There MUST be something in the water at North Kitsap’s pool,
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
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
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.
Kingston sophomore Claudia Velie is close to gaining Ironman
status and already owns all individual records at the 2A
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.
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
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
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
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.”
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.
Kingston proved they could walk the walk after all.
The Buccaneers earned their first state championship in school
history on Saturday when the 200-yard medley relay won the Class 2A
event in 1 minute, 43.08 seconds.
The boys program split off from North Kitsap in 2008-09 and has
been progressing each year. The Bucs won the Olympic League
and district meet titles this year, also firsts for the
The school opened in 2007 and co-oped its swimming program with
North Kitsap that first year.
It’s been quite a meet so far for the peninsula . Kitsap has
been on the medal podium in every event.
Kitsap wound up with three second-place finishers in Olympic’s
Ross Burchell, Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie and Kingston’s Tim
Burchell finished second in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.86, a
personal best and the 500 freestyle in 4:42.39.
Bremerton’s Rubie finished second in the 100 butterfly. Rubie
touched the wall in 52.93, closing in on Elliott Hofferth of
Anacortes in the final 10 yards to make it entertaining.
Gallagher, a freshman, was second in the 100 backstroke in
53.54. In total, West Sound walked away with 22 medals in 12
Kingston finished in fourth place in the team standings, giving
the Bucs their first state trophy. North Kitsap placed seventh
while Olympic was 12th. Klahowya was 24th and Bremerton 28th.
The 3A session saw the Bainbridge Spartans earn a second place
finish overall with 288 points to Bellevue’s 349.5. It’s the
Spartans best finish since 1980, when they also finished
The Spartans’ 200 medley and 200 free relays placed second while
the 400 free relay was third.
Individually, Garrett Waite had two top four finishes to lead
the Spartans. Waite was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100
Other top finishers for Bainbridge were junior Parker Bushey who
finished fifth in the 200 freestyle, freshmen Kevin Houseman, fifth
in 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Makai Ingalls placed sixth in the
100 butterfly and eighth in the 50 free, and Carter Hall was eighth
in the breast.
The 4A meet is underway and South Kitsap’s Dylan Macabitas, who
opened the session by singing the national anthem, placed fourth in
the 100 backstroke in 52.67, just off his personal best from
prelims (52.28). Macabitas also finished 12th in the 200
South diver Jason Gleason finished seventh in his first meet.
He’s a junior and is determined to improve on that ranking next
The Kingston Buccaneers are off to a hot start at the state
Class 2A boys swimming and diving championships Friday morning
at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Buccaneers won their heat in the 200-yard medley relay in
1:43.22 and are the top seed heading into Saturday’s finals.
North Kitsap is seeded seventh in the same event and will get a
Solid first day for 2A. Kingston qualified all 13 of their
swimmers into the finals, a first for coach Mark Van Huis he said.
Kingston’s Ethan Fox is seeded fourth in the 200 IM after winning
his heat in 2:01.10 while teammate Tim Gallagher is seeded fifth.
Gallagher is also eyeing a state title in the 100 backstroke as he
is the second seed. Fox is seeded third in the 100 breast.
Kingston’s 400 free relay is the third seed.
Klahowya’s Mason Heaman is into the finals in the 200 freestyle
as the fifth seed.
Olympic’s Ross Burchell is seeded fourth in the 200 free, but is
the second seed in the 500 free. The Trojans’ 400 free relay is
North Kitsap’s Thor Breitbarth, coming off an illness at
last week’s district meet, is seeded fifth in the 50 free and
seventh in the 100 free. North’s Nathan Ramey is seeded fifth
in the 100 breast and seventh in the 500 free.
Bremerton sophomore Nathan Rubie is seeded fourth in the 100
butterfly and he had to race in a swim-off for the 200 IM. He had
tied with Chris Kim of Fife and wound up beating Kim in the two-man
race to qualify for the consolation finals.
The 3A state meet began this afternoon and after a couple of
disqualifications early (not involving Bainbridge) the Spartans
three relays qualified as the second seeds — right behind
Freshmen Garrett Waite is seeded third in the 200 IM and 100
back. Senior Sam Alpaugh is seeded sixth in the backstroke.
Freshman Kevin Houseman is the fourth seed in the 100 breast
while Carter Hall is seeded seventh.
Divers Dylan Garthwaite and Gabe Emert each made the finals as
did senior distance freestyler James Bullock.
We only had two individual qualifiers from South Kitsap as well
as the Wolves’ 200 medley relay. The relay, which consisted of
Dylan Macabitas, Giacomo Bressanello, Simon Martin, Matthew Martin,
finished in 1:45.35. They did not qualify for the finals.
