The Klahowya Eagles hung on to beat North Kitsap 89-81 in an Olympic League boys swimming meet in Poulsbo Thursday.
With the win, Klahowya clinched at least a share of the league championship, a first for the 2A school.
Klahowya and North Kitsap have been vying for the top spot all season, with perennial power Port Angeles right behind. Klahowya (5-0) remains No. 1, thanks to its win over NK (3-1) and a 94-86 win over Port Angeles (2-2) last month.
“That’s pretty exciting after four years of the program,” said Klahowya coach Diana Peterson, adding she was especially pleased for her seniors.
The meet was close throughout, with Klahowya taking a 41-37 lead through five events. The Eagles pulled ahead to 61-49 after going 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle.
NK coach Greg Braun said there was a lot of enthusiasm and close swims.
“I know our guys were pretty fired up,” he said.
The Vikings pushed Klahowya to the end.
“We just couldn’t quite bring it back,” he said.
The Eagles have a bye next Thursday then finish the regular season at Bremerton. North Kitsap takes on Central Kitsap in a non-league meet, then is at Bremerton next Thursday and hosts Kingston Jan. 24 to finish the season.
“It’s been a really fun season to coach,” Braun said, “certainly more strategy involved in a meet like this (and) every place counts.”
The league invitational is Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Port Angeles.