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Redmond's Klassen, Graham lead the way to state | Swimming and Diving
4A Kingco and district diving champ Eric Klassen will lead Redmond High into the state meet for his fourth straight year this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Mustang senior will also compete in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Redmond junior Xavier Graham will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke and all three relays, as well. It will be his third year at state.
Other Mustangs on the relays are Samuel Jonsson (all three), Ryan Harper (200 MR), Ben Choe (200 free) and Jack Markling (400 free).
Coach Julie Barashkoff noted that Graham also qualified for state in the 100-yard butterfly, but passed on that race to swim with all three relays. Swimmers can only compete in four events at state.
“They’re very team oriented and their goal was to qualify for state in all three relays,” she said. “They worked really hard for that. It’s really been an amazing year for these guys.”
Barashkoff praised Graham and added that it’s rare for a swimmer to bow out of an individual event to swim in all three relays.
Klassen placed second at state last year, Graham took 13th in the 100-yard free and both Mustangs swam on the 15th-place 200 MR.