The Blogstroke

Annette Griffus covers swimming, from age-group to high school and the Olympics.
Subscribe to RSS

Adrian joins USA Swimming Foundation, Make A Splash Tour

April 23rd, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian announced his partnership with USA Swimming Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming this week.

Adrian will be a part of the upcoming Make A Splash Tour, along with Olympic champions Anthony Ervin, Janet Evans and Rowdy Gaines. The tour is a national, child-focused water safety campaign.

Also, be sure to subscribe to Nathan’s YouTube channel, as well as Google+ account, Twitter (@Nathangadrian), and his Instagram account. Nathan and Matt Grevers were at the Arizona School for the Blind and Deaf for its play-day initiative.

I’ll have updates Thursday and Friday from the Mesa Grand Prix as well.


Mesa GP sold out, Nathan Adrian seeded 1 and 2

April 23rd, 2014 by Annette Griffus

The psych sheets are available for the Mesa Grand Priz meet in Tucson. You can find them here.

The 100-meter freestyle reads like a who’s who of swimming’s best.

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.52 seconds. Jimmy Feigen is second in 47.82 and France’s Yannick Agnel is third (47.84). Anthony Ervin (47.89), Ryan Lochte (48.58), Conor Dwyer (48.94), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (49.00) and Michael Phelps (49.05) round out the top eight.

That’s A LOT of international medals right there.

Ervins is ranked first in the 50 free in 21.42, followed by Nathan in 21.47, Schoeman (21.67), Josh Schneider (21.78), Feigen (21.88), Matt Grevers (22.09), Karl Krug (22.15), Alex Coville (22.19) and Shayne Fleming (22.35).  Nathan is ranked No. 6 in the world in the event.

The 100 free is Thursday and the 50 free is Friday.

Swim fans are dying to get to this event and it’s quickly become a star-studded affair. Within 48 hours of the announcement that Phelps would be swimming, the event was sold out.

Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011.
(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

FUN PICTURE OF THE DAY: I really like this picture. It was shot from the World Championships in China in 2011. Would still like to find out what they’re laughing about. Wouldn’t you?


BISC’s Campbell ranked among the top in PNW

April 18th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell is ranked No. 1 in several events in her age-group in the Pacific Northwest.

Campbell, 14, is ranked first in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke, and is second in the 1,650 free. She’s also ranked No. 5 in the 200 back, 100 butterfly and fourth 200 fly. Campbell is ranked fifth in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 200 IM and 12th in the 200 breaststroke.

Among all age groups, she’s ranked No. 3 in the 50 free.

Also, Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s Samantha Lingenbrink is ranked 23rd in the women’s 200 back.

On the boys side, BISC’s Spencer Alpaugh is ranked 15th in the 400 IM and 21st in the 200 fly while brother Sam is ranked 20th in the 200 back. Sam is ranked No. 5 in the 16-year-old category.


Plenty of locals fare well at April Showers meet in Port Orchard

April 17th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

The Puget Sound Swim Club in Port Orchard held its April Showers long-course meet last weekend at South Kitsap pool.

Swimmers from Olympic Aquatic Club, PSSC, Bremerton Trident Swim Team, Poulsbo Piranhas all participated in the meet.

Olympic won the combined team event with 417 points. They were followed by Pro Swimming (314.5), Eastside Aquatic (301.5), Poulsbo Piranhas (296), Puget Sound (205), Vashon Seals (129), Penguin Aquatics (106), Evergreen Swim Club (42) and Bangor Trident Swim Team (28).

Since it was mostly a local meet, I’m not going to list everyone who placed among the top eight, but here’s a look at who picked up individual and relay titles. I have included the finals sheet as a PDF for you to check out. Click here for PDF

In the girls 10 and under age group, Olympic Aquatic Club’s Amanda Ashmore won the 50-meter butterfly in 39.70 seconds and the 100 fly in 3 minutes, 19.75 seconds. OAC’s Diddle Devine won the 50 breaststroke in 46.70. Brianna Hoffman of Poulsbo Piranhas won the 100 freestyle in 1:11.89 and the 200 free in 2:45.18.

