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Archbishop Murphy ends Sehome title string | 2A Boys Swimming

Alec Barnard set four meet records as Archbishop Murphy of Everett ended Sehome's four-year reign as Class 2A boys swim champion.

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FEDERAL WAY — Alec Barnard set four meet records as Archbishop Murphy of Everett ended Sehome's four-year reign as Class 2A boys swim champion on Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.

Archbishop Murphy outscored Sehome, 267 to 237. The Bellingham school had been the only one to win a 2A team title since the classification split away from the 3A meet five years ago.

Barnard, a former two-time winner in the 200-yard freestyle, set meet records in the 50 free (21.45 seconds) and 100 butterfly (50.24). His time in the 50 free eclipsed the record of 21.52 by Braden Mitchell of Mark Morris a year ago. In the 100 fly, Barnard won his third consecutive title while lowering his 2012 record of 51.21.

Barnard also swam on the Wildcats' record-setting 200 and 400 free relays. The Wildcats took down Sehome's mark from a year ago (1:29.31) with a 1:28.50 in the 200 relay and bettered their own mark in the 400 relay of 3:15.52 a year ago, swimming 3:14.26.

Barnard, a senior, was named swimmer of the meet and Archbishop Murphy's Mike McCloskey was named 2A coach of the year. The Wildcats also won the 2A academic team award with a combined grade-point average of 3.951.

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