KHS swim team could be the one

KINGSTON — At least two-thirds of Kingston High School’s boys swimmers swam for a team before. That’s good news, since the team sent a single swimmer to State last season.

Kevin Fox, who competed in the 200-yard individual medley at the 2A State Championships at the King County Aquatics Center, seeded with a time of 2 minutes 18.10 seconds. This season, Fox may not be alone in the waters of the Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The team has approximately 15 seniors and 25 total swimmers, most of which have improved since Laura Tetrick last coached the team in 2009-10. When the swimmers she coached two years ago are in the water, she said she doesn’t recognize them.

“Now I’m looking at these guys and saying, ‘Who’s that,’ ” she said.

As far as the team goes, Fox, a senior, said the team just needs to continue doing what it’s doing. It’s difficult to tell where the team’s strengths and weaknesses lie. Fox said he expects to have a winning team this year.

Individually, he knows what it takes to get through the season and into the state championships. He swims year-round with the Poulsbo Piranhas.

Fox placed fourth in the West Central District III championship finals (2:18.10). He placed 16th at State (2:18.92).

“I think we’re going to have a pretty strong team this year,” he said.

The Kingston High School swim team was scheduled for its first meet of the season against Olympic and Klahowya high schools Thursday, at Klahowya.

“Every year [coaches] are like, this is the year,” Tetrick said, adding that this season actually could be the most successful the team has seen.

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