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State Swimming & Diving Finals thread

The second day of the state girls swimming and diving championships are underway at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The Class 2A meet is underway and top qualifier Port Angeles won the 200-yard medley relay with a hard charge from Liberty, 1:50.76 to 1:51.31.

Port Townsend was named the academic champion with a team grade point average of 3.508 for 1A and head coach Peter Braden.

200 freestyle final: Klahowya junior Kira Crane placed fifth in 1:57.39 and North Kitsap’s Isabel Hendryx was sixth in 1:59.90.

200 IM consolation final: Olympic sophomore Chloe Partsch finished 10th overall in 2:16.82, well ahead of her prelim time of 2:20.54 from Friday.

50 free final: North Kitsap freshman Eleanor Beers won her first state title in the 50 freestyle in 23.36. That’s the second fastest all-time in 2A and she tied with Missy McIntyre of Oak Harbor for the top 10 all-time.

100 butterfly final: Klahowya’s Crane finished second to Alexis Schmidtt of Cheney, 58.21 to 58.24. Partsch of Olympic was sixth.

100 free final: Beers claimed her second individual title with a time of 50.98, a state record by one-one hundredth of a second. Amelia Messegee held the record of 50.99 since Nov. 10, 2007.

500 free final: Kingston’s Claudia Velie finished fifth.

200 free relay final: Liberty edged North Kitsap to win the relay, 1:39.45 to 1:39.84.

100 backstroke final: North’s Isabel Hendryx finished second to two-time state champion Taylor McCoy of Pullman. McCoy will swim at WSU next year. Hendryx’s had a time of 59.58 to McCoy’s 56.40.

400 free relay: North Kitsap won in a time of 3:14.36, holding off Liberty in 3:14.71.

North Kitsap finished fourth overall. It’s the first Greg Braun-led Vikings team to podium at the state meet in his 26 years as head coach.

Class 3A

Bainbridge senior Zora Opalka receives her gold medal from Spartans head coach Sarah Bullock at the Class 3A state swimming and diving meet. Opalka is the first female diver to win a state championship for Bainbridge. (Annette Griffus/Kitsap Sun)
Bainbridge senior Zora Opalka receives her gold medal from Spartans head coach Sarah Bullock at the Class 3A state swimming and diving meet. Opalka is the first female diver to win a state championship for Bainbridge.
(Annette Griffus/Kitsap Sun)

1-meter diving: Bainbridge’s Zora Opalka won the school’s first girls title with 422.10 points to hold off Lakeside’s Amber Chong, 421.70. Bainbridge’s Cammy Rouser was fifth.

200 IM final: Central Kitsap sophomore Taylor Sims placed eighth in 2:14.03.

NK’s Moran, French earn All-Oympic League 2A honors; Klahowya’s Mills 1A defensive MVP

Junior libero Eunice Moran of North Kitsap was named the Olympic League 2A defensive MVP this week while North Kitsap coach Tim French was honored as coach of the year.

Nicole Mills of Klahowya joined Moran as a defensive MVP, this time for the OL 1A. The 2A MVP was Sequim’s Adrienne Haggerty. The 1A MVP was Katrina McGranahan of Coupeville.

All-Olympic League 2A

MVP—Adrienne Haggerty, sr., Sequim

Defensive MVP—Eunice Moran, jr., North Kitsap

Coach of the year—Tim French, North Kitsap

Team sportsmanship—Sequim

First team—Bri Duchemin, sr., North Kitsap; Madison Cordero sr., Kingston; Elena Vasquez, sr., North Kitsap; Imani Frogge, sr., Olympic; Kiana Robideau, sr., Port Angeles; Ava McCabe, so., Kingston.

Second team—Ella Christiansen, sr., Sequim; Hannah Waterman, sr., North Kitsap; Danielle Monzon, sr., Olympic; Lily Gelhaus, so., Bremerton; Hope Doherty, sr., North Kitsap; Sydney Balkan, sr., Sequim.

