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E-W starting off strong, breaking school records | Boys swimming

 

December 20, 2018



Edmonds-Woodway is making some serious waves to start out the season.

The Warriors broke two school records during their 92-83 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco South boys swimming dual meet earlier this month at Shoreline Pool.

Anton Teplouhov won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.28 seconds and Jeff Plum finished second in the 100 backstroke in 55.77. Perhaps even more significant was the state qualifying time by Edmonds-Woodway’s winning 200 medley relay squad of Plum, Daniel Eno, Niko Inadomi and Lukas Mraz. The four clocked in at 1:42.01.

“It was pretty intense,” senior co-captain Mraz said of first meet of the season. “It was a pretty strong showing.”

The record-breaking and state qualifying times were a pleasant surprise for the Warriors.

“We didn’t think we’d get it in this early because it was the first meet of the year,” Mraz said. “It was very cool to see.”

The offseason work by many of the Warriors, especially the seniors, is helping fuel the fast start to the 2018-19 season.

“For the first time in all of our high school careers we practiced together in the offseason,” senior co-captain Eno said. “We’re at the same place that we left off last year. That’s really inspiring.”

With a talented senior class and other strong individuals, this year’s team is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory.

“We have lots of depth,” senior co-captain Anthony Edwards said. “Our team has only grown since I’ve been here. We have lots of firepower. We can do well at districts and state. … We are trying to break as many school records as possible.”

Edwards advanced in the 200 and 500 freestyles at last year’s 3A state championships. He wasn’t the only Warrior to make the trip to the King County Aquatic Center.

Eno competed in the 100 breaststroke and Plum swam in the 100 backstroke. The two also were members of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. All three of the Warriors’ relays advanced to the state championships. Yuteng Wang also competed in the 100 breaststroke and swam on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Eno is hoping to qualify for the 100 breaststroke finals.

“I also want to make sure all of our relays make it to finals,” he added. “I think we’re all capable of it. We have a lot of fantastic swimmers on the team this year.”

Other Warriors to pull out victories against Shorecrest included Wang in the 200 and 500 freestyles, Eno in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, Plum in the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle relay team of Inadomi, Teplouhov, Mraz and Wang and the 400 freestyle squad of Wang, Eno, Plum and Teplouhov.

Edmonds-Woodway takes on district rivals Meadowdale and Mountlake Terrace in the final double dual meet of the year at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at Lynnwood Pool.

The Warriors plan to keep busy during the holiday break.

“We’re going to rev things up a little bit with the yardage,” Mraz said. “We’re going to try and get as much work as we can outside of the pool, doing some runs and weight training.”

The goal is to come back in the New Year with the same or better times.

“It’s kind of easy to get complacent over the holiday break,” Eno said. “It’s important to come back as strong as we left the break. We have to keep up the pressure in practice.”

 

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