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Day two: State Swimming

IMG_5508It’s the calm before the storm here at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

It’s championship Saturday for girls swimming and diving and the Class 2A is the first session of the three-session meet. 3A will be up this afternoon with 4A getting a bit later start at 7 p.m.

Let’s talk 2A. We have a ton of Kitsap athletes competing and its North Kitsap that is looking to put together its strongest meet in years. Coming into the meet on Friday, media scribes had pointed out the scoring and had the Vikings finishing third. That won’t happen today, but they could still finish among the top 10. NK would need its everyone to swim lights out to gain more points and that can certainly happen.

The Vikings 200 medley relay is in the finals, right now seeded eighth and can only move up. Serita Solis is into the A finals for the 50 free and the 100 butterfly, Isabel Hendryx is in the B finals of the 100 freestyle and the A finals of the 100 backstroke, the Vikings’ 200 free relay is in the A finals and Hannah Uffens is in the B finals of the 100 backstroke. Ellie Gallagher is in the B finals of the 100 breast. UPDATE: Vikings finished seventh overall. Hendryx placed fourth in the back while Solis was fourth in the fly and fifth in the 50.

Kitsap’s best chance for a state title comes in Kira Crane. The sophomore from Klahowya is seeded second in the 100 freestyle. She’s also in the 50 free so who knows if she can pull off the double in the sprints. UPDATE: Crane DQ’d in the 50 (flinched at the start) and was second in the 100.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie is looking to give the Buccaneers a medal in the A final of the 100 breaststroke. UPDATE: Velie placed fourth

Olympic’s Chloe Partsch is in the A final of the 100 butterfly. UPDATE: She finished seventh.

UPDATE: Bainbridge won the 200 medley relay in a meet record 1:46.72. Candice Rosen finished sixth in the 200 free, Allison Murphy was fifth in the 200 IM and Ani Duni was fourth in the 50 free.

UPDATE: In the 4A, South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse finished fifth in the 50 free in 24.75.

State swimming: Day One

The Class 2A preliminary session of the girls state swimming and diving championships are so far going quite well for our local swimmers Friday morning.

Here’s how it stands now about halfway through this meet. Our top finisher right now is Kira Crane of Klahowya. The sophomore is seeded second in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.91 seconds, right behind top seed Makenzie Norman of Cheney High in 53.15. Yup, that’s not much of a difference which means Crane has an excellent chance to grab her first state title — and I’m guessing many more to come — in Saturday’s finals. Crane is also seeded fourth in the 50 free along with North Kitsap senior Serita Solis who is seventh.

Speaking of North, this could be the Vikings best outcome since I started covering state swimming in 2001. North could wind up among the top four teams once it’s all said and done. Solis is also fifth in the 100 butterfly. They’ll pick up some more team points as freshman Izy Iral is among the top 10 in the 100 fly, as is fellow freshman Isabel Hendryx in the 100 free. The Vikings 200 medley relay is seeded seventh and we haven’t swam the 200 free or 400 free relays yet. NK’s 200 free is the top seed.

Olympic’s pair of freshmen are also getting it done at the King County Aquatic Center pool.  Chloe Partsch is seeded eighth in the 100 fly and 12th in the 200 IM. Danielle Snyder qualified for the B finals in the 200 free. The Trojans 200 medley relay is 16th.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie, yet another freshman, will swim in the B finals of the 200 IM.

More updates will follow…

UPDATE (12:01 p.m.): OK, here’s how the meet finished. A bit of unfortunate news for the Vikings as their 400 free relay was disqualified as the leadoff swimmer flinched at the start and she was called for it by the officials at the start. But, NK did get the 200 medley and 200 free into the finals. The 200 free is seeded fifth. Isabel Hendryx of NK is seeded fifth in the 100 back while Hannah Uffens is ninth.

Kingston’s Velie is seeded seventh in the 100 breast to give the Buccaneers a swimmer into the main event.

