Bellevue sweeps relays to win Washington boys class 3A state title

Bellevue High School topped all three relays to swim away with the Washington class 3A boys state title over the weekend.

Bellevue won only those three relays, but had two or more A finalists in every swimming event but the 100 breast to ultimately crush the field with 406 points.

Things kicked off with a dominant 200 medley relay win in 1:36.47 from the team of Marco Stanchi, Andrew Lee, Sabastian Steen and Zach Rossman. The lone senior on the relay, Stanchi led the way with a 25.21 backstroke split, the best in the field.

The 200 free relay paired Steen and Rossman with Thomas Eggenberger and Daniel Prang to go 1:26.18, winning by more than a second. Pran was 20.91 on the anchor leg to seal the win.

Finally, Prang and Stanchi joined two of the team’s star freshmen, Nathan Shao and Andrew Boden, to go 3:10.10 in the 400 free relay, led by a 47.07 leadoff leg from Prang.

Outside of Bellevue, which got a lot of its points from freshmen and sophomores, the meet was very senior-dominated. Three different seniors won a pair of events apiece.

Cascade Swim Club standout and Stanford commit Abrahm Devine of Lakeside High was the big individual star, sweeping the 200 IM and 100 fly. Devine went 1:50.26 in the IM, winning by over four seconds, and added a 49.95 win in the 100 fly, coming with in .9 seconds of the class 3A state record.

Kennedy Catholic’s Tommy Thach also doubled up. The future TCU Horned Frog went 1:38.47 to crush the 200 free field, missing the meet record by just three tenths. Thach would come back to win the 100 backstroke in 51.19.

The other double winner was Mercer Island’s Ian Caldwell, who took home titles in the 50 free (21.00) and 100 free (45.80).

Other individual winners:

  • O’Dea’s Casey Benson won 1-meter diving with a score of 453.95
  • Glacier Peak senior Cam Wunderlich took the 500 free with a 4:35.90
  • Franklin junior Dean Nguyen won the 100 breast, going 57.70 to touch out Bainbridge’s CJ Waite by .02

Full results

Top 5 Teams

  1. Bellevue – 406
  2. Mercer Island – 225
  3. Lakeside – 154
  4. Hazen – 146
  5. Kennedy Catholic – 142

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