2/18/2022

(Federal Way, WA) On Thursday the WIAA presented the State Diving Championships. Normally the diving championships would be part of the 2 day swim meet but with Covid restrictions they moved diving to its own day. We’re not sure but possibly this may be a permanent move, the Diving portion went exceptionally well.

Below are the official results of all 3 meets with pictures and some video clips as well.

2A Diving Championships

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Anacortes swept the top 2 spots with Zephy Blee upsetting top qualifier and teammate Fletcher Olson. Blee just never turned in a bad or even sub-par dive hitting all 11 and winning by nearly 30 points. Olson started a little slow but rallied and was clearly 2nd best. Both Blee and Olson are Juniors and will have to be dealt with again in 2023.

Despite taking the top 2 spots and 10th place with Sam Davis earning 44 points for the Anacortes swim team effort it was not the top team performance as Steilacoom placed  4 in the top 9 scoring 52 team points. Connor McPhail led the way with a 3rd place finish, Aaron Burlingame took 5th, Carlo Zavala was 6th and Nate Englund just missed an individual medal in  9th.

The other medalists included 4th place finisher Jackson Legan of Sehome, Michael Rosen of Bellingham and Ezekiel Stansberry from Burlington-Edison.

Complete Standings:

King County Aquatics Center - Site License             2/18/2022 - 8:53 AM
                          WIAA/Gesa Credit Union                           
                    2A Boys State February 18-19, 2022                     
 
 Event 205  Boys 1 mtr Diving 2A
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  Meet Record: ! 427.20  2/18/2012 Austin Fahrenholtz, Port Angeles
 State Record: $ 530.53  2/21/2004 Jonathan Wilcox, Bellevue
    Name           Year School              Semis     Finals       Points 
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                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Blee, Zephy      11 ANAC               227.70     310.95         20  
  2 Olson, Fletcher  11 ANAC               211.00     281.05         17  
  3 McPhail, Connor  11 STE                189.20     266.35         16  
  4 Legan, Jackson   10 SEHOM              186.15     264.10         15  
  5 Burlingame, Aar  12 STE                189.15     254.75         14  
  6 Zavala, Carlo    11 STE                178.45     252.55         13  
  7 Rosen, Michael   11 BELL               193.35     232.05         12  
  8 Stansberry, Eze  11 B-E                165.20     225.45         11  
  9 Englund, Nate    11 STE                165.95     217.35          9  
 10 Davis, Sam       11 ANAC               164.50     211.00          7  
 11 Chesbrough, Por   9 BELL               156.40     209.45          6  
 12 Clair, Michael   12 LIND               152.85     205.55          5  
 13 King, Charlie    11 B-E                133.15     199.10          4  
 14 Nordberg, Rhett   9 SAMM               131.10     176.65          3  
 15 Bui, Alex        12 LIND               122.50     176.30          2  
 16 Epps, Caleb       9 BELL               132.95     169.25          1  
 
                           === Semi-Finals ===                           
 
 17 Abramson, Trevo  10 AM                 119.15                   
 18 Beal, Samuel     11 ENUM               118.40                   
 19 Paglia, Luca      9 SEHOM              113.30                   
 
              Men - 2A - Team Rankings - Through Event 205               
 
  1. Steilacoom                         52   2. Anacortes                          44
  3. Bellingham                         19   4. Burlington Edison                  15
  4. Sehome                             15   6. Lindbergh                           7
  7. Sammamish                           3

 

Anacortes’s Zephy Blee clinches 2A Title

 

Anacortes’s Fletcher Olson grabs 2nd as Seahawks sweep top 2

 

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3A Diving Championships

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Nicolo Ponnekanti from Stadium shined from start to finish and although had a couple of even dives after the 1st break was in control of the Championship. He scored all of the team points for Stadium and finished 4th in the team Diving standings. Christopher Sellers was also solid right from the start. Sellers led the Bishop Blanchet squad partnering with Will Gillespie who finished 10th to score 24 points, good enough for 3rd.

Leading the team standings was Ballard who got a 1-2 punch from Caleb Pook and Oliver Stacey who finished 3rd and 4th racking up 31 points. Auburn was 2nd with 25 points as Levi Erickson and Isaak Osmak also went back to back finishing 6th and 7th.

Oak Harbor and Marysville-Getchell tied for 5th with 15 each and MG’s Nate Huh-Orrantia took 5th place and Brad Johnson finished 16th while Oak Harbor’s John Blankman had an impressive run finishing 8th after starting 25th and last following his first dive. Jordan Fay also had a solid meet placing 13th.