For Oly, its 400 free relay is seeded sixth, a good spot for the young Trojans who have two freshmen and a sophomore competing.

UPDATE: Bainbride’s 200 medley relay of Allison Murphy, Olivia Dow, Candice Rosen and Ani Duni) has the No. 1 time out of the prelims in 1:48.96, bettering its seeding time by nearly two seconds. Rosen is also seeded sixth in the 200 free and Murphy is fifth heading into the finals of the 200 IM. Duni is the seventh seed in the 50 free.

Duni came out in the 100 breast and broke her own school record and is seeded third heading into Saturday. Rosen continued her amazing afternoon by making another final, this time as the third seed in the 100 butterfly. Carina Laukaitis is seeded sixth in the 200 and eighth in the 500 to give the Spartans some points in the distance events. All three of Bainbridge relays are among the top three.

And just as a little side note, us “media” folks have scratched out the finals (remember, math is not our strong suit) but it looks like Lakeside is the favorite to win the team title with 301.5 points, followed by Mercer Island (274) and Bainbridge (251).

Of course, that’s on paper. We all know that what happens in the water is a different story … stay tuned!

UPDATE: Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap qualified for the finals of the 50 freestyle in the 4A session.

Monkhouse was scratched from both the Narrows League and West Central District meets the last two weeks due to an illness that also forced her to miss more than a week of school. Monkhouse suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) as well as a vocal chord dysfunction that closes her airway, but SK coach Cliff Rousell said her most recent sickness wasn’t related to POTS or her vocal chords.

In the 100 free, Monkhouse is seeded 11th after finishing third in her heat in 55.27.

State swimming: Kitsap youth leading the way

I thought I’d take a few minutes and let you know where our top swimmers are seeded heading into the state meet.

But first, here’s a look back at last weekend’s district meets.

North Kitsap’s 200 free relay won the Class 2A WCD meet record, and broke the school record by four seconds, in 1:44.81, at Hazen High in Renton. The old record was 1:45.25 in 2010. Check out the link here to see a video of the Vikings — Isabel Hendryx, Izy Iral, Dannica Hennings, Serita Solis — win. The video was shot by RJ Iral. North finished third overall behind Liberty and Port Angeles. The relay is the No. 1 seed heading into state with a time of 1:43.24, but it will be a battle with Port Angeles who is right behind in 1:43.54.

Speaking of NK, the Vikings have a very strong, very young team but are led by senior Solis.  She finished second at district in the 50 free (seeded sixth at state) while Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50. Solis is the second seed heading into the 100 butterfly with the top spot going to Port Angeles’ Jaine Macias. NK’s Isabel Hendryx, a freshman, is seeded third in the 100 back. The Vikings 400 free relay is also seeded third.

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane is the second seed in the 50 free and the third seed in the 100 free. It was her sister, Kelsey, that dominated the longer distances in her four years at Klahowya, winning state titles along the way. Crane will be joined by teammate Hallie Turk as well.

Olympic has two freshmen adding to the youth movement for Kitsap swimmers, Chloe Partsch and Danielle Snyder, as well as Kingston freshman Claudia Velie. Partsch is among the top six in the 100 fly while Velie is among the top six in the 200 IM.

At the 4A district, Aspen Monkhouse of South Kitsap is seeded third in the 50 free and sixth in 100 free. However, she didn’t swim at district and I’m not sure what her status is for this weekend. She’s had breathing/health issues in the past.

For Bainbridge in 3A, the Spartans’ Cammy Rouser finished second in the diving and Ani Duni was second in the 100 breast. Bainbridge finished second overall behind Lakeside, who looks like the team to beat at state.

Speaking of Bainbridge, this will be the final meet for head coach Greg Colby. Colby and his wife are headed back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Colby has been the girls coach the last 24 years.

“We’re going to hang out with my parents a little bit,” he said. “This is a great group to go out with, trouble free … I’ll miss being around but I’m looking forward to the change.”

