meadowdale’s relays, which Khaperman said have a good shot at advancing far this season.

Khaperman sees teammates David Montes and Caleb Volz as prime candidates for the relays.

“We need one more person who can step up and who is willing to work their butts off,” Khaperman said. “We can definitely go to state this year. We just need our guys to take it seriously and we need them to push themselves at practice.”

The turnout for the Mavericks is in the mid-20s with almost half of roster either freshmen or sophomores. It’s a group that has potential.

“We aren’t as big,” Girard said. “They’re really putting out some effort.”

Khaperman, as team captain, enjoys working with the newcomers.

“It’s going to take some time getting them to where we need them to be,” he said. “They’re a big part of the team. They add so much. We have a lot of young guys. They plan to swim throughout high school. They take it seriously.”

Volt finished first in the 200 freestyle and took third in the 100 backstroke. Junior Andrew Kulinovsky placed third in the 500 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. Junior Jacob Seals took third in the 200 individual medley and was fourth in the 100 butterfly. Junior Sam Piper place third in the 100 butterfly. The Mavericks won the 200 freestyle relay.

District rival Lynnwood defeated Meadowdale 95-75 in the other dual meet. The Mavericks face district rivals Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace in another double dual meet at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at Lynnwood Pool.

 

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