In the end, not even the cancellation of a postseason swim meet could knock Emmett Moore and his teammates off their game.
Moore and the other members of the Anacortes boys’ swimming and diving team, who entered this season with high expectations after winning the Class 2A state title the previous season, did well to overcome the cancellation of the Bi-District 2A Championships because of snow.
“For a lot of our team, it’s a build throughout the season,” Moore said. “(The cancellation) stopped the momentum ... but we carried through it. It felt a little weird, but we adjusted.”
The Seahawks adjusted well enough to claim second place at the Class 2A state meet, and Moore had four top-four finishes as either an individual or a member of a relay.
For his versatile and consistent performance, Moore is the Skagit Valley Herald Boys’ Swimmer of the Year.
Moore, a senior, finished third in both the 100-yard butterfly (51.31 seconds) and 100 backstroke (52.75).
He was part of the second-place 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:36.22, and swam on the fourth-place 400 freestyle relay team that finished in 3:15.29.
The Seahawks placed behind only Olympic.
Moore is quick to deflect attention away from himself and toward teammates who also contributed, whether it was a strong junior class that stepped into larger roles; a group of first-year divers, four of whom qualified for state; or swimmers such as Jacob Erickson, who made the finals of both the 50 and 100 freestyles, and finished third in the latter.
Moore won the Class 2A butterfly title last season in a state meet-record 49.94. He was also the Skagit Valley Herald Boys’ Swimmer of the Year that season.
He is one of six boys’ swimmers in Anacortes history to win a state title.
All told, the Seahawks didn’t lose a dual meet in Moore’s four years in the program.
That won’t be the final word on his swimming career, however. Next up, he’ll be part of a four-swimmer recruiting class at NCAA Division I Seattle University.
“I’m very excited. I think it’ll be a good place. It’s in the city, which is something I wanted, and it’s Division I, which is cool,” he said.
“It’s an exciting group and during their visits, we realized what a good fit they would be for our team and the Seattle University community as well,” Seattle coach Craig Nisgor said of the recruiting class in a news release.
Moore is the only Washington swimmer in the group.