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Yingling takes 5th at state

Kingman High’s Patrick Webb grabs some air during the 200-yard individual medley during an Oct. 17 meet at the Del E. Webb Wellness Center. Webb finished 16th in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday’s AIA D-II State Swimming Championships in Mesa.

KINGMAN - Everyone wishes they could be at the right place at the right time. Kingman High's David Yingling got one but not the other in the 100-yard freestyle during Saturday's AIA Division II State Swimming Championships in Mesa. Yingling finished fifth with a time of 49.79 seconds.

"I wish I would have done better time-wise," Yingling said. "But I'm happy place-wise because there was a lot of great competition."

The senior did improve from his preliminary time of 50.41, but it wasn't enough as Gilbert Classical Academy's Austin Baker took the state title in 48.20.

"There were a lot of really fast kids, but in swimming one-half of a second can mean a lot," Yingling said. "I messed up quite a few times, and those little things add up. If you don't push off the wall correctly and cause yourself some drag, you lose that half-second and that can cost you some places."

Yingling also swam in the 50 freestyle, placing 16th. Though his high school swimming career is over, he plans to keep water around him in the future.

"I'm trying to get in the Coast Guard's rescue swimmer program," he said. "Hopefully, I can get some education paid for and become an aqua-pipe welder."

Yingling had two teammates join him at the state meet. Patrick Webb finished 16th in the 200 freestyle and was knocked out of Saturday's championship round in the 500 freestyle during Friday's preliminaries.

Max Rose was also knocked out Friday when he finished 28th in the 100 backstroke. Rose improved his place by three spots after entering the meet seeded 31st.

Remarkably, KHS finished 29th in the team standings despite having only three swimmers for five events. The Bulldogs finished ahead of Flagstaff, Greenway, Estrella Foothills, Apache Junction and Catalina Magnet at the 34-team meet.


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