High school boys swimming: More than 20 Clark County athletes going to state meet

Sam Empey of Union qualifies for the 50 freestyle with the fastest time in the state as two dozen swimmers from the county prepare for final meet of the season

Looks like a promising weekend for several Clark County swimmers to place at state


Clark County high school swimmers are set for their state championships this week in Federal Way.

There are 24 athletes from Clark County schools who qualified for the 2022 Boys State Swim and Dive Championships at the King County Aquatic Center. The event begins Thursday and concludes Saturday.

One of those athletes has the fastest qualifying time in his event. Union’s Sam Empey is listed No. 1 on the psych sheet for the Class 4A 50-yard freestyle. He is listed third in the 100 butterfly, as well.

Union swimmer Sam Empey has the fastest qualifying time of all Class 4A boys swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle. Photo courtesy Union High School
Union swimmer Sam Empey has the fastest qualifying time of all Class 4A boys swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle. Photo courtesy Union High School

Teammate Owen Robertson is seeded fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle.

Union’s 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams also are in the top four going into state competition.

Columbia River’s Liam Noftsker is seeded third in both the Class 2A 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. 

Hockinson’s Liam Dunn is listed fourth in the 2A 100 backstroke. 

Here is the list of all Clark County swimmers who have qualified for state. Those who are seeded in the top five are noted.

Class 4A

Battle Ground
Carsten Hicks 50 freestyle; 100 butterfly

Camas
Nathan Kim 200 IM; 100 backstroke

Sahn Him 50 freestyle; 100 breaststroke

James Crawford 100 butterfly; 500 freestyle 

Tyler Torve 100 breaststroke 

Plus: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay

Union

Owen Robertston 200 freestyle (5th seed); 500 freestyle (4th)

Sam Empey 50 freestyle (1st); 100 butterfly (3rd)

Steven Empey 50 freestyle

Alexander Wahlman 100 freestyle

Plus: 200 medley relay (3rd); 200 free relay (4th); 400 free relay

Class 3A

Heritage
Drew Gunderson 200 IM; 100 backstroke

Mountain View

Justin Xue 50 freestyle; 100 breaststroke

Owen Wong 50 freestyle; 100 freestyle

Yonten Ghadong 100 butterfly; 100 backstroke. 

Plus: 200 medley relay; 200 freestyle relay

Prairie

Kairos Phed 200 freestyle; 100 butterfly

Vladyslav Phed 200 freestyle; 100 backstroke

Jack Houlahan 200 IM, 500 freestyle

Seth Hahn 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle

Troy Delp 500 freestyle

Plus: 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay

Class 2A

Columbia River

Owen Yamashita 200 IM; 100 butterfly

Liam Noftsker 100 freestyle (3rd); 100 backstroke (3rd)

Plus: 200 medley relay; 400 freestyle relay

Fort Vancouver

Tarik Kurta 50 freestyle; 100 freestyle

Hockinson

Parker Dangleis, 200 freestyle; 100 freestyle

Liam Dunn 50 freestyle; 100 backstroke (4th)

Plus: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay

Washougal

Harry DeShazer 100 breaststroke

For ticket information, pandemic protocols, and more information, go to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association page for state swimming: https://www.wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=318

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