Updated: CK five make All-Narrows 3A volleyball team

Central Kitsap’s Taija Rice, Katie Thorsen, Cecilia Teston, Katie Downey and Summer McDermed were named to the All-Narrows League 3A volleyball team on Friday.

Rice, a senior outside hitter, and Thorsen, a senior middle hitter, and Cecilia Teston, a senior setter, were named to the first team. Downey, a junior setter, and McDermed, a junior libero, were named honorable mention.

Here are the all-league selections;

MVP—Alex Porter, sr., OH, North Thurston

Coach of the year—Jackie Meyer, North Thurston

First team—Hali Ehresman, jr., MH, Capital; Olivia Fairchild, jr., MH, North Thurston; Lea Jones, jr., L, Lincoln; Kailey Losey, sr., S, North Thurston; Taija Rice, sr., OH, Central Kitsap; Morgan Stroud, sr., L, North Thurston; Cecelia Teston, sr., S, Central Kitsap; Katie Thorsen, sr., MH, Central Kitsap.

Second team—Alana Bates-Carector, sr., S, Mount Tahoma; Kiara Budge, sr., S, Shelton; Alex Bunch, jr., OH, Wilson; Zyonna Fellow, so., MH, Mount Tahoma; Paige Johnson, jr., MH, Shelton; Chloe Jones, so., OH, Lincoln; Angela Stanback, jr., MH, Foss; Steffany Sweet, sr., OH, Capital.

Honorable mention—Amanda Christopher, sr., MH, Capital; Bailey Colombo, sr., OH, North Thurston; Katie Downey, jr., S, Central Kitsap; Tia Grow, so., S/OH, Capital; Ciarra Judson, fr., S, Wilson; Marissah Martinez, sr., S, Lincoln; Summer McDermed, jr., L, Central Kitsap; Myah Rodius, fr., L, Shelton.

All-Narrows League 4A

MVP—Megan Jacobsen, sr., MH, Bellarmine Prep

First team—Juliana Salanoa, jr., MH, Timberline; Ashley Tuiaana, sr., OH, Timberline; Addy Woolery, sr., L, Bellarmine; Hannah Pukis, sr., S, Bellarmine; Julia Fleener, sr., S, Olympia, Lauren Wilson, sr., OH, Olympia; Marin Malich, sr., MH, Gig Harbor; Lauren Hatfield, so., OH, Gig Harbor.

Second team—Natalie Stark, jr., S, Timberline; McKenzie Schwan, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Claire McCarthy, jr., OH, Bellarmine; Lydia Soto, sr., OH, Olympia; Hannah Yerex, so., L, Gig Harbor; Tia Lawrence, jr., L, South Kitsap; Natalie Olson, sr., OH, South Kitsap.
Honorable mention—Kasey Lewis, so., MH, Timberline; Clea Sypeck, sr., OH, Timberline; Maddie Reves, sr., Opp., Olympia; Ellie Rill, so., S, South Kitsap; Abby Middleton, jr., S, Yelm; Riley Clark, so., S, Stadium.

Crane becomes second-time Ironman, three others closing in

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane clinched her second Ironman status last week as she qualified for the state swimming meet in all eight individual events.

Crane was an Ironman last year, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Kelsey, who was a four-time Ironman and a state champion for the Eagles.

A few other swimmers are close; freshman Chloe Partsch of Olympic, Isabel Hendryx of North Kitsap, a freshman, and North Kitsap senior Serita Solis have qualified in five events. Also, Port Angeles’ Jaine Macias has seven state qualifying times.

In 3A, Allison Murphy of Bainbridge is ranked No. 1 in the state with her time of 2 minutes, 12.51 seconds in the 200 individual medley.

Class 4A

South Kitsap: Aspen Monkhouse, 50 free, 100 free.

