By JOHN McCALLUM
Editor's note: In last week's edition, Feb. 22, we inadvertently ran last year's story on Ryan Nadeau's performance at the boys' state swimming competition. Below are this year's state results. We apologize for the mix-up.
Cheney swimmer Ryan Nadeau ended his high school swimming career with a solid performance at last weekend's 2A/3A state swimming meet in Federal Way.
The senior set a school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a preliminary heat time of 54.96 seconds, less than a half-second from qualifying him for the eight-man finals heat.
In the consolation race on Saturday, Nadeau still swam well, finishing fourth in the heat and 13th overall with a time of 55.55.
Camas's Keenan Natyzak outpaced everyone for the state title in the butterfly, posting a 52.07 time in the prelims, and winning by almost two seconds (50.48) over second-place Tyler Hayden of Shorecrest in the finals.
Nadeau and Ellensburg's Zack Ponchene, who finished sixth overall, were the only 2A swimmers competing at state in the event.
Nadeau is planning to accept an offer to compete at the collegiate level for the Whitworth College men's swimming team, his father, Rob Nadeau, said.
The NCAA Division III Pirates have won five straight Northwest Conference men's championships.
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