Beaumont third at state swimming
Riley Beaumont cut more than two seconds from his personal best time in the 100-yard backstroke last weekend to place third at the Washington High School State Swimming Meet.
His time was 54.22 seconds – just behind the second-place finisher.
“I was extremely happy with my time,” he said. “If I would have taken off a tenth or two tenths (of a second) I would have been second.”
The race is a sprint, so there was no strategizing. Instead, Beaumont said he just swam as fast as he could and was confident he could go out fast in the first 50 yards and still have plenty left for the final half.
“I relied on my training,” Beaumont said. “At 75 yards, I was close to beating the guy in second.”
The QHS junior also qualified for state in the 50-yard freestyle. In Friday’s preliminaries, Beaumont set another personal record but finished ninth, which put him in the consolation bracket where he could finish no better than ninth.
“In the prelims, I swam the race perfectly but at the wall I should have taken another stroke and I would have been sixth of seventh,” Beaumont said.
The meet was held at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Beaumont’s friends and family members were there to watch him compete.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I wasn’t nervous. I’m not a nervous person. I was talking with my coach and joking around on finals day.”
Beaumont was the only athlete to represent QHS in swimming this season. He kept his competitive edge by working out with the Eastmont High School swimming team in an East Wenatchee pool.