By Dan Trujillo
Daniel Brown, Isaiah Ross and Landon Schmid are blazing a trail for Washougal swimmers.
Ross qualified for state in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100 butterfly during Saturday’s 2A district championship meet, at Mark Morris High School in Longview. Brown also punched his ticket to the King County Aquatic Center in the 50 free and could be considered as a wild card entry into the state 100 butterfly swim.
Brown and Ross raced side-by-side in the 100 fly Saturday. Ross clinched first place and set a new district meet record time of 59.1 seconds. Joe Dodd of Hockinson followed in second place, and Brown grabbed third place.
“It was cool to race a teammate,” Ross said. “And then Joe on the other side, he was really fast. It was a good race. I was amped up for it.”
Dodd and Ross exchanged leads throughout the two laps, until Ross surged ahead during the final 25 meters to the wall.
“It was intense, but I wasn’t going to let him beat me,” Ross said.
Brown earned second place in the 50 free with a time of 23.02 seconds. Dodd won the race in 22.44. Ross earned second place in the 200 free with a time of 1:43.74. Josh Bottelberghe of Columbia River clinched first place in 1:43.74.
“My goal is to win state in the 100 fly and be right up there with Josh in the 200 free,” Ross said.
Brown, Ross and Schmid have been swimming together for the past three years. They hope a fourth member from Washougal joins the team next season so they can compete in the relay races during their senior year.
They say the more Panthers in the pool, the merrier.
The 2A state boys swimming championships take place Friday and Saturday evening at the King County Aquatic Center, in Federal Way.
For event times and results during the state meet, visit www.wiaa.com. Updates will also be available on the Lacamas Magazine’s Twitter feed.