The Camas High School Boys Swim team won their fourth consecutive District title Thursday at Propstra Pool, with a final score of 459, soundly beating four other schools and finishing off a dominate season.
The Papermakers earned first place finishes in nine of 11 events, and Kasey Calwell earned a personal record in the 200 IM, with a time of 1:58.25, dropping four seconds off his time. Calwell swims for Camas, but attends King’s Way Christian School in Vancouver.
Skyview’s Eric Bugna won the two other events, the 100 Fly with a time of 53.04, in a neck-and-neck race with Lucas Ulmer, of Camas, as well as the 100 Backstroke. The two are best friends and fierce competitors.
Camas got off to a great start with the 200 Medley Relay, which consisted of Calwell, Jake Yraceburu, Ulmer and John Utas. The team finished first with 1:46.85. Skyview’s relay team placed second, and consisted of Bugna, Jake Breuer, Mason Leavitt, and Nick Anderson. Union, Heritage and Evergreen also competed in Thursday’s meet.
Seth Albert won the 200 Free with a time of 1:53.9, while Papermaker Max Urbanek placed second.
“It just feels so great,” said Albert. “I came here ready to compete and win. It’s been a great meet.”
Calwell was beaming after his victory in the 200 IM. He was followed by Skyview’s Jake Breuer, who clocked in at 2:03.47, which is also a state cut.
|Papermaker Victory! Camas Boys Swim Team won their fourth
consecutive District Championship.
|Camas sophomore Max Urbanek moments after winning the 500 Free event.|
“This is my best time ever – at club or high school – for this event,” said Calwell. His smile was contagious.
Camas took all three top spots in the 50 Free as John Utas won with a time of 23.02. Yraceburu came in second, with 23.42, and Sean Yan was third at 24.14.
Albert also won the 100 Free with a time of 52.10.
Long-distance swimmer Max Urbanek was the favorite to win the 500 Free and didn’t disappoint by placing first with a time of 5:11.85. Nick Panebianco, of Camas, placed second.
Camas owned the 200 Free Relay besting Skyview and Union. The team was made up of Trent Harimoto, Sean Yan, Utas, and Albert. Their time was 1:33.26.
Bugna wasn’t about to let Camas take it all by winning the 100 Backstroke. Ulmer was a close second.
“It was a good race,” said Bugna. “It’s been fun.”
Yraceburu won the 100 Breastroke with a time of 1:01.71. “It’s been awesome to win all four years,” said Yraceburu.
The Papermakers finished off the night with a victory in the 400 Free Relay. Calwell, Yraceburu, Albert and Ulmer finished off the competition with a time of 3:25.59.
Camas Swim Coach, Mike Bemis, said: “These times are what we’re shooting for, and I think we can do even better at state.”
Event winners and those who qualified for state travel to Federal Way for the 4A State Championships next week at the King County Aquatic Center.
A Lacamas Magazine video report on the District Championships will be released soon.
|Lucas Ulmer, center, along with two teammates, Kasey Calwell and Jake
Yraceburu, along with John Utaas won the 200 Medley Relay.
|Jake Yraceburu had a great night at Thursday’s meet.|