All-Olympic League 1A

MVP—Katrina McGranahan, jr., Coupeville

Defensive MVP—Nicole Mills, sr., Klahowya

Coach of the year—Cory Whitmore, Coupeville

Team sportsmanship—Chimacum

First team—Valen Trujillo, sr., Coupeville; Hope Lodell, jr., Coupeville; Jessica Carlson, sr., Klahowya; Ashley Sharp, sr., Klahowya; Taylor Carthaum, sr., Chimacum; Shanya Nisbet, sr., Chimacum.

Klahowya’s Crane, NK’s Beers top seeds after day one at 2A WCD swimming

A veteran and rookie are among the top seeds heading into the Class 2A West Central District swimming and diving championships on Saturday.

Klahowya senior Kira Crane earned the No. 1 spot after Friday’s preliminaries at Hazen HS in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 0.27 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.59. NK’s Isabel Hendryx is seeded second in the 200 free. Olympic’s Danielle Snyder is seeded fourth in the 200 and in the 500 free.

North Kitasp freshman Eleanor Beers is the top seed in the 50 free, 24.17 seconds, and in the 100 free, 52.60. Both are meet records. NK’s Dannica Hennings is seeded fifth in the 50 free. NK’s Isabel Hendryx will be looking for a district title in the 100 backstroke after touching the wall in 1:00.16.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie has the top seed in the 500 freestyle, 5:33.04. She is also seeded fourth in the 200 IM.

North Kitsap’s 200 free relay is the top seed, 1:41.29, as is its 400 free relay in 3:44.52. Olympic’s 200 medley relay, and Klahowya’s medley are seeded third and fifth, respectively.

The meet continues Saturday at 11 a.m.

Week 10 high school football scores

Our game of the week is North Kitsap’s 2A West Central District playoff game between North Kitsap and Orting. That game is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. and you can view it by clicking this link.

2A WCD playoffs

Franklin Pierce 60, Bremerton 7 (Final): Franklin Pierce’s Jayman Stokes returned a Bremerton fumble for a touchdown as the Cardinals lead in the Knights early and went on to beat Bremerton and end its season.

North Kitsap 44, Orting 21 (Final): Multiple turnovers helped NK take a big lead on the Cardinals and the Viking defense is posting a shutout for most of the game as the Vikings secured a berth into the 2A state tournament.

Steilacoom 29, Olympic 14 (Final): Mason Quitevis had a 4-yard TD run to give the Trojans a quick lead over the Sentinels and Oly’s defense produced two INTs, but it wasn’t enough as Steilacoom came from behind for the win to eliminate the Trojans from the postseason.

Non-playoff games

Central Kitsap 17, Bethel 14 (Final): Cougars win their season finale at Silverdale Stadium.

Bainbridge 0, vs. Roosevelt 0 at Nathan Hale: Score not reported

North Mason 8, Tenino 6 (Final): The Bulldogs score late and win their season finale late.

Shorewood 0, at Kingston 0 (1st qtr): Score not reported

Port Townsend 49, Charles Wright 7 (Final): The Redhawks blew out CWA and will face La Center in a 1A state game next week.

Klahowya 57, Chimacum 0 (Final): The Eagles won their seventh game by shutting out the Cowboys at Silverdale Stadium in their season finale.

Volleyball: Getting ready for district weekend

West Sound teams will be on the volleyball court starting Thursday as they vie for berths to the state tournaments.

Among them is the ninth-ranked team in the state, North Kitsap. The Vikings earned a first round bye in the Class 2A West Central District tournament and face the winner of the River Ridge/Washington match. The tourney is at Franklin Pierce and begins Friday. NK’s match is at 7 p.m. A win, and NK plays in the semifinals at 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The district finals is at 7 p.m.

Kingston takes on Franklin Pierce at 5:15 p.m. Friday and Olympic plays Orting at the same time. If Kingston and Olympic win they will play at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Losses in the first round for both teams means they face loser-out matches at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. There are six berths available.

The SeaKing District 3A tourney begins Thursday as Bainbridge takes on Redmond at Lakeside HS at 5:30 p.m. That is a loser-out match. If Bainbridge wins, the Spartans play Lakeside in the quarterfinals ta 7:30 p.m. The SeaKing has seven berths to state.