Macabitas qualified fifth in the 100 backstroke and 14th in the
200 free. Diver Jason Gleason is seeded sixth heading into the
finals with a score of 253.70 after a strong performance in the
prelims and semifinals. Top seed Jeffrey Goong of Bothell scored
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The girls’ swimming team at Carmel High
School spent all season chasing records.
On Saturday, the Greyhounds finally got the one that mattered
The team from the northern suburbs of Indianapolis won nine of
12 events at the state finals to cruise to a 30th consecutive state
title and break a 30-year-old record for the longest championship
streak by a high school team in any sport.
The previous record belonged to the boys swim team at Honolulu’s
Punahou High School, which was attended by President Barack Obama.
The school won every state title from 1958-86.
“It takes a lot of work to make it all happen,” coach Chris
Plumb said. “To have the girls down on the pool deck and all the
other girls cheering in the stands upstairs, they both feed off
each other and that’s what makes our program so successful.”
As usual, it wasn’t even close.
The swimmers finished with 438 points and broke the record in
Hamilton Southeastern, another school form Indy’s northern
suburbs, finished second with 193½ points.
Individually, the performances were just as dynamic.
Olympic Trial qualifier Claire Adams won individual titles in
the 100-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke as well the 200 medley
relay and 400 freestyle relay. Adams finished her high school
career by becoming the first female swimmer to capture 16 state
titles — the most possible for any individual swimmer in the
Teammate Veronica Burchill, also a senior and Olympic Trial
qualifier, won the 100 butterfly in a state record time of 51.79
seconds and was just 0.09 seconds off of the national public school
record in the event. She also had wins in the 200 medley as well as
the 200 and 400 free relays. She captured 15 state titles to finish
second to Adams in the all-time standings.
And Plumb took home his 10th state title. The previous mark
belonged to Tony Young, who also had a hand in the Carmel
“I was nervous, I had that feeling of not having been here
before,” Plumb said, acknowledging it felt like his first state
meet. “But at the same time I can’t believe how much I’ve learned
and am still learning. He (Young) has taught me so much. To be a
part of this is so amazing.””
Kingston won the Class 2A West Central District swimming and
diving champions at Hazen High in Renton.
The Bucs, who won their first Olympic League title last month, scored
195 points, barely edging out Steilacoom, which scored 194.5.
Kingston had three titles. Quincy Walker won the 100 free title
in 50.49. Ethan Fox won the 100 breast in 1:02.75. They were both
part of the winning 400 free relay team along with George Dalton
and Tim Gallagher in 3:27.76.
Olympic’s Ross Burchell won the 200-yard freestyle title.
Burchell touched the wall in 1 minute, 51 seconds, edging
Klahowya’s Mason Heaman’s 1:51.78.
Burchell also won the 500 freestyle title in 4:55.90, just ahead
of North Kitsap’s Nathan Ramey (4:58.43).
Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie won the 100 fly title in 54.32.
Olympic’s Ross Burchell is seeded No. 1 in the 200-yard
freestyle for the upcoming Class 2A West Central District boy swim
and dive meet.
The meet is at Hazen pool in Renton. Friday’s prelims begin at
10 a.m. and Saturday’s finals are at noon.
Burchell, a freshman, has a seeding time of one minute, 50.79
seconds — right ahead of Klahowya freshman Mason Heaman in 1:51.34.
Burchell is also seeded second in the 500 free.
Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie is the top seed in the 100 butterfly in
54.70 while North Kitsap senior Thor Breitbarth is also seeded
first in the 100 freestyle in 50.28 — ahead of sophomore Quincy
Walker of Kingston and Heaman (third). Breitbarth is seeded second
in the 50 free.
Kingston freshmen Ethan Fox and Tim Gallagher are seeded second
and third in the 200 individual medley. Gallagher is also seeded
second in the 100 backstroke and Fox is seeded second in the 100
breaststroke. Nathan Ramey, a freshman from North Kitsap, is the
third seed in the 500 free.
Also, Kingston’s and North Kitsap’s 200 medley relays are seeded
second and third, respectively. Kingston is the top seed in the 200
free relay as well and is the second seed in the 400 free
South Kitsap juniors Dylan Macabitas and Jason Gleason are both
eyeing district titles later this week.
Macabitas is seeded first in the 100-yard backstroke in 54.30
seconds for the West Central District meet, Friday and Saturday at
Curtis High School in Tacoma. Macabitas has already qualified for
state. He’s also seeded second in the 200 freestyle.
Diver Gleason is seeded second in the 1-meter, and has also
qualified for state. The state meet is Feb. 19-20 at KCAC in
The top six times in each event will allocate to state even if a
state time isn’t met. Right now, SK’s 200 medley relay and 200 free
relays are seeded sixth according to the psych sheets.