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Catching Up with Ketchum
Catching Up with Ketchum
November 21, 2023

MIHS Boys Swim and Dive Defeats Rival Bellevue

Brooks Kahsai

The MIHS Boys Swim and Dive defeated Bellevue by a score of 105-75 on Thursday, Jan. 12. This is the boys’ fourth meet this season, and their third win.

This year’s team is led by new head coach Craig Nisgor and captains Emmett Ralston, Nolan Knievel and Coy Hounsell, who have high hopes for the team, including winning State.

“We want to qualify as many swimmers for KingCo, Districts and State as we can,” senior Matt Williamson said.

The team is currently looking strong, with 32 swimmers qualified for the KingCo Championship meet, 22 swimmers qualified for Districts and eight qualified for State.

“The Bellevue meet was a lot of fun. There was some good competition, and it was a great performance from the team to emerge with a victory,” Williamson said.

At their meet against their rivals, MIHS swimmers were prepared to swim fast. There were two State qualifying times this meet by Matt Williamson and Evan Liu, both in the 100 butterfly. Williamson’s time posted the seventh fastest performance in school history of 100 butterfly, and Liu the fourteenth fastest performer in school history.

Freshman diver Shane Kornblum also had a great meet, moving up to twenty-first in school history for six dives. As the season progresses, the divers are looking strong and doing more complicated dives.

The team is looking forward to a strong finish in their season, and preparing to swim fast at post-season championship meets. The team’s next meet is taking place this Thursday, Jan. 19, against Issaquah at 3:30 p.m. At this meet, the seniors will be recognized and honored during the first break.

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Brooks Kahsai, Multimedia Team/Lead Photographer
Brooks Kahsai is an MIHS Senior and four-year member of The Islander. In previous years, he has served as a staff writer, Back Page Editor and the Photography Editor. This year he is excited to return as The Islander’s Photography Editor. Outside of school, Brooks is a dedicated member of the Black Student Union, and he enjoys photography, coding, singing and spending time with friends.

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