Class 3A

Bainbridge: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay; Candice Rosen, 200 free, 100 butterfly; Carina Laukaitis, 200 free, 500 free; Hannah Tonsmann, 200 free, 500 free; Allison Murphy, 200 IM (2:12.51*), 100 back; Ani Duni, 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast; Cammy Rouser, diving; Melinda Carr, 100 breast; Olivia Dow, 100 breast.

Class 2A

Kingston: Claudia Velie, 200 IM, 100 free, 100 breast.

Klahowya: Kira Crane, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast; Hallie Turk, 500 free.

North Kitsap: 200 medley relay;  200 free relay; 400 free relay; Isabel Hendryx, 200 free, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back; Serita Solis, 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free.

Olympic: Chloe Partsch, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free.

Port Angeles: 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay; Carter Juskevich, 200 free, 500 free, 100 breast; Jaine Macias, 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast; Taylor Beebe, 100 free, 100 back.

Volleyball mid-season report

It’s that time of the volleyball season when teams are gearing up for making the push to the playoffs. Time to cue the mid-season report. I’ll be focusing on our local teams that are in playoff contention as we turn the page on the second-half of season.

Olympic League 2A

North Kitsap leads the pack with a 8-0 record (9-1 overall) and head to Sequim on Tuesday and Bremerton on Thursday. The Vikings haven’t lost a league match since the 2012 season against Sequim. Their record in the Olympic League is 89-4.

The Vikings are looking to clinch their seventh league title in the last eight years with one more win.

With all of that, North might not be the hottest team in the league right now.

That distinction could go to Kingston. Or Bremerton.

Kingston is tied with Bremerton and Sequim for second place at 5-4. The Buccaneers are coming off a bizarre 3-2 win over the Knights and are 5-1 in their last six matches. They take on Port Angeles and North Mason next week and face North Kitsap at home on Oct. 27.

Bremerton is 3-3 in its last six matches, but have come up big in games against Olympic, winning both. However, they’ve let some winnable games slip away — losses to Sequim and twice to Kingston may come back to haunt them as teams shuffle in the final two weeks of the season. The Knights take on North Mason and North Kitsap next week and end the regular season against Sequim on Oct. 26.

Sequim has a tough finish to its schedule as the Wolves face North Kitsap, Bremerton this week and Olympic on Oct. 27.

The Trojans (4-4) are struggling. With high hopes of putting together a league-title contending season, Olympic has lost its last three matches, and were swept in two. The Trojans have four games remaining and take on Port Angeles and North Mason this week, then finish against North Kitsap and Sequim.

Port Angeles, at 3-6, still has an outside shot of making the playoffs as the Roughriders face a little easier schedule than Olympic; they play Olympic and Kingston this week and North Mason on Oct. 27.

There are five berths to the West Central District 2A tournament, which is Nov. 6-7.

Olympic League 1A

The Klahowya Eagles won their first two league games (they had a later start just because there are only four teams in the league) and are getting closer to clinching a playoff spot for the second straight year. The Eagles travel to Chimacum (also 2-0) and Port Townsend next week, then face Coupeville and Chimacum again on Oct. 27. The two matches against Chimacum could be for the league title if the standings remain the same until then.

The 1A OL has three berths to district, with the third seed playing in a loser-out match.

Narrows League 3A

Central Kitsap (10-1) has already clinched a playoff spot, it’s just a matter of what seed they will take to the 3A WCD tourney. The Cougars have their most important match of the season on Tuesday when they host league-leader North Thurston (11-0). The Rams beat CK 3-0 on Sept. 24, but the Cougars responded by winning their next six in a row. CK will play Wilson on Thursday and Mount Tahoma on Oct. 27 to end the regular season.

Narrows League 4A

South (4-5) is sitting in the fifth and final spot for the 4A district playoffs. The Wolves can do themselves a big favor by beating Timberline on Monday before they play a huge game against fourth-place Gig Harbor (5-4) on Wednesday at home. The end the regular season Oct. 31 against Olympia.

