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Spartan swimmers named All-Metro

A handful of Bainbridge girls swimmers and divers were named to the All-Metro League team for the recently completed fall season.

Bainbridge’s honorees were Candice Rosen, Cammy Rouser, Ani Duni, Hannah Tonsmann and Olivia Dow. Rouser was the Spartans’ highest finisher, place second in the one-meter diving.

The Spartans finished third overall at the Class 3A state swimming and diving championships.

All-Metro League

Bainbridge—Candice Rosen, Cammy Rouser, Ani Duni, Hannah Tonsmann, Olivia Dow.

Ballard—Marquerite Devine-Mraz

Franklin—Mandolin Nguyen

Garfield—Jocelyn Crawford, Marley Cross.

Holy Names—Sophia Chien

Ingraham—Ada Meyer

Lakeside—Hannah Shabb, Isabel Chien, Lindsey Seidner, Caroline Wagner, Amber Chong.

Roosevelt—Mia Syme, Claire Schwartz.

Seattle Prep—Cameron Smith

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.”

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.

Week 5 Top Performers

This week’s top performers showed up big time with the pressure on, which is why they are being honored this week. With the playoffs looming, I suspect this will just become harder and harder to chose just three athletes …

Week 5

Matt Becker, Olympic football: The senior threw for 116 yards and was 7 for 7 with two touchdowns and also ran for 157 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to help lead the seventh-ranked Trojans to a 48-7 win over Sequim.

Grace Smith and Tatiana Tubberville, Central Kitsap swimming: Smith, a junior, and Tubberville, a sophomore, each won Narrows League 3A swimming titles on Friday at Foss High School. Smith won the 100-yard butterfly in 1 minute, 2.48 seconds while Tubberville won the 500 freestyle in 5:37.11. Tubberville was also third in the 100 free.

Kamie Coryell, Bainbridge girls soccer: Coryell, a senior, notched a hat trick against West Seattle Thursday as the Spartans open Metro League tournament play on Oct. 31.

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).

Week 3 Top Performers

Our Week 3 Top Performers turned out to be a tougher choice, so thank you to all the coaches who submitted their athletes.

This week I’m also posting what some of the area coaches wrote about their nominees. Good stuff here folks. Enjoy.

Week 3

Kira Crane, Klahowya swimming: The sophomore is well on her way to earning her second Ironman status. Crane has five out of the eight state-qualifying times; 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Claire Henninger, Sequim girls soccer: The Wolves goalkeeper was named team MVP in their scoreless draw with Olympic on Wednesday. Henninger made 10 saves in the first half and 15 in the second half. On one play she came out to block a shot, then blocked a second and finally chased down the ball outside the box to keep Sequim in the game.

Cecilia Teston/Katie Downey, Central Kitsap volleyball: Teston and Downey helped lead the Cougars to victory in two matches this week, both 3-1 wins over Narrows League 3A opponents Lincoln and Capital. Teston finished with 11 aces, 20 digs and 36 assists while Downey had 13 kills, 18 digs and 26 assists.

Who’s who among nominees

Corinne Pierson, Port Townsend swimming: Broke the school record in the 100 butterfly

Kalie Nation, Crosspoint volleyball/soccer: Nation was 19 of 21 serving with five aces, 9 kills and 10 kills in two matches as well as helping the Warriors soccer team to a win.

Katie Campana, Olympic girls soccer: Campana stepped in to play goalie for the first time after an injury to the Trojans starter and also played defender this week. Campana made 10 saves against NK, two saves in a penalty-kick shoot out and also had the game-winning PK against Sequim.

Autumn Johnson, North Kitsap volleyball: In wins over Olympic and Kingston, setter Johnson had 36 assists, 10 digs, 7 kills and was 23 of 24 serving with four aces.

Taylar Clark, Port Angeles girls soccer: Helped lead the Roughriders to a win over Klahowya, their first in 15 seasons, with three goals, including two PKs.

Daryn O’Dell-Dee, Kingston volleyball: O’Dell-Dee had a passing rating of 2.3 with 25 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces as the Buccaneers went 2-1 this week to keep themselves in the hunt for a possible playoff berth.

Matt Becker, Olympic football: The quarterback for the seventh-ranked Trojans was 13 of 19 for 138 yards and scored five touchdowns (two rushing) in their win over Kingston.

Riley Cowan, Sequim football: The freshman quarterback passed for four TDs and was 17 of 28 for 284 yards in the Wolves victory over North Mason.

Top performers of the week

It’s the second edition of our Top Performers of the week and we’re starting to get some nominations rolling in. Keep it up!

Kamie Coryell, Bainbridge soccer: Coryell did her part in controlling the tempo of games and created numerous opportunities for the Spartans this week as she had two goals and an assist in back-to-back wins for Bainbridge.

Claudia Velie, Kingston swimming: The freshman standout already has three school records (50 free, 100 free and 400 free relay) and has also posted state qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and 200 IM.

Sam Henden, North Kitsap football: The junior running back had three touchdowns and ran for 164 yards on 11 carries in the Vikings’ win over North Mason.

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.