Boys Swimming Preview: Renton's High Schools Boast Strong Swimmers

All three schools expect swimmers and divers to race at state this year.

All three high school boys swimming and diving teams are expected to make a run for the Seamount League title this season. The teams are also likely to have several swimmers qualify for state in February.

Lindbergh junior Andrew Franco-Munoz looks to better his 2nd-place finish at state last year in the 100 fly and improve on his 10th-place finish in the 50 free where he is the two-time District champion.

Teammate AJ Kim (junior) is also looking to improve on his state time in the 200 IM where he placed 8th last year.

Additional key Eagle swimmers include Aaron Jacobson (4th in 100 fly at state), Tanner Zornes (8th at state diving). New swimmers include freshmen Clayton Miller and Dupree Nugent. Head Coach Roger Miron is in his 18th year as Lindbergh’s swim/dive coach and said this is his largest group of swimmers yet (total of 33).

“We’ve had two seasons finishing in 2nd place at districts; this year, our goal is going after the title,” Miron said.

Renton has four key swimmers including junior Benny Souriyadeth (middle distance free); senior Josh Mehlhaff  (distance free); junior Danny Mar (sprint free); and sophomore Dan Pham (IM and breast).

Hazen has several state-caliber swimmers returning, including Malcolm Mitchell (17th state 200 free, 24th in the 100 free and relays), Connor Broughton (21st 200 IM, 19th in 500 free), Nolan Hoover (16th 100 back), PJ Warmenhoven (3 relays at state), Kyle Nelson (3 relays at state), Brandon Nichols, Aaron Brown, Turner Englehart, Gibson Guadalupe and Austin Wibmer.

Newcomers include Derek Wei and Logan Dickman.

According to assistant head coach Sara Simmons, “Hazen has already posted great individual and relay swims at the Seamount Kick-Off Relay Meet, on November 30. We expect to have strong swims all season and to place in the top two at Leagues and Districts. We expect to take at least eight swimmers to state in individual and relay events and to place in the top 10.”

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