Patrick McKenzie isn’t new to the pool deck, but he is in his
first season coaching girls swimming at Central Kitsap.
The former Denver-area high school and club swimmer, turned
somewhat-water-polo collegian at the University of Denver took over
the Cougars’ boys team last year after the departure of Mari
He’ll now be patrolling the deck at Olympic during practice for
the Cougars and league meets in the 3A Sound Sound Conference. It
was senior Grace Smith’s mom, Helen, that told McKenzie about the
open position and he said he was excited to take over and make the
program great again. You can read more about CK and all our local
swim teams in our
team-by-team previews, as well as our
feature story on Klahowya’s Kira Crane who is looking to win
her first state championship.
McKenzie moved to the area so his wife, Margaret (Briggs)
McKenzie, a 1999 South Kitsap graduate, could receive brain cancer
treatment and be closer to family. Happily, she is doing very well
and the couple has two small children.
Bainbridge welcomes Bullock
CK isn’t the only area swim team to welcome a new coach.
Sarah Bullock, a Bainbridge Masters swimmer, took over for
long-time coach Greg Colby who resigned and moved to Boise, Idaho,
after 24 years guiding the Spartans that included top four finishes
at the state meet, and as Bullock said, “a lasting legacy as a
team (and) culture of hard work, dedication, togetherness,
and fun, all the ingredients for success. ”
No board for you NK
North Kitsap won’t be getting a diving board any time soon,
unfortunately for the program.
NK coach Greg Braun said the school was interested in purchasing
a diving board, however the manufacturer determined the pool was
six inches to shallow and wouldn’t sell them a board.
“Without a diving program, it makes it more of a challenge to
compete with programs that do have diving,” he said.