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Columbia River, Camas looking for big moments at state swimming

Finals for three championship meets are Saturday in Federal Way

The Columbia River boys swimming team is looking for its best finish in program history when the Chieftains compete in Federal Way this weekend.

Columbia River is sending seven swimmers who are competing in 13 individual events, and the Chieftains have entries in all three relay teams.

Plus, there are four events that have the Chieftains seeded first.

Josh Bottelberghe is the top seed in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Teammate Rob Mead is No. 1 in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Josh Bottelberghe is the top seed in his two individual events this week at the Class 2A state swimming championships. But he said he is more excited about his team’s chances of winning a title. Photo by Camila Gomez
Josh Bottelberghe is the top seed in his two individual events this week at the Class 2A state swimming championships. But he said he is more excited about his team’s chances of winning a title. Photo by Camila Gomez

Two of River’s relay teams also are seeded in the top three.

Isaiah Ross of Washougal is the No. 2 seed in the 100 butterfly. Joe Dodd of Hockinson is seeded fourth in the fly.

The WIAA’s state swimming and diving championships are Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center. All classifications have preliminary races Friday, and the finals are set for Saturday.

Camas has high expectations in the Class 4A meet. The Papermakers are the top seed in 200 freestyle relay. Mark Kim is No. 2 going into the 200 freestyle and No. 3 in the 500 freestyle. Eric Wu is No. 2 in the 200 individual medley and No. 3 in the 100 butterfly. And Jaden Kim is No. 2 in the 100 butterfly.

Camas leads the Clark County teams at the 4A meet with seven individuals at state.

Mountain View has five individuals in the 3A meet. Evergreen’s Ilia Zablotoviskii is the fourth seed in the 100 backstroke.

Here is the list of the 31 individual entries from Clark County as well as any relay teams:

Class 4A

Battle Ground:
Marcello Lombardi: 50 freestyle
Sam Anderson: 50 freestyle
Alex Curran: 100 backstroke

Relay teams: 200 medley; 200 freestyle

Camas:
Mark Kim: 200 freestyle (No. 2 seed); 500 freestyle (No. 3 seed)
Finn McClone: 200 freestyle; 100 backstroke
Eric Wu: 200 individual medley (No. 2 seed); 100 butterfly (No. 3 seed)

David Peddie: 200 individual medley

Christopher Xia: 50 freestyle; 100 freestyle
Jaden Kim: 100 butterfly (No. 2 seed)
Austin Fogel: 500 freestyle
Relay teams: 200 medley; 200 freestyle (No. 1 seed); 400 freestyle (No. 3 seed)

Union:
Nick Wahlman: 200 individual medley; 100 breaststroke
Pierce Ammentorp: 50 freestyle; 100 freestyle
Tony Kajino: 100 backstroke
Val Tikhomirov: 100 breaststroke
Relay teams: 200 medley; 400 freestyle

Class 3A

Evergreen:

Ilia Zablotoviskii: 200 freestyle; 100 backstroke (No. 4 seed)

Mountain View:

Christian Madden: 200 freestyle; 500 freestyle
Tenzin Zingkha: 200 individual medley
Fred Grimshaw: 50 freestyle; 100 freestyle
Jacob McCarthy: 100 butterfly
Jeremiah Fassler: 500 freestyle
Relay teams: 200 medley; 200 freestyle; 400 freestyle

Class 2A

Columbia River:

Josh Bottelberghe: 200 freestyle (No. 1 seed); 100 breastroke (No. 1 seed).
Sam Walker: 200 freestyle; 500 freestyle
Elijah Parish: 200 individual medley; 100 butterfly
Simon Parish: 200 individual medley; 100 backstroke
Rob Mead: 100 freestyle (No. 1 seed); 100 backstroke (No. 1 seed)
Ben Phelps: 100 freestyle
Daniel Ishchuk: 500 freestyle; 100 backstroke
Relay teams: 200 medley (No. 3 seed); 200 freestyle (No. 2 seed); 400 freestyle

Hockinson:
Joe Dodd: 50 freestyle; 100 butterfly (No. 4 seed)
Evan Oja: 100 freestyle; 100 backstroke
Relay team: 200 freestyle

Washougal:
Daniel Brown: 50 freestyle; 100 butterfly
Isaiah Ross: 100 butterfly (No. 2 seed)

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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