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‘It’s bittersweet’: Sehome swim coach nears end of 49-year career

Don Helling to retire after leading Sehome sports programs for decades

Lauren Gongwer pulls her father, Sehome swim coach Don Helling, for a kiss on the cheek.
Sehome swim coach Don Helling gets a kiss on the cheek from daughter Lauren Gongwer Oct. 17 after beating Squalicum in a dual meet at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center. Helling will retire from coaching after the fall season following a 49-year high school coaching career — 38 of which were at Sehome. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)
By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor
After coaching at more than 90 state swim and dive meets over his 49-year career, coach Don Helling

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