Edward Kim wins record 7th and 8th state titles

February 26, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Eastlake’s Edward Kim didn’t need directions to find the top of the winners’ podium at the 4A state swimming championships Feb. 21-22.

After all, the march across the blue, hex-shaped steps at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center had become a familiar path for the Eastlake senior.

Ed Kim, an Eastlake senior, takes a breath after winning his second state title. Kim won eight during his high school career, the maximum possible in Washington state. For more see Page 8.  Photo by Greg Farrar

Ed Kim, an Eastlake senior, takes a breath after winning his second state title. Kim won eight during his high school career, the maximum possible in Washington state. For more see Page 8. Photo by Greg Farrar

He ascended those stairs for the last time in his storied high school career Feb. 22, after collecting his record seventh and eighth individual state titles.

“I’m kind of sad, but happy at the same time, because it was a great finish,” he said after his final race.

Kim, who will swim for Harvard next year, became just the second male swimmer in state history to win eight individual state titles with his victories in both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle.

He captured the 200 with an automatic All-America time of 1 minute, 37.42 seconds, and the 100 in 43.90, also an automatic All-America time.

Since swimmers are allowed to race in only two individual events per season at state, Kim’s accomplishment means that he won every time he competed solo.

Shortly after achieving one of his greatest high school swimming goals, the significance of what he had done hadn’t quite sunk in yet as the meet came to a close.

“It still hasn’t. I don’t think it will for a few days,” he said with a smile.

For all of his individual accolades, though, Kim was quick to point out that what he will miss most about his high school career are his teammates.

It seemed fitting, then, that Kim’s last high school swim, and last trip to the state podium, was with his 400-yard freestyle relay teammates Markus Zimmerman, Chirag Das and Jackson Berman.

That relay team placed fourth with a time of 3:14.48.

“We could not have finished it better,” he said. “The team aspect is my favorite part, and that’s what I’ll be leaving behind. I’ll definitely miss that.”

Berman, a junior, also came away with an individual medal, placing seventh in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:47.84.

Caleb Alleva, Kim, Berman and Zimmerman combined to take sixth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:30.13.

 

Skyline swimmers

medal at state

Skyline senior Paul Jett wrapped up his high-school swimming career with three medals, two of them individuals, at the state meet.

Jett swam the 50-yard freestyle in 22.75, good for eighth place, before taking fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.21.

“It’s a big deal,” he said of making it to state. “It’s not really about the medals, though. It’s more about the team.”

Fellow senior Ryan Collins also took home an individual medal, earning eighth place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.57.

Skyline’s last medal came in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Nick D’Alo, Jacob Leahy, Collins and Jett placed seventh in 1:30.81.

“Being a senior, I don’t know if I would have swam my four years if it wasn’t for this great team,” Jett said. “These guys are probably my best friends.”

Bookmark and Share
Other Stories of Interest: , ,

Comments

One Response to “Edward Kim wins record 7th and 8th state titles”

  1. Thursday’s Link Attack: NKorea Launches Missiles Into Sea; 2NE1′s New Album Sweeps Charts; Steven Yeun’s New Restaurant « KoreAm Journal – Korean America's Premier Magazine on February 27th, 2014 12:59 pm

    […] Kim wins record 7th and 8th state titles Sammammish Review […]

Got something to say?

Before you comment, please note:

  • These comments are moderated.
  • Comments should be relevant to the topic at hand and contribute to its discussion.
  • Personal attacks and/or excessive profanity will not be tolerated and such comments will not be approved.
  • This is not your personal chat room or forum, so please stay on topic.