In 11-12 age group, Eleanor Beers of Poulsbo Piranhas won the 50 free in 29.09 and the 100 fly in 1:13.96. OAC’s Kira Ashmore won the 200 fly in 3:02.76, the 50 breaststroke in 41.38 and the 400 individual medley in 5:59.33.

In the 13-14 age group, Kira Crane won the 50 free in 30.98, the 200 free (2:31.77), 200 backstroke (2:52.20) and 100 breast (1:33.99). Chloe Partsch of OAC claimed the top spot in the 100 fly (1:18.29) while teammate Tatiana Tubberville won the 400 IM in 6:26.46.

The 15 and over age group saw Sydney Bishoff of PSSC win the 50 free (29.25), 100 free (1:05.57), 400 free (5:05.79), 100 back (1:18.96) and 200 IM (2:45.28).

PPST’s Katherine Andersen won the 100 breast in 1:19.25.

BTST won the 10 and under girls 200 free relay in 2:54.77 and PSSC won the 200 medley relay in 3:51.72. PSSC also won the 11-12 200 free relay in 2:40.75 and 200 medley relay in 3:16.92. OAC’s 13 and over 200 free relay won in 2:05.77 while the 200 medley relay won in 2:25.27.

In the boys 9-10 400 free, OAC’s Andrew Remminger won in 5:45.23. He also claimed the titles in the 200 free (2:43.00), 50 fly (38.54) and 200 IM (3:06.84). Isaac Beers of PPST claimed the 50 free title in 33.71 and the 50 back in 39.57.

In the 11-12 age group, Tim Gallagher of the PPST won the 50 free in 29.14, 100 free (1:04.17), 200 free (2:21.91), 200 back (2:43.62) and 100 back (1:16.39). RJ Thomasberg of OAC won the 100 fly in 1:21.41.

Dylan Macabitas of PSSC claimed the 50 free title in the 13-14 age group in 28.52 and the 200 back (2:30.77). Nathan Ramey of PPST won the 200 breast (2:57.03) and the 100 fly (1:08.80).

In the 15 and over age group PPST’s Adriel Moran finished first in the 50 free (28.16), 100 free (1:01.99), 100 back (1:14.03) and 200 back (2:42.41) while Roo Jenkins won the 200 free (2:18.09), 100 breast (1:25.10) and 100 fly (1:10.73) titles. PSSC’s Nils Johnson claimed the 400 free title in 5:21.96 and the 200 IM in 2:45.29.

In the 13 and over relays, PSSC won the 200 free relay in 1:59.45 while OAC won the 200 medley relay in 2:11.53.

 

 

 

 


Nathan Adrian, and some guy named Phelps, headline Mesa Grand Prix

April 14th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian along with long-distance queen Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte are set to headline the next Arena Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Ariz.

There’s also this guy named Michael Phelps that will be swimming. Heard he’s pretty good.

The meet is April 24-26 at the Skyline Aquatic Center. Prelims are at 7 a.m. Pacific time and finals are at 3 p.m.

Also competing will be 2012 Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers, multiple Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Jimmy Feigen, Tyler Clary and more.

As for Phelps, his return to the pool is a welcome sight. His 22 Olympic medals are, of course, the most in history.

It’s no surprise that the meet will be televised. Universal Sports Network will show live coverage on April 25 and 26. A live webcast will be available through USA Swimming for the entire meet.


BISC sets records at regional meet

April 9th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

I missed this meet last month, so I’m playing catch up.

Bainbridge Island Swim Club sent 31 swimmers to the Northwest Region Short Course Age Group Championships at KCAC in Federal Way. Alicia Campbell, Sam Alpaugh, Kevin Houseman and Aron Markow all won individual titles.

Markow set an age-group record in the 11-year-old division in the 50 breaststroke while Houseman set a record in the 12-year-old division in the 50 and 100 breaststroke races.

