Meadowdale standout looking to finish senior year at state | Boys swimming

Nguyenle competed at 3A meet during his sophomore year
By David Pan | Dec 28, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Sean Nguyenle swims in the 500 freestyle during a Wesco South meet against Jackson Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Lynnwood Pool.

Senior Sean Nguyenle appears to be Meadowdale’s top prospect to advance to the 3A state swimming championships.

When he was a sophomore at Edmonds-Woodway, Nguyenle finished first in the consolation finals of the 200-yard individual medley to place ninth overall in the 2016 state meet. Nguyenle also swam on the Warriors’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay squads.

It’s early in the season and Nguyenle hasn’t decided on which events he’ll focus on this season, Meadowdale coach Kati Girard said.

Nguyenle’s versatility in all of the strokes means he’ll have options. Girard noted that the 200 individual medley is a definite possibility.

“We’re going to see how things are going a little bit longer and then he’ll make that decision,” Girard said. “He’s trying to go as far as he can. There’s a lot up for grabs in his decision-making.”

Nguyenle finished second in the 100 butterfly and was fourth in the 50 freestyle in a Wesco South meet against Kamiak Thursday, Dec. 14 at Kamiak High School. Nguyenle also swam on the 200 medley relay team, which placed third and on the 400 freestyle relay team that took sixth.

The senior standout tranferred to Meadowdale last year and wasn’t eligible to compete in varsity meets.

Max Khaperman, who Girard said was the team’s other top prospect, took third in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle.

“His goal is to swim a little bit more club now,” Girard said. “He and Sean swim on the same club.”

Kamiak defeated Meadowdale 144-34 to hand the Mavericks their fourth dual meet loss. Meadowdale’s lone victory was over district rival Lynnwood 104-56 on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Girard would like to put together a relay but Meadowdale’s 3A competition includes Shorecrest, Shorewood and district rival Edmonds-Woodway, all strong teams.

“It’s not going to be easy to get that,” Girard said. “It’s pretty competitive.”

The good news for the Mavericks is that their numbers have increased this season with the team in the high 20s.

Meadowdale return to the pool against Mariner on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Kamiak High School and then faces Marysville-Getchell and Marysville-Pilchuck on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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