Swim team finishes ninth

Kyle Ciminski couldn’t have picked a better time to have to his best swimming performance ever.

Competing in his fourth and final state meet at the King Count Aquatics Center over the weekend, the Wildcat senior broke three individual school records and was a part of two new school record relay teams.

“It was a really exciting day not just for me, but the whole team,” he said.

Ciminski finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a school record of 58.99 seconds in both prelims and the finals. Most impressive about the time is how much it improved, as he shaved nearly three seconds off his district time and nearly six seconds off last year’s best.

“It was really surprising to me,” Ciminski said of his state performance. “I guess I can just really attribute it to my coaches—coach Neil (Romney) and coach Joel (Walker).”

Ciminski also gained a school-record time of 52.90 during the 100 butterfly prelims, eventually taking seventh overall in the event.

He received his third and final individual record as a member of the 200 freestyle relay team, completing the opening leg in 22.15 seconds. The group of Ciminski, Josh Luttrell, Jason Hunter and Brian Hall went on to have its best performance of the season, capturing a school record time of 1:30.50 and fifth in state.

The same group of swimmers finished eighth in the 400 freestyle relay with yet another school best of 3:21.42.

Senior Jason Hunter also had a nice day for the Wildcats, taking 11th and 14th in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley respectively.

“He finished right around the same time he had in districts,” head coach Neil Romney said. “We were pleased that he was able to hang on.”

Josh Luttrell competed in the 100 freestyle, but was unable to make it out of the prelims. He finished in 22nd place overall.

The 200 individual medley relay of Aaron Ridle, Russell Chesnut, Matt Renninger and Cameron Spence also finished 22nd.

Oak Harbor’s combined effort gave them 86 points, good enough for its highest state finish ever at ninth place.

“That was a great accomplishment,” Romney said.

Thomas Jefferson won the meet with 175 points. Snohomish was the only WesCo North team to finish above Oak Harbor with 138 points and fourth place.

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