Beaumont earns two medals
Riley Beaumont had to swim for his life last Friday night at the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2A Boys State Swim/Dive Championships.
The Quincy High School swimmer found himself touching the wall in the exact same time as Bellingham’s Brison Pearson in the 100-yard butterfly preliminaries. The time was 55.24 seconds.
This led to a swim-off for the sophomores at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
“They were tied to 1/100th of a second,” said coach Darcy Bruggman.
By rule, the two had to have at least 45 minutes of rest after the event and 25 minutes after the end of the meet. So their sudden-death race became the climactic ending to the first day of the state swim meet. Beaumont was thrown one more curve ball right before the race. His swim cap broke and he was forced to swim without it, which meant he was less streamlined in the water.
It appeared the missing cap was a factor early in the race.
“The whole first half I was behind by a half length, but then I picked it up,” said Beaumont. “It was (huge). I cut like one second.
“I out-touched him.”
His hand hit the wall in 54.49 seconds, which seeded him eighth heading into day two.
“Riley is a competitor,” said Bruggman. “If anybody is going to die trying it’s Riley.”
On the second day, he swam the finals in 55.01 and placed eighth.
He also qualified in the 100-yard backstroke. His time of 57.10 was good for fifth in the prelims. On Saturday he swam a personal best of 55.79 and placed fourth.
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