Metro League 3A

Bainbridge (1-7) is struggling having lost their last seven, but the Spartans have only been shutout twice during that span by ranked teams — No. 5 Lakeside and No. 7 Holy Names. The Spartans will need some help to make the Metro League tourney (nine seeds are available) and will need to right the ship even more if they want to get to the Sea-King District. Bainbridge faces Blanchet (5-3) on Monday and Holy Names (5-3) on Wednesday in their final two regular season games.

Sea-Tac League 1B

Crosspoint Academy (3-7) has played some tough and close matches of late only to come out on the losing side in their last three. That recent slide hasn’t helped the Warriors as they head to the league tourney (all 12 teams are in), Oct. 27-29. Crosspoint plays Seattle Lutheran Tuesday and Vashon Island Friday to finish the regular season.

Week 4 Top Performers

We’re getting some pretty strong candidates each week for our Top Performers list. This week was no exception. Without further ado, here are the three honorees…

Week 4

Izaiah Davis, South Kitsap running back: Davis peeled off 259 rushing yards on 39 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Wolves shootout loss to Emerald Ridge on Friday. Davis had TD runs of 3, 2, 3 and 9 and also had a 59-yard run that helped set up his first score.

Bri Duchemin, North Kitsap volleyball: The junior had an outstanding individual effort that helped the Vikings remain perfect in Olympic League 2A play with wins against Port Angeles and North Mason this week. Duchemin had 18 kills against PA and 21 against North Mason.

Ayden Laurion, Crosspoint boys soccer: The sophomore middle defender scored a goal and had two assists as the Warriors went 2-1 this week and clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming Sea-Tac League 1B playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

Crane, Solis nearing Ironman mark; list of state qualifiers

Klahowya sophomore Kira Crane has qualified for the Class 2A state swimming and diving meet in five of the eight individual events needed to earn Ironman status. She was an Ironman last year.
Crane has qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 3.34 seconds, 200 individual medley (2:22.63), 50 freestyle (25.83), 100 freestyle (55.50) and the 500 freestyle (5:38.39). She still needs to qualify in the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
Senior Serita Solis of North Kitsap has qualified for the 200 free (2:08.09), 200 IM (2:22.60), 50 free (25.92), 100 butterfly (1:02.11) and 100 freestyle (56.84). She needs the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle to gain Ironman status.

Also, here’s the list of other locals who have qualified for the state 4A/3A/2A meets

Bainbridge—Candice Rosen (200 free, 100 fly); Carina Laukaitis (200 free, 500 free); Allison Murphy (200 IM, 100 back); Ani Duni (50 free, 100 free, 100 breast); Melinda Carr (100 breast); Olivia Dow (100 breast); Cammy Rouser (diving); Hannah Tonsmann (500 free); 200 medley relay; 200 free relay; 400 free relay.

Kingston—Claudia Velie (200 IM, 100 free, 100 breast).

North Kitsap—Isabel Hendryx (200 free, 50 free, 100 free, 100 back); 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Olympic—Chloe Partsch (200 IM, 100 fly).

Port Angeles—Carter Juskevich (200 free, 500 free, 100 breast); Jaine Macias (200 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 back); Taylor Beebe (100 free, 100 back); 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

South Kitsap—Aspen Monkhouse (50 free, 100 free).

South Kitsap football game vs. Stadium moved

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos confirmed that the school’s football game at Stadium High School on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. has been moved to Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Bowl.

Stadium’s football field — Stadium Bowl — was damaged by Saturday’s heavy rains. The field and much of the lower portions of the stadium became flooded. Repairs are expected to make the stadium unusable until February.

South Kitsap’s homecoming game Friday against Emerald Ridge begins at 7:30 p.m.

West Sound swimmers make state cut times

Here’s a list of the West Sound swimmers who have made the state qualifying times for the meet in November as reported to the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association as of last weekend.

