MOSES LAKE — You can’t win a swim meet on Thursday, but you sure can lose one. So Moses Lake coach Tony St. Onge was fine with qualifying 13 individuals and all three relays for Saturday’s championship finals at the 4A District 6 meet on Thursday.
The 200 freestyle and medley relays are tuning up for a run at the school records in those events on Saturday.
Noah Heaps, Brett Jorgensen, Zach Washburn and Dylan Bond had already come in under the medley relay state qualifying standard earlier in the season. On Thursday, they were the top qualifier with 1 minute, 40.14.
That same lineup busted a 1:30.79 in the 200 relay to post the low time going into Championship Saturday.
Unlike last year where an infraction caused officials to disqualify the Chiefs’ 400 relay, this year was uneventful and Issac Patten, Ryan Jorgensen, Cole Lindberg and Jordan Pack moved on to the championship finals with a second-place finish in 3:46.34.
“You just want to survive prelims and get the people through to the finals. There’s no points on Thursday, you just want to set it up,” St. Onge said. “The guys are going for school records in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays on Saturday. All three relays have already qualified for state, so we’ll reevaluate the 400 relay lineup when we know more Saturday.”
Sophomore Zach Washburn met the qualifying standard in all eight individual events for the second year in a row. He was the second best qualifier in the 50 freestyle (21.99) and second in the 100 freestyle (51.11).
Brett Jorgensen also qualified for the championship finals with times of 22.37 in the 50 freestyle and 1:02. 15 in the 100 breaststroke.
Noah Heaps has already met the standard in the 100 backstroke. The Chiefs senior clocked 58.33 to qualify second and teammate Cole Lindberg (1:04.46) got into the backstroke finals as the final qualifier. Heaps is still looking to qualify for state in the 100 freestyle at the King County Aquatic Center Feb. 15-16. He has a championship swim on Saturday, but he’ll have to meet the standard or finish second to punch his ticket to Federal Way.
Dylan Bond is on top of his game, going in as the top qualifier in both the 200 (1:49.37) and 500 freestyles (5:02.22).
The District 6 finals are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Tony St. Onge Pool of Dreams
Local championship qualifiers (top 8)
200-yard medley relay - 1. Moses Lake (Noah Heaps, Brett Jorgensen, Zach Washburn, Dylan Bond), 1:40.14
200 freestyle relay - 1. Moses Lake (Brett Jorgensen, Noah Heaps, Dylan Bond, Zach Washburn), 1:30.79
400 freestyle relay - 2. Moses Lake (Issac Patten, Ryan Jorgensen, Cole Lindberg, Jordan Pack), 3:46.34
50 freestyle - 2. Zach Washburn, ML, 21.99. 3. Brett Jorgensen, ML, 22.37
100 freestyle - 2. Zach Washburn, ML, 47.47. 5. Noah Heaps, ML, 51.11
200 freestyle - 1. Dylan Bond, ML, 1:49.37. 6. Issac Patten, ML, 2:04.05
500 freestyle - 1 Dylan Bond, ML, 5:02.22. 8. Tanner Patten, ML, 6:25.03
200 IM - 6. Jordan Pack, ML, 2:14.96
100 butterfly - 2. Cole Lindberg, ML, 56.97
100 backstroke - 2. Noah Heaps, ML, 58.33. 8. Cole Lindberg, ML, 1:04.46
100 breaststroke - 3. Brett Jorgensen, ML, 1:02.15