Bai, Hiett swim to a pair of district titles


The Mirror

David Bai and Jon Hiett seem primed to contend for state swimming championships.

Bai, a senior from Jefferson, and Hiett, a Beamer senior, rolled to a pair of individual titles Saturday at the Class 4A West Central District boys swimming finals at Rogers High School.

Both Bai and Hiett are state-championship meet veterans. Bai won both district and state championships on a relay team for the Raiders two years ago and Hiett was Beamer’s first-ever state qualifier in any sport in 2004. He didn’t compete in high school last year to concentrate on his club swimming.

While Bai and Hiett were the individual stars Saturday at the district meet, the Curtis Vikings rolled to the team championship. Curtis, the SPSL South regular-season champs, outdistanced Kentridge. Decatur, the defending 4A state champions, ended up in fourth place.

Bai was dominating in his two titles Saturday. The TJ senior took control of the 100- and 200-yard freestyles right out of the blocks. Bai won the 100 in 48.91 and the 200 in 1:45.54. Both times were near meet-records.

Hiett did get a meet record after winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 58.05. The old mark, set in 2000, was 58.38 and Hiett’s time kept him on top of the Class 4A leaders in the event.

But the Beamer senior’s win in the 200 individual medley might have been the most impressive swim of the district meet. Hiett entered Saturday’s finals as the third seed behind Kentwood’s Kyle Corcoran and Decatur’s Seamus Alger, but finished the race in 1:58.29. The time — seven seconds better than his preliminary swim — is also tops in Class 4A entering the state championships.

Hiett will also be swimming in Beamer’s first-ever state relay with Kyle Cassinerio, Kyle Christensen and Sei Jin Baeg in the 200 medley. The team finished third Saturday in 1:45.30.

Decatur picked up a pair of district championship swims Saturday. Alger came from behind to outdistance Kentridge’s Greg Hulse in the 100 butterfly by a mere .13 seconds. Decatur also won the final event of the meet — the 400 free relay — in a time of 3:21.50.

The team included Keith Arns, Tommy Cunningham, Stephen Sullivan and Alger.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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