The meet, which included about 1,300 swimmers from 156 teams in the Northwest, including Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii. BISC finished fifth overall, its highest finish.

Here’s a list of the top eight finishers. 

Girls (Name, division, place, event):

Alicia Campbell, 14 year old: 3rd 50 freestyle, 1st 100 freestyle, 1st200 freestyle, 1st 500 freestyle, 3rd 100 backstroke, 5th 100 butterfly.

Shannon Campbell, 12 year old: 8th 200 free, 6th 500 free; 11-12 girls: 7th 400 individual medley.

Moorea Eldon-Everts, 11 year old: 8th 100 back, 8th butterfly, 7th 200 IM.

Margaret Hayes, 10 & Under: 8th 100 back. 

Boys:

Sam Alpaugh, 15-18: 2nd 100 back, 1st 200 back, 4th 400 IM.

Keenan Grant, 15-18 year old: 5th 100 breaststroke.

Kevin Houseman, 12 year old : 1st 50 breast, 1st 100 breast, 3rd 200 breast, 5th 200 IM, 7th 400 IM.

Makai Ingalls, 13 year old : 6th 100 back, 7th 100 fly, 7th200 fly.

Ian Lipton, 10& Under: 3rd 50 free, 3rd 200 free, 3rd 50 back, 3rd 100 back; 11 & Under : 4th 500 free.

Aron Markow, 11 year old: 3rd 50 free, 3rd 100 free, 1st 50 back, 1st 100 back, 1st 50 breast, 3rd 100 breast.

Garrett Waite, 13 year old: 2nd 100 back, 3rd 200 back, 5th 400 IM.

Jude Wenker, 12 year old: 3rd 200 free.

Andrew Witty, 11 year old: 7th 100 back, 5th 200 IM.

 


Bremerton Y teammates finish strong at Nationals

April 4th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bremerton YMCA’s Aspen Monkhouse, competing in her first YMCA National championships, finished the 50-yard freestyle in 25.32 seconds on Tuesday.

The championships run through Friday at Greensboro, N.C. Monkhouse was a tad slower than her qualifying time of 24.79. She placed 158th overall.

Bremerton Y’s Sam Lingenbrink finished the 100 backstroke on Wednesday in 59.64 in 117th place. In the 200 back on Thursday, Lingenbrink was 87th in 2 minutes, 6.64 seconds, faster than her qualifying time of 2:07.22. This was her second Y Nationals.


BISC’s Markow sets NW age-group record

April 1st, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Aron Markow set a Pacific Northwest age group record this past weekend in the 50-yard butterfly during the PNW Spring Divisional short-course swimming meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Markow, competing in the 11-year-old boys division, touched the wall in 29.50 seconds. The old record was 32.09.

Also, Elizabeth Helmer of Olympic Aquatic Club was second in the 100 freestyle, BISC’s Amelia Kimball was second in the 50 breaststroke and 100 individual medley in the 11-year-old division. Hannah Tonsmann of BISC was third in the 100 breaststroke for the 13 and over division.

Locals (top 25)

Girls

11 years

100 freestyle

2, Elizabeth Helmer (OAC) 1:03.67. 8, Amelia Kimball (BISC) 1:05.16.

50 backstroke

4, Milena Broom (BISC) 34.83. 8, Helmer (OAC) 35.12.

50 breaststroke

2, Kimball (BISC) 38.07. 3, Broom (BISC) 38.10.

50 freestyle

6, Kimball (BISC) 29.51. 11, Helmer (OAC) 30.17.

100 IM

2, Kimball (BISC) 1:14.01. 12, Helmer (OAC) 1:17.19. 16, Broom (BISC) 1:18.57.

12 year olds

12, M. Brotherton (PPST) 33.97.

13 & Over

200 backstroke

4, McKenzie Bell (BISC) 2:19.94. 15, Isabel Hendryx (PPST) 2:26.10.

100 freestyle

12, Hannah Tonsmann (BISC) 58.21

200 breaststroke

4, Tonsmann (BISC) 2:40.69. 20, Daisy Bