FEDERAL WAY — Olympic junior Dietrich Meyer is well on his way to becoming one of the best sprinters in West Sound history.
For the third consecutive year, Meyer won the 2A state championship in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races. And for the second year in a row, he broke his own state meet record in the 100.
His two titles and his fast splits in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay helped the Trojans to a third-consecutive top-four finish at state.
And aside from again breaking his own record in the 100, he also set his own personal best time in the 50, getting under 21 seconds for the first time. He noted that he actually took an extra stroke at the end instead of gliding and could possibly shave off a bit more time.
“I’m incredibly excited that I finally did that,” Meyer said. “I’m also excited that I know I could have gone faster.”
Finishing right behind him in the 50 was his twin brother Rainer, who edged out Trae Babcock of Cheney by one one-hundredth of a second. It was the second year in a row of pair of Meyer brothers finished first and second in the state event. Last year, older brother Haakon finished second behind Dietrich in the 100-yard freestyle.
“I knew I could get second,” Rainer Meyer said. “I’ve actually never gotten a 21 like that ever before, that’s my fastest time, but I knew I had it in me and Dieter pushed me.”
In the 100, Dietrich Meyer took seven one-hundredths of a second off his state meet time, finishing in 46.36 seconds. That race initially looked like it would be closer as Jacob Erickson of Anacortes actually had a better seed time, but Meyer swam well in prelims and then pulled away in the finals, finishing with a comfortable margin.
“I like the 100 because if you make a mistake you can fight to make up for it,” Meyer said. “But in the 50 if you make that mistake you can’t make it up.”
Ryan Burchell, the third returning member of last year’s state championship team, was not to be outdone as he won a surprise state championship in the 100-yard butterfly. Burchell was seeded second, but based on the prelims, it was anyone’s race. Burchell and Beau Omdal of Anacortes were separated by five one-hundredths of a second and the top four finished within six tenths of a second of another. It was his first-ever first place finish at state.
“I had my eyes on him pretty much the whole time,” Burchell said. “But it was one of those things where it was so close you can’t really anticipate who’s going to win or not. You have to put your head down and go for it.”
Rainer Meyer took third in the 100-yard backstroke and the trio teamed up with Stefan Anthony to finish second and third respectively in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.
Kingston’s Rocco Velie finished third in the 200-yard individual medley and was the fourth-place finisher in that extremely tight 100-yard butterfly race. He was also part of Kingston’s sixth place 200-yard freestyle relay.
North Kitsap freshman Ian Stefanski made a nice debut at the state meet, taking fourth in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. James Correll took fifth in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Isaac Beers finished fifth the 100-yard backstroke and eighth in the 100-yard butterfly.
At the 3A state meet, Central Kitsap’s James Sanchez finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51.08, breaking his own school record. He also jumped into the “A” finals in the 100-yard backstroke and took eighth with a time of 52.93.
“He was a different kid — mature, calculated and determined,” said Central Kitsap head coach Whitney Dodd. “I’m so proud of the person and swimmer he’s become.”
2A state meet
Individual events (local results)
200-yard medley relay — Olympic “A” (R. Meyer, Anthony, Burchell, D. Meyer), third, 1:38.78; North Kitsap “A” (Beers, Correll, Grubb, Stefanski), sixth, 1:42.98; Kingston “A” (Near, McCollum, Lanning, Leon), 16th, 1:52.93.
200-yard freestyle — Ryan Burchell, Olympic, second, 1:44.04; Ian Stefanski, North Kitsap, fourth, 1:46.21.
200-yard IM — Rocco Velie, Kingston, third, 1:58.61; James Correll, North Kitsap, fifth, 2:01.85.
50-yard freestyle — Dietrich Meyer, Olympic, first, 20.93; Rainer Meyer, Olympic, second, 21.69.
1-meter diving — Evan Yamane, Kingston, 15th, 201.75.
100-yard butterfly — Ryan Burchell, Olympic, first, 52.04; Rocco Velie, Kingston, fourth, 52.61; Isaac Beers, North Kitsap, eighth, 54.10.
100-yard freestyle — Dietrich Meyer, Olympic, first, 46.36.
500-yard freestyle — Ian Stefanski, North Kitsap, fourth, 4:51.48; Gage Hendryx, North Kitsap, 15th, 5:16.85.
200-yard freestyle relay — Kingston “A” (Yamane, Near, Lanning, Velie), sixth, 1:33.96; Olympic “A” (Anthony, Macazo, Morrey, Shelton), 15th, 1:39.43.
100-yard backstroke — Rainer Meyer, Olympic, second, 52.96; Isaac Beers, North Kitsap, fifth, 54.63.
100-yard breaststroke — James Correll, North Kitsap, fourth, 1:00.99; Sean Markow, North Kitsap, 14th, 1:06.08.
400-yard freestyle relay — Olympic “A” (R. Meyer, Anthony, Burchell, D. Meyer), second, 3:15.71; North Kitsap “A” (Beers, Grubb, Correll, Stefanski), seventh, 3:23.62.