In the 3A WCD/Southwest tourney, Central Kitsap plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday against Kelso at Yelm HS. If the Cougars win, they play at 9 a.m. Saturday. A loss, and its a loser-out game at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of the North Thurston/Bethel match.

Crosspoint Academy already secured its spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament this week. The Warriors, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of  Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.

Like Crosspoint, the Klahowya Eagles have been waiting to open the 1A WCD tournament. The Eagles are the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. Thursday in a loser-out match.

Volleyball: Playoffs are here!

I knew the dance was coming, I just didn’t know who was going — until now.

West Sound volleyball teams have finally settled on who is headed to the playoffs and now the real fun begins.

Here’s a look at who is playing on Saturday and what’s at stake for each team;

South Kitsap: In the South Puget Sound League 4A, the Wolves (6-9) are in a loser-out match against Graham-Kapowsin (6-9) at 9 a.m. at Sumner High. If South wins, it will play a fifth/sixth seeding game at 5 p.m. against the winner of the Sumner/Olympia match. The West Central District tournament begins Nov. 4 at Kentwood High School.

Central Kitsap: The Cougars (5-9) open the South Sound Conference 3A tournament against North Thurston (9-5) at 9 a.m. at Capital High School. Timberline (10-4) takes on Shelton (4-10) in the other 9 a.m. game while Gig Harbor (14-1) and Capital (11-3) earned first-round byes. The 11 a.m. matches will pit the lowest-remaining seed against Gig Harbor while Capital will take on the highest-remaining seed. The losers of the 9 a.m. matches play for fifth/sixth seed at 1 p.m. Losers of the 11 a.m. matches play for third/fourth seed at 1 p.m., and the winners of the 11 a.m. matches play at 3 p.m.

Yes, I know that sounds confusing, but for CK fans know that your team plays at 9 a.m. and then possibly at 11 a.m. (if they win) and at 1 p.m. (if they lose the 9 a.m. match). The Cougars are only playing for seeding into the West Central/Southwest District tournament, Nov. 4-5 at Yelm High School.

Bainbridge: The Spartans (9-8) lost to Roosevelt Thursday in the Metro League 3A tournament, 3-2, but are already assured of a SeaKing District berth Nov. 3-5 at Juanita and Lakeside High Schools. Bainbridge plays Ballard at 1 p.m. at Chief Sealth HS. A win and Bainbridge would play at 3 p.m. for fifth/sixth. A loss and they would play for the seventh/eighth seed at 5 p.m.

Olympic League 2A: The Kingston Buccaneers (8-8) face Sequim (12-2) at 9 a.m. A win for Kingston and it will play the winner of the North Kitsap/Olympic match at 3 p.m for first/second seed. A loss and the Bucs play at 1 p.m. for third/fourth seed. The NK Vikings (13-1) are the OL2A champs, again, and play Olympic (7-9) at 11 a.m. The loser of that match plays at 1 p.m. against the loser of the Sequim/Kingston match for third/fourth seed. The winners play at 3 p.m. for first/second. The tournament is at North Kitsap HS.

Klahowya: The Eagles (7-7) have already secured their seeding into the West Central District 1A tourney as the No. 2 from the Olympic League 1A. Klahowya hosts Seattle Christian (6-8) at 6 p.m. next Thursday in a loser-out match.

Crosspoint Academy: The Warriors (7-7) have also secured their spot to the Bi-District 2B tournament next week. Crosspoint, as the No. 1 seed out of District 2, faces the winner of the Friday Harbor/Darrington match at 11 a.m. That tourney is Nov. 5 at Stanwood HS.

Girls Swimming: NK’s Beers adds her name to Vikings’ record book

There MUST be something in the water at North Kitsap’s pool, right?

Last week Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie (the Buccaneers practice/hold meets at the NK district pool) secured her seventh state qualifying time for the Class 2A meet and now holds every individual school record.

Well lookout Kitsap swim fans, here comes Eleanor Beers.