I’ll note that in 4A South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse, a senior, leads the state in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.22. She’s also second in the 100 free behind Jessica Wierzbicki of Wenatchee, 54.34 to 54.33. You can’t get any closer than that.

In 3A, Bainbridge’s Candice Rosen and Carina Laukaitis are ranked 1-2 in the 200 free, 1:59.46 to 2:00.36. Rosen is also second in the 100 fly in 1:00.34. Duni has the second-fastest time in the 100 free in 55.44. The Spartans’ 200 free and 200 medley relays are both sitting at No. 2.

In 2A, Serita Solis of North Kitsap is the second-fastest swimmer in the 100 butterfly. She has a time of 1:02.11, right behind Squalicum’s Olivia Nielsen in 1:01.65. Solis has also qualified for four individual events — 200 free, 50 free, 100 fly and 100 free. Teammate Isabel Hendryx has qualified for three events (50 free, 100 free, 100 back).

2A: 200 medley relay, Port Angeles 1:58.15, North Kitsap 2:00.31. 200 medley relay, Carter Juskevich (PA) 2:02.87, Jaine Macias (PA) 2:03.64, Serita Solis (NK) 2:08.09. 200 IM, Claudia Velie (Kingston) 2:21.46. 50 free, Serita Solis (NK) 25.92, Isabel Hendryx (NK) 26.12. 100 fly, Serita Solis (NK) 1:02.11, Jaine Macias (PA) 1:02.75, Chloe Partsch (Oly) 1:03.37. 100 free, Serita Solis (NK) 56.84, Isabel Hendryx (NK) 57.02, Claudia Velie (King) 57.21. 500 free, Carter Juskevich (PA) 5:43.41. 200 free relay, Port Angeles 1:47.97. 100 back, Isabel Hendryx (NK) 1:04.03, Jaine Macias (PA) 1:05.66, Taylor Beebe (PA) 1:05.82. 100 breast, Jaine Macias (PA) 1:09.29, Carter Juskevich (PA) 1:11.56. 400 free relay, Port Angeles 3:56.82, North Kitsap 3:59.34.

3A: 200 medley relay, Bainbridge 1:53.60. 200 free, Candice Rosen (Bain) 1:59.46, Carina Laukaitis (Bain) 2:00.36. 100 fly, Candice Rosen (Bain) 1:00.34. 100 free, Ani Duni (Bain) 55.44. 200 free relay, Bainbridge 1:43.85. 100 breast, Ani Duni (Bain) 1:09.74. 400 free relay, Bainbridge 3:49.52.

4A: 50 free, Aspen Monkhouse (SK) 24.22. 100 free, Aspen Monkhouse (SK) 54.34.

FYI, here are the state swimming and diving time standards for 2015-16 for the girls (in yards)

200 medley relay: 2A, 2:03.00. 3A, 1:57.00. 4A, 1:55.90

200 free: 2A, 2:08.50. 3A, 2:00.90. 4A, 1:59.90.

200 IM: 2A, 2:23.90. 3A, 2:15.00. 4A, 2:14.50.

50 free: 2A, 56.25. 3A, 29.27. 4A, 25.20.

Diving: 2A, 320/11.6. 3A, 350/11.6. 4A, 25.20.

100 fly: 2A, 1:04.10. 3A, 1:00.70. 4A, 1:00.80.

100 free: 2A, 57.90. 3A, 55.90. 4A, 55.00.

500 free: 2A, 5:45.90. 3A, 5:24.50. 4A, 5:22.00.

200 free relay: 2A, 1:48.50. 3A, 1:45.90. 4A, 1:56.06.

100 back: 2A, 1:06.20. 3A, 1:01.90. 4A, 1:01.10.

100 breast: 2A, 1:14.20. 3A, 1:10.30. 4A, 1:09.90.

400 free relay: 2A, 4:01.00. 3A, 3:51.90. 4A, 3:47.50.