SK faces long odds at state swim meet

For the South Kitsap boys swim team, today’s Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships will be a challenge to say the least.

The Wolves qualified for six individual events and got all three relays in as well, but their chances of success will be slim. The Wolves are seeded in the top eight in only two events.

The top eight times from Friday’s preliminary rounds will swim today in the finals at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Finals get under way at 11:30 a.m.

South’s best hope rests with senior Greg Mercer, seeded fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a qualifying time of 22.00 seconds.

Last year, Mercer helped South to an 18th-place finish by taking sixth place with a school record time of 21.68.

Mercer will also swim in the 100 free along with teammates Nick Dargel and Cory Smith. Smith is seeded the highest of the three at 13th with a qualifying time of 49.47.

Mercer is 16th at 49.86, while Dargel is 19th at 49.95.

Dargel will also go in the 100 backstroke but is seeded 15th with a qualifying time of 57.13.

South’s other individual is Skylar Page, who is seeded 17th in the 100 breaststroke with a qualifying time of 1:05.65.

The Wolves’ best chance for points in the relays comes from their 200 freestyle tandem of Mercer, Dargel, Smith and Justin Sharrett. South has the sixth seed at 1:32.15.

South will also have a go in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.

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