Kentwood boys swim look ahead to state

Kentwood boys swim look ahead to state

This past weekend at the Curtis Aquatic Center the Kentwood High School Boys Swim Team competed at the West Central District III swim meet.

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 11:31am
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The following is a press release from Kentwood swim coach Justin Moser:

This past weekend at the Curtis Aquatic Center the Kentwood High School Boys Swim Team competed at the West Central District III swim meet.

Going into the meet the team had yet to qualify for state in any individual events and had an average year in the dual meet season.

On Friday, the 200 Medley relay (50 yards of each stroke) consisting of seniors Devin Duong, Matthew Shull and Alex Maloy along with new freshman standout Josh Maloy dropped 2.81 seconds. Qualifying them for the state meet, coming within half a second of the school record and moving onto finals.

“We weren’t expecting them to go that fast to be honest. We were hoping they would drop some time and move into a good spot at finals but they defiantly exceeded our expectations,” said head coach Justin Moser. “We had everyone move onto finals, except one swimmer. You can’t ask for more than that.”

To finish up preliminaries Maloy made finals in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.80 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.87, dropping 1.56 seconds off of his best time.

Younger brother and freshman standout Josh Maloy dropped 5.73 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle putting him in 11th place going into finals.

Seniors Dallas George and Duong both made finals in the 100 yard backstroke, both making personal bests. Shull broke the school’s 100 yard breaststroke record set by Logan Ryan in 2009, by more than a second with a time of 1:00.28.

“Coach Edward Quintos and I decided on day one that we were going to focus on the quality of swimming that we do rather than the amount of swimming we do. Which seems to be counter to the culture for most high school teams. Most of our guys only swim three months out of the year, for them to achieve what they have is pretty special and rare. They’ve bought into what we have wanted to do,” Moser said.

The team entered the finals and continued to drop time in its events and putting up state qualifying times.

The 200 Medley relay broke the school record from 2014, with a time of 1:41.82 and taking fourth place.

Alex Maloy took eighth in the 50 freestyle and 4th in the 100 freestyle qualifying for state.

Josh Maloy took 11th place in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:30.79.

Duong and George took 14th and 16th in the 100 yard backstroke.

Shull seeded first in the 100 yard breaststroke and battled it out with club swimming senior Nathan March, taking a close second place. Breaking his own school record he set the night before with a time of 59.67.

Three years ago, Shull swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.

“It’s been a culmination of a lot of focus, being comfortable being uncomfortable, and hard work. But these guys have earned every single bit of it. I am beyond proud of what they have done so far and what they will achieve at the state meet,” Moser said.

The Kentwood boys swim team will wait until next Sunday to see if any of its other swimmers qualified as a wild card into the state meet. The Conks will also find out where they rank among the other teams in districts.

The state meet will take place at the King County Aquatic Center on Feb. 16 and 17.

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