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Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.

 

State boys swimming/diving finals: Day 2

It’s the second day of the state boys swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

Up first in the Class 3A is Bainbridge, our only local team competing in the morning session. The Spartans opened with an outstanding swim in the 200-yard medley relay, moving up three spots from their sixth place to finish third overall with a time of 1 minute, 39.19 seconds. Bainbridge led midway thru before Bellevue and Kennedy pulled ahead to finish 1-2.

Parker Bushey finished 11th in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.26. Diving is up next and Gabe Emert, a junior, is in the finals.

IMG_4411 Update from the 1-meter diving, Emert finished 16th overall with a score of 276.45. Emert has only been diving for one year, and received coaching from Bainbridge’s two female divers Cammie Rouser and Zora Opalka, who were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the girls season. During Friday’s prelims, Emert — for the first time — hit the back of his legs on the board and then clipped his heels on another dive. Bainbridge coach Patti Peterson said it might have thrown him off his game a bit, but she was proud of what he accomplished this year. Emert played football last fall before sustaining a concussion and opting to try diving instead.

In the 500 free, James Bullock placed 11th overall, coming in second in the B finals in 4:55.02, better than his prelim time of 4:47.12. Bullock also had a great leg in the medley relay. He’s putting together a really strong meet. Sam Alpaugh finished eighth in the main finals, coming in under his prelim time at 4:52.67.

The 200 free relay placed 10th overall in 1:32.82. The foursome were seeded 15th after Friday’s prelims and smoked it today, including a strong anchor leg by Parker Bushey. Bullock also placed 15th in the 100 backstroke B finals in 57.59, a little bit slower than yesterday (57.31).

Bainbridge's CJ Waite received his second-place medal for the 100-yard breaststroke from coach Kaycee Taylor on Saturday at KCAC in Federal Way.
Bainbridge’s CJ Waite received his second-place medal for the 100-yard breaststroke from coach Kaycee Taylor on Saturday at KCAC in Federal Way.

The 100 breaststroke turned out to be the best race of the meet. Dean Nguyen of Franklin (Seattle) and Bainbridge’s CJ Waite battled the entire 100 yards as Nguyen edged Waite, the top seed, by .02 seconds. Waite finished in 57.72 to Nguyen’s 57.70. That was pure racing right there.

Bainbridge finished sixth in the 400 free relay to end the meet and the Spartans placed sixth overall in the team standings.

In the afternoon 4A session, we have just one local swimmer, Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap. Macabitas qualified in the 100 backstroke in 55.41 seconds.

Macabitas placed 10th in the 100 backstroke in a time of 54.61. The  sophomore, who won the Narrows League title and the West Central District championship, bettered his time from Friday’s prelims, 55.41.

In the 2A session, Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie improved his time right to the end of the season. Rubie, who was the first Knight freshman to qualify for state since 2002-03 (Nathan Adrian did it) with a 56.48, finished the state meet by winning the B finals of the 100 butterfly in 55.31.  North Kitsap’s Thor Breitbarth was 13th in 56.19 and PA’s Wei-Yan Fu was 16th in 56.29.

PA’s John Macias, the top seed in the 100 free, lost a shoot-out to Sammamish’s Jacob Tower. Tower touched in 47.78 to Macias’ 48.13. The time for Macias puts him No. 7 on the all-time list. Klahowya’s Isaiah Snow finished 16th in 51.78.

In the 100 back, Ziven Meyer won the B finals in 58.49 while Kingston’s Quincy Walker was 11th in 1:01.08. PA’s Macias was second in 53.19.

And that’s a wrap from the 2015 state swimming meet.

No locals favored at state boys swim/dive meet

If there will be champion from Kitsap county at the boys state swimming and diving meet later this week, it will be an upset.

Bainbridge’s CJ Waite is the top local qualifier in the Class 3A meet. Waite, a senior, is seeded third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the King County Aquatic Center. Friday’s prelims are at 9:45 a.m.

The 4A prelims are at 2:30 and the 2A starts at 6:15 p.m. Saturday’s finals are at 10 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively.

Looking across the Hood Canal bridge, John Macias of Port Angeles has West Sound’s best chance of not only winning one, but two state titles in 2A. Macias is the top seed in the 100 backstroke in 53.17 seconds. He’s seeded second in the 100 freestyle in 48.71, just behind Eric Olsen of Anacortes in 48.37. The Roughriders 400 free relay is seeded second.