Beers, a freshman, is a late comer to the high school swimming scene. She wasn’t sure she wanted to swim the prep season but then decided in favor and NK coach Greg Braun couldn’t be more pleased. Beers has been an outstanding age-grouper for many years (she’s been mentioned plenty of times on The Blogstroke) and now it seems Beers is poised to make her mark in high school.

In two meets, Beers has already set three school records — the 50 and 100 freestyles in a meet against Port Angeles on Sept. 22 — and then against Kingston on Sept. 29. Beers broke a 31-year-old record in the 200 individual medley held by Michelle Arnold in 1985. Beers has state-qualifying times in the 50, 100, 200 IM and 100 backstroke.

Other state qualifiers for North include Isabel Hendryx in the 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 backstroke. Izy Iral has qualified in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 back.

All three Viking relays have qualified with the 200 medley including Hendryx, Claire Stone, Iral and Dannica Hennings. The 200 and 400 free relays include Hendryx, Iral, Hennings and Beers.

Girls Swimming: Kingston’s Velie locks down record book

Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie is close to gaining Ironman status and already owns all individual records at the 2A school.

Velie notched her seventh state-qualifying time, and fifth school record of the season, at the Kitsap Swim-vitational last weekend. The lone race she’s missing for Ironman, given to swimmers who qualify for the state meet in all eight individual events, is the 50-yard freestyle.

Also

Olympic sophomore Chloe Partsch qualified for the 2A state meet in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyles as well as the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. The Trojans’ 200 medley relay also qualified.

NK’s Duchemin commits to DII Saint Martin’s

Bri Duchemin
Bri Duchemin

It didn’t take long for Bri Duchemin to decide where she would like to spend the next four years playing volleyball.

The North Kitsap senior made a verbal commitment to Saint Martin’s Univeristy in Lacey in late August. Saint Martin’s is a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The 6-foot outside hitter will sign her letter of intent for the Saints during the volleyball signing period in November.

Duchemin has been one of the best players in West Sound since her sophomore season. She was named the Olympic League 2A MVP last year and was the Kitsap Sun’s player of the year.

When drawing interest from colleges, Duchemin said she looked at three factors;

  • Staying in state (it’s less expensive)
  • Proximity to family and friends
  • And the programs the school offered — biology or teaching.

Saint Martin’s hit on all three fronts.

“Everything seemed to fit,” Duchemin said, who went to a one-day camp and played with her future teammates.

Duchemin said she’d been thinking about what she wanted and decided to make her verbal commitment right away.

“There’s no reason to wait,” she said.

Now that her college decision has been made, Duchemin feels like it’s lightened her load.

“I think the fact that I know where I’m going took a huge stress (off me),” she said.

The Vikings (6-1 overall, 5-0 OL) are making a push for their eighth league title and another run to the state tournament. Duchemin has been an integral part of NK’s run to state, helping the Vikings place second in Class 2A in the 2013-14 season. Duchemin this week notched her 1,000 career kill, something she wanted to accomplish this season. She knew she was close heading into Tuesday’s league match with North Mason.

“I had seven in the first set and my mom was like ‘You need one more,’” Duchemin said, adding she was also fighting the flu bug and took herself out before the third set to rest. “That was pretty exciting. I really wanted my eight kills.”

WIAA executive board makes changes to state hoops format, using RPI

On Monday the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board voted to increase the number of teams at each state basketball championship site from eight to 12 and approved the use of a Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

The updated format, which will go into effect for the 2016-17 season, will keep regional sites for the first round. Final tournament sites are staying the same with 4A and 3A at the Tacoma Dome, 1A/2A at the Yakima Valley SunDome and 2B/1B at Spokane.

The RPI system will be used to seed the 16 teams that qualify for the first round (regionals). The system will not be used in the qualification to regional sites, only for seeding purposes after the qualifying teams are in place. The State Basketball Format Committee will continue to refine the details of the RPI system, the WIAA said in the release.

The WIAA said each district will continue to control its respective tournaments to determine the 16 teams for each classification.

You can find an example of the new 16-team bracket here.

The board voted on the changes after garnering feedback from administrators and coaches around the state via an online survey, and from different communities. The format chosen was the most popular with 71 percent in favor of using an RPI to seed tournaments.