After losing several key seniors off last year’s state champion swim team, it was hard for anyone – themselves especially – to think that a repeat was possible for Stadium this season. And while the Tigers could not quite make it to the top again, seniors Logan Rysemus and Drew Lackman and a cast of promising underclassmen led Stadium to a second-place finish at the 4A state meet on Feb. 16 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“Everybody was swimming out of their skulls, everybody swam their best times overall,” said Stadium head coach Dave Baughman. “Guys contributed points all over the place. For us, we couldn’t have expected to do any better.”
The Tigers started fast, as Rysemus and Lackman teamed with senior Nicholas Riggio and freshman Josh Maclurg to win the 200-yard medley relay in one minute and 36.71 seconds – a time that broke the school record and was the fourth fastest in 4A state history. Rysemus followed two events later by notching an All-American Automatic time of one minute and 50.51 seconds in winning the 200-yard individual medley, breaking his own school record in the process. Not to be outdone, Lackman then broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle by finishing in 21.20 seconds, bested only by Edward Kim of Eastlake – who swam the second fastest time in state history.
“Swimming against Ed is a great experience,” Lackman said. “He really pushes everyone around him. He’s a great guy and I’m honored to swim against him.”
Rysemus added another All-American time in placing second to Kim in the 100-yard butterfly, while Lackman followed by taking second to Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz in the 100-yard freestyle.
“For Logan and Drew, this was their last chance to place that high and look that good as a high school swimmer,” Baughman said. “The rest of the guys are all freshman and sophomores. They’ve got a couple of years to develop, but this was kind of a wave goodbye (for Logan and Drew).”
But not to be overlooked were the efforts of Maclurg and fellow freshman Noah Willers, who took 11th place in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle, respectively. The duo also teamed with Rysemus and Lackman to end the meet by tying with Kamiak in winning the 400-yard freestyle relay.
“After losing so many seniors, we really needed that freshman class to come in and help us,” Rysemus said. “They were able to fill in the spots in the relays perfectly, so it was great.”
Willers, Riggio, Kyle Marr and Aiden Hoben also took 12th in the 200-yard freestyle relay for Stadium. Kamiak won the title with 207 team points, while the Tigers tallied 170 points. “It feels good to get a trophy,” Lackman said. “After last year, knowing all the seniors we (lost), a repeat was going to be doubtful. But second place is amazing. I’m so happy.”
“Personally, I was hoping for third or fourth (place),” Rysemus added. “Getting second is giant to me. It’s perfect.”
The Curtis Vikings, meanwhile, placed 14th as a squad and were led by junior Brian Woodbury, who won the 100-yard backstroke in an All-American time of 49.99 seconds and placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 50.69 seconds – good for All-American consideration. Woodbury also teamed with Jason Mukai, Eddie Na and Riley Hess to take eighth in the 200-yard medley relay.
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