Here’s a look at who qualified from West Sound:

Class 3A: Bainbridge, Parker Bushey (200 free, 100 free), Henry Bacon (200 free), Gabe Emert (diving), Dylan Garthwaite (diving), David Jenkins (100 fly), James Bullock (500 free), Sam Alpaugh (100 back), CJ Waite (100 breast), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.

Class 4A: South Kitsap, Dylan Macabitas (100 back), Yoshi Iwakawa (100 breast), 200 medley relay.

Class 2A: Bremerton, Nathan Rubie (200 IM, 100 fly), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Kingston, Quincy Walker (200 IM, 100 back), Hunter Parini (50 free, 100 free), Nolan Platz (100 breast), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Klahowya, Isaiah Snow (50 free, 100 free), North Kitsap, Thor Breitbarth (100 fly), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Olympic, Erik Hirt (200 free), Ziven Meyer (100 free, 100 back), 200 medley relay, 400 free relay; Port Angeles, Milo Atwater (200 free, 500 free), Karsten Hertzog (200 free, 500 free), Tristin Butler (200 IM, 500 free), Jay Liang (200 IM, 100 breast), Wei-Yan Fu (50 free, 100 fly), Lucas DeFrang (diving), Vincent Ioffrida (diving), John Macias (100 free, 100 back), 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay; Sequim, Eric Prosser (100 back).

Bainbridge duo wins Metro swim titles

Bainbridge’s CJ Waite and Jem Bullock each won Metro League Championship swimming titles on Saturday at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.

Waite won the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.64 seconds while Bullock claimed the 500 free in 4 minutes, 56.46 seconds. Teammate Sam Alpaugh was second in 4:57.95.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay was second in 1:40.20, fifth in the 200 free relay and third in the 400 free relay.

SK’s Macabitas leads backstroke after WCD 4A prelims

South Kitsap sophomore Dylan Macabitas holds the lead in the 100-yard backstroke after the preliminaries of the West Central District swimming and diving 4A meet at Curtis High School Friday.

Macabitas finished with a time of 55.54 seconds, topping the 56.75 by Dan Melin of Curtis. Saturday’s finals are at 4:30 p.m. Macabitas is also seeded seventh in the 200 individual medley in 2:07.61.

Metro League swimming meet begins Friday

Bainbridge’s Jem Bullock and Sam Alpaugh are the top two seeds in the 500-yard freestyle at the Metro League swimming meet, which begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. with prelims at the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Saturday’s finals are at 4 p.m.

Bullock is seeded first in the distance event in 4 minutes 57.81 seconds, followed by Alpaugh in 4:59.30. Alpaugh is also seeded second in the 100 breaststroke in 55.00. CJ Waite is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.65.

The Spartans’ 400 free relay is the top seed, while the 200 medley and 200 free relays are seeded second.

WCD 4A/3A swimming & diving meet starts Thursday

The West Central District 4A and 3A swimming and diving meet begins Thursday at Curtis High School with diving prelims and finals at 4 p.m. Swimming prelims are Friday at 4:30 p.m. with finals Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

South Kitsap sophomore Dylan Macabitas is the top seed in the 100-yard backstroke. Macabitas is also seeded third heading into the 200 individual medley in 2:06.08. Also seeded third for SK is junior Yoshi Iwakawa in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.86.

In diving, Jason Gleason is ranked No. 2 with 355.95 points, trailing top seed Nathan DaDalto of Mount Rainier, 384.25.

The top six placers will automatically qualify for the state meet, which is Feb. 20-21 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

South Kitsap trio wins NW swimming/diving titles

South Kitsap’s Dylan Macabitas claimed two titles, the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke, at the Narrows League swimming championships Friday. Macabitas, a sophomore, won the IM in a time of 2 minutes, 6.68 seconds. He finished the backstroke in 55.75 seconds.
Junior Yoshi Iwakawa won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.79.
Teammate Jason Gleason won the 1-meter diving title with a final score of 355.95.

The Wolves finished third in the team standings with 208 points. Central Kitsap was sixth (63).

SK pair top seeds in Narrows League swimming championships

South Kitsap sophomore Dylan Macabitas is the No. 1 seed in two events heading into the Narrows League 4A swimming championship Friday at Mount Tahoma. Macabitas has a seeding time of 2 minutes, 8.28 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley and 55.29 seconds in 100 backstroke. The meet begins at 4:15 p.m.
South junior Yoshi Iwakawa has the top time in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.15. The Wolves’ 200 medley relay is seeded third in 1:45.53 while the 200 free relay is seeded eighth and the 400 free relay is seeded 10th. Central Kitsap’s 400 free relay is seeded eighth.