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Local boys qualify for state swimming

It’s still relatively early in the boys swimming season, but I just wanted to mention a couple of area swimmers who have made state qualifying times. The list is garnered from the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association and are updated by coaches across the state, so the accuracy depends on whether or not coaches have submitted to the site.

In 2A, North Kitsap sophomore Thor Breitbarth qualified in the 100-yard butterfly in 58.31 seconds.

Port Angeles’ 200 medley relay right now has the top time in the state in 1 minute, 44.85 seconds. The Roughriders’ 200 free relay also made the state cut in 1:34.00 as did the 400 free relay in 3:27.40.

John Macias of PA has the top time in the 100 backstroke in 53.85 seconds and has also qualified in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.47, the 50 free (22.93) and the 100 free (51.06). PA’s Tristan Butler made the state cut in the 500 freestyle (5:06.06).

In 3A, Bainbridge’s 200 medley relay qualified in 1:43.83, as did Sam Alpaugh in the 100 backstroke in 55.10.

Dylan Macabitas of South Kitsap qualified with a state cut time in 4A in the 100 backstroke in 55.29. Teammate Yoshi Iwakawa also has a qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.15).

State Swimming Finals Thread

We are underway for the finals of the state swimming and diving meet at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

First up is the 3A classification, which for Kitsap includes Bainbridge and Central Kitsap.

Bainbridge’s 200 medley relay, Mikelle Ackerley (200 free, 100 free), Allison Murphy (200 IM, 100 back), Samantha Cara (100 free), 200 free relay, Ani Duni (100 breast) and the 400 free relay are all into the A finals.

Central Kitsap’s Leah Avery, who won the district title in the 100 backstroke, qualified for the B finals in the 200 IM today. Avery didn’t qualify for the finals in the back.

In the 200 medley relay, Bainbridge finished fourth in 1 minute, 51.47 seconds.

UPDATE: Bainbridge’s Carina Laukaitis finished 14th in the 200 free in 2:02.34 while Natalie Ackerley finished second in the B finals, 10th overall, in the 200 IM in 2:13.15.

UPDATE: In the 200 individual medley, Bainbridge’s Allison Murphy finished eighth in 2:11.85, Natalie Ackerley placed 10th (2:13.15) and Leah Avery of CK was 16th (2:19.49). In the 50 free, Samantha Caro of Bainbridge finished 11th. Through four events Bainbridge sits in fourth place in the team standings with 70 points. Lakeside-Seattle is first (131), followed by Mercer Island (104) and Bellevue (80).

UPDATE: In diving, the Spartans had two top eight finishers and both are sophomores. Cameron Rouser, of Kingston, placed fourth with 355.50 points and Zora Opalka was sixth (338.90). Bainbridge’s highest individual placer so far is Mikelle Ackerley. The senior finished third in the 100 free in 53.62. Former Bainbridge champion, Emily Silver, who won four 100 free titles (and four 50 free titles) still holds the state record in that event in 50.16 set in 2003.

UPDATE: Bainbridge’s Ani Duni finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, breaking the school record of 1:06.04 by Tess Harpur in the process. Duni clocked a 1:05.94. Allison Murphy placed fourth in the 100 back in 1:00.33. Both Duni and Murphy are juniors.

All three of the Spartans relays placed in the top four with the 200 free finishing second in 1:39.60. The 400 free was fourth.

Overall, Bainbridge finished third in the team standings with 187 points. Lakeside repeated as champs, with a 281, followed by Mercer Island, 242.5.

Up next is the 4A meet which starts at 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE: In the 4A, Monkhouse finished fifth in the 50 free in 24.80. She’s the only Kitsap qualifier in this session.

The 2A meet starts at 6:30 p.m. as Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane will be eyeing a state title in either the 200 IM or butterfly.

UPDATE: At the 2A meet, Kelsey Crane finished second in the 200 IM and fifth in the butterfly. Kira was third in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 50 free. The Eagles 200 medley relay was 14th while the 400 free relay placed eighth. It’s the first time the 400 relay had qualified and the girls were pretty ecstatic, albeit tired after a long two days.

Klahowya coach Diana Peterson was named the 2A coach of the year, the first time she’s won the award. The Eagles finished 11th overall in the team standings. North Kitsap placed 13th. Port Angeles was eighth; Port Townsend 15th; Sequim 33rd and Bremerton 30th.