Complete Standings:

King County Aquatics Center - Site License             2/17/2022 - 4:42 PM
                          WIAA/Gesa Credit Union                           
                 3A Boys' Swim/Dive Champs Feb 18-19, 2022                 
 
 Event 305  Boys 1 mtr Diving
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  Meet Record: ! 530.53  2/21/2004 Jonathan Wilcox, Bellevue
 State Record: $ 530.53  2/21/2004 Jonathan Wilcox, Bellevue
    Name           Year School              Semis     Finals       Points 
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                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Ponnekanti, Nicolo  12 STAD               241.85     337.40         20  
  2 Sellers, Christopher  11 BBLAN              207.85     311.15         17  
  3 Pook, Caleb      12 BALL               220.75     292.00         16  
  4 Stacey, Oliver   12 BALL               234.15     291.15         15  
  5 Huh-Orrantia, Nate  11 MG                 196.25     273.65         14  
  6 Erickson, Levi    9 AUB                197.45     269.50         13  
  7 Osmak, Isaac     12 AUB                203.65     269.15         12  
  8 Blankman, John   12 OAK                200.95     263.40         11  
  9 Blume, Aaron      9 TIMB               198.80     260.15          9  
 10 Gillespie, Will  12 BBLAN              175.45     256.45          7  
 11 Moore, Joe       10 LW                 196.80     254.40          6  
 12 Bingay, Isaac    11 CASC               197.10     249.10          5  
 13 Fay, Jordan      12 OAK                180.80     241.50          4  
 14 Sauermann, Henry  12 BAIN               163.10     232.70          3  
 15 Klinger, Jaxon   10 BLAKE              153.10     213.00          2  
 16 Johnson, Brad    11 MG                 148.35     202.75          1  
 
                           === Semi-Finals ===                           
 
 17 Gibbs, Isaiah    11 MG                 146.25                   
 18 Hounsell, Rhett   9 MI                 145.70                   
 19 Meader Yetter, Phillip    9 LKSD               137.35                   
 20 Slye, Giovanni   10 WS                 133.15                   
 
                 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 305                 
 
  1. Ballard                            31   2. Auburn                             25
  3. Bishop Blanchet                    24   4. Stadium                            20
  5. Oak Harbor                         15   5. Marysville-Getchell                15
  7. Timberline                          9   8. Lake Washington                     6
  9. Cascade                             5  10. Bainbridge Island                   3
 11. Bonney Lake                         2     

Stadium’s Nicolo Ponnekanti sets the tone in his opening dive on his way to the Championship

 

Bishop Blanchet’s Christopher Sellers takes 2nd with a strong showing

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4A Diving Championships

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Issaquah's Robert Gref and Lake Stevens' Jaden Cardona put on a show each scoring well over 400 points with Gref 
threatening 500 scoring 475.60, easily the highest of all classifications. Cardona was on an island himself with
428.05 with the next closest at 371. 

Gref's 20 points was enough for Issaquah to hold on to 1st place in the diving portion of the team competition. 
In fact only Glacier Peak and Woodinville had more than 1 diver competing. GP's duo of Benjamin Gymrek and Gavin
Clements finished 10th and 13th respectively. Only one of Woodinville's divers scored finishing 16th.

The other top 8 finishers were Ty Mitton of Mt Si a Freshman, Zachary Halter from Skyline was 4th, 5th place went
Luke Vlases of Mount Rainier, Maxx Reagan from Tahoma was 6th, 7th went to South Kitsap's Karter Warner also a
Frosh and 8th place went to Ben Leonardo of Kennedy Catholic.

Event 405  Men 1 mtr Diving
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  Meet Record: ! 509.10  2002      Chris Dalman, Auburn
 State Record:   530.53  2/21/2004 Jonathan Wilcox, Bellevue
    Name           Year School              Semis     Finals       Points 
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                             === Finals ===                              
 
  1 Gref, Robert     12 ISSY               327.55     475.60         20  
  2 Cardona, Jaden   12 LS                 298.05     428.35         17  
  3 Mitton, Ty        9 MTSI               253.85     371.15         16  
  4 Halter, Zachary  11 SKYL               240.50     328.45         15  
  5 Vlases, Luke     11 MR                 218.00     311.80         14  
  6 Reagan, Maxx      9 TAH                202.95     279.45         13  
  7 Warner, Karter    9 SK                 197.40     272.80         12  
  8 Leonardo, Ben    11 KCATH              201.80     266.95         11  
  9 Claybrook, Landon  12 HAN                188.55     259.75          9  
 10 Gmyrek, Benjamin  12 GP                 187.25     239.85          7  
 11 McIntire, Cole   10 RED                177.50     237.60          6  
 12 Logston, Matt    10 CHI                162.65     228.20          5  
 13 Clements, Gavin  12 GP                 190.35     219.85          4  
 14 Farmer, Cade      9 KAM                151.90     217.25          3  
 15 DeGooyer, Dallin  10 ML                 152.35     207.70          2  
 16 Walden, Owen     12 WOOD               146.05     186.55          1  
 
                           === Semi-Finals ===                           
 
 17 Beus, Carter     10 ML                 145.60                   
 18 Armstrong, Ryan  12 WOOD               143.15                   
 19 Sagerser, Ben     9 WEN                141.40                   
 20 Meneses, John    12 GP                 133.55                   
 
                 Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 405                 
 
  1. Issaquah                           20   2. Lake Stevens                       17
  3. Mount Si                           16   4. Skyline                            15
  5. Mount Rainier                      14   6. Tahoma                             13
  7. South Kitsap                       12   8. Glacier Peak                       11
  8. Kennedy Catholic                   11  10. Hanford                             9
 11. Redmond                             6  12. Chiawana                            5
 13. Kamiak                              3  14. Moses Lake                          2
 15. Woodinville                         1

Issaquah’s Robert Gref was near perfection in all 11 dives winning the 4A title impressively

 

Jaden Cardona of Lake Stevens was incredible as well as the only other 400+ point scorer

 

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