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Hiett hauls in pair of state titles
By CASEY OLSON
The atmosphere inside the King County Aquatic Center was electric Saturday night. But why wouldnt it be? The Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships is by far the biggest event the athletes take part in during the season.
Beamers Jon Hiett took full advantage of being on center stage when he went a perfect two-for-two at the state championships. The senior swam to a pair of individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke. The two gold medals were the first state titles for the 3-year-old school.
This is the meet that makes high school swimming so great, Hiett said after capturing the individual medley championship. The crowd and everything is just awesome.
Hiett missed out on the state championships a season ago. As a junior, Hiett decided not to compete for Beamer to concentrate on swimming for his club team.
Im really excited about winning Beamers first (state title), he said.
The 200 individual crown might have been the most unexpected title for Hiett. He entered the SPSL Championships as the third seed in the event before slicing seven seconds off his personal-best swim to win the league title with a time of 1:58.29.
On Saturday, Hiett cut almost five more seconds off his time with an automatic All-American swim of 1:53.83 after entering the finals as the No. 2 seed after Fridays preliminaries behind Wilsons Shawn Bertrand.
During Saturdays final, Hiett hung with Bertrand through the opening backstroke and butterfly legs before pulling away during the breaststroke and freestyle. Bertrand ended up finishing third behind Decaturs Seamus Alger.
Winning the breaststroke wasnt as