The Hazen boys swim team topped rivals Lindbergh and Renton at Renton’s revived all-city swim meet Tuesday.
Hazen coach Diane Dobson said the three schools have competed in annual all-city meets before but coaches halted the event about 10 years ago. Dobson, along with Lindbergh coach Roger Miron and Renton coach Diane Pavelin, decided to restart the event this year.
“It was a fun, low-pressure meet,” Dobson said. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to experience a championship meet.”
Event organizers handed out medals to swimmers at the non-league meet, held at the Hazen pool.
“We’re pretty pleased with how it went,” Dobson said. “We’ll probably start doing it every year again.”
Hazen scored 152 points, followed by Lindbergh at 100 and Renton at 65.
Rundown of event winners: Hazen won the 200 medley relay with a team of Nathan Tat, Eric Carlson, Thao Heffernan and Emoniel Isakharov.
Hazen’s Corbin Kozai won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke events. The sophomore was also part of Hazen’s winning 400 freestyle relay.
Tat won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breastroke.
Lindbergh’s Manuel Roman won the 50 freestyle. His time of 22.98 was nearly two seconds faster than any other swimmer. Roman also won the 100 butterfly and was part of Lindbergh’s winning 200 freestyle relay.
Roman is a foreign exchange student from Ecuador. Miron knew nothing about him until Roman jumped into the pool the first day of practice and started swimming.
“You could tell right away he has some experience,” Miron said. “He’s a diamond in the rough for us.”
Hazen’s Alex Klemetsen won the one-meter diving competition and was on Hazen’s winning 400 freestyle relay.
Tommy Truong won the 100 freestyle and was part of the 400 freestyle relay team for Hazen.
Carlson won the 500 freestyle.
Lindbergh won the 200 freestyle relay with Adrain Franco, Tim Hillar-Catello, Yuseng Kim and Roman.
Hazen won the 400 freestyle relay with Kozai, Klementsen, Isakharov and Truong.