North Kitsap’s 200 free relay was disqualified (they had two swimmers in the water during an exchange). NK’s Serita Solis finished eighth in the butterfly and Kingston’s Katherine Anderson was eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

Bainbridge diving trio qualify for state

We will have our yearly state swimming and diving advance in Thursday’s edition, but in the meantime I wanted to mention that all three of Bainbridge’s divers qualified for the 3A meet at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

That’s a pretty big accomplishment as the Spartans will need all the points they can muster if they want to try and knock off perennial champion Mercer Island.

The meet begins with Friday’s preliminaries with the 3A kicking it off at 9:45 a.m. (10 a.m. for Saturday’s finals).

Sophomore Zora Opalka is seeded fifth with 389.79 points and sophomore Cameron Rouser is seeded ninth (366.70), followed by freshman Rose Bandrowski (14th/314.20).

You can find all the psych sheets at the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association website.

Girls swimming: NL championships begin Thursday

The Narrows League swimming championships are Thursday and Friday at Mount Tahoma in Tacoma.

Diving takes place at Foss on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Swimming finals are at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

South Kitsap’s Aspen Monkhouse is seeded second in the 4A 50-yard freestyle. The Wolves’ 200 free relay is seeded third.

Central Kitsap’s Grace Smith is the third seed in the 3A 100 butterfly while teammate Tatiana Tubberville is also seeded third in the 500 free.

 

Klahowya’s Crane earns fourth Ironman swimming status

Kelsey Crane earned her fourth Ironman status on Thursday.
Crane, a senior and three-time state champion swimmer, has qualified for the Class 1A/2A meet in all individual swimming events (eight). She won the 100-yard freestyle in 56.60 seconds in an Olympic League meet against Kingston at the NKSD pool. Klahowya won 100-69 over Kingston.

State Swimming Qualifiers
As of Wednesday*
Class 3A
200 medley relay—Bainbridge 1:53.99. 200 freestyle—Mikelle Ackerley (Bain) 2:01.07. 200 IM—Allison Murphy (Bain) 2:14.04. Diving—Zora Opalka (Bain) 355.95; Cammy Rouser (Bain) 386.95. 500 freestyle—Carina Laukaitis (Bain) 5:24.19. 200 free relay—Bainbridge 1:43.96. 100 backstroke—Allison Murphy (Bain) 1:01.72. 100 breaststroke—Ani Duni (Bain) 1:10.69. 400 free relay—Bainbridge 3:48.58.
Class 2A
200 medley relay—Port Angeles 1:58.84; North Kitsap 2:00.30. 200 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:01.17. Carter Juskevich (PA) 2:05.40. Audra Perrizo (PA) 2:05.71. Jaine Macias (PA) 2:07.34. Kira Crane (Kla) 2:07.89. 200 IM—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 2:15.64; Kira Crane (Kla) 2:19.88; Jaine Macias (PA) 2:23.02. 50 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 25.28; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 25.84; Serita Solis (NK) 26.19. 100 butterfly—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:00.77; Serita Solis (NK) 1:03.27; Juliana Guyt (Brem) 1:03.96; 100 freestyle—Kira Crane (Kla) 56.62; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 56.60. 500 freestyle—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 5:24.76; Carter Juskevich (PA) 5:41.16. 200 free relay—Port Angeles 1:47.71. 100 backstroke—Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:02.38; Kira Crane (Kla) 1:03.59; Taylor Beebe (PA) 1:05.65. 100 breaststroke—Carter Juskevich (PA) 1:10.59; Kelsey Crane (Kla) 1:12.94; Jaine Macias (PA) 1:13.52. 400 freestyle relay—Port Angeles 3:54.47.
*Times submitted to WISCA

 

Klahowya’s Crane sisters nearing Ironman status

Klahowya senior Kelsey Crane is nearing Ironman status once again. Her little sister isn’t far behind.

Kelsey, the three-time state champion swimmer, has qualified for the Class 1A/2A meet in seven of the eight individual swimming events; 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. She is still seeking qualifying time in the 100 freestyle.

It wouldn’t be the first time Crane has earned the coveted status. If she manages it again this year, it will be the fourth time in her four-year career.

Kira, a freshman, has qualified in five of the events in her first season; 200 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 100 free and 100 back. She’s missing the 100 breast, 100 fly and 500 free.

State Swimming Qualifiers

Class 3A

200 medley relay

Bainbridge                    1:55.82

Diving

Zora Opalka, Bain       355.95

Cammy Rouser, Bain 386.95

500 freestyle

Carina Laukaitis, Bain   5:24.19

200 free relay

Bainbridge                        1:45.52

100 backstroke

Allison Murphy, Bain     1:01.72

400 free relay

Bainbridge                      3:49.64

Class 2A

200 medley relay

Port Angeles                 1:58.84

North Kitsap                  2:00.30

200 freestyle

Kelsey Crane, Kla          2:01.17

Carter Juskevich, PA   2:05.40

Jaine Macias, PA           2:07.34

Kira Crane, Kla                2:07.89

200 IM

Kelsey Crane, Kla         2:15.64

Kira Crane, Kla               2:19.88

Jaine Macias, PA            2:23.02

50 freestyle

Kira Crane, Kla                   25.28

Kelsey Crane, Kla              25.84

100 butterfly

Kelsey Crane, Kla            1:00.85

Juliana Guyt, Brem          1:03.96

100 freestyle

Kira Crane, Kla                   56.62

500 freestyle

Kelsey Crane, Kla           5:24.76

Carter Juskevich, PA     5:41.16

100 backstroke

Kelsey Crane, Kla            1:02.38

Kira Crane, Kla                 1:03.59

Lauren Conrardy, PA      1:05.45

Taylor Beebe, PA              1:05.65

100 breaststroke

Carter Juskevich, PA     1:10.59

Jaine Macias, PA            1:13.52

400 freestyle relay

Port Angeles                   3:54.47

Colville’s Schanz commits to UCLA

In one of the better stories coming out of the state this year, Emma Schanz, a senior at Colville High about an hour north of Spokane, committed to UCLA on Monday.

Schanz’s story is unique in that she trains in a 3-lane, 20-yard hotel pool. She travels once a week to train with the Spokane Waves Swim Team, more often in the summer, and gets her workouts from her club coach to practice on her own. Schanz’s brother, Dylan, shared the pool with her until leaving to swim at St. Cloud State in Minnesota this year.

You can read more about her and Dylan from Mike Gustafson’s article last year.

 

Trio of local swimmers ranked among top 25

Mikelle Ackerley of Bainbridge, Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane  and Port Orchard’s Sydney Bishoff are among the Top 25 ranked swimmers in the state, according to collegeswimming.com.

The website has Ackerley sitting at 17th, while Crane is 19th. Bishoff, who swims for Holy Names Academy in Seattle, is ranked 23rd.

The website uses a power index to rank swimmers. Each time is assigned a value based on its percentile rank among other high school swimmers. The score is calculated from a weighted average in at least two events. Crane’s power index is 31.43, Ackerley’s is 28.94 and Bishoff’s is 37.95.

The top-ranked swimmer in the state, Emma Schanz of Colville, has a power index of 1.14. Kim Williams of Bellevue, formerly Bainbridge, is second at 1.53.

Klahowya’s Crane finishes fundraiser, eyeing college

Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)
Klahowya’s Kelsey Crane was all smiles after winning the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 2A swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center last November. (LARRY STEAGALL / KITSAP SUN)

Kelsey Crane, a state champion swimmer from Klahowya, completed her Swim for MS fundraiser last month. Crane, who swam the majority of her laps that was approximately 20 miles, over a course of a several days, raised $1,245. Crane swam in memory of her grandmother.

Crane has won state titles in the 2A classification in the 500-yard freestyle as a freshman and repeated as a sophomore. Last year as a junior Crane won the 100 butterfly and finished second in the 200 individual medley. She’s also qualified as an Ironman athlete, meaning she qualified for the state meet in all individual events.

Crane has garnered plenty of attention from colleges, and according to her mother Kim she has her top three, but is hoping for official visits this fall. Kim Crane said they are all Division I schools. It’s likely she will make her decision after the high school season, which ends in November.

High school All-American issue out by Swimming World

Swimming World Magazine, in conjunction with the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, recently produced a great online edition — the 2014 High School All American Issue.

You can view it by clicking here.

Former Bremerton alum and Olympic champion Nathan Adrian is among the all-time best in the 50 freestyle while swimming for the Knights. Adrian’s 20.16 second in the sprint was the top time in 2006. He also was the fastest in the 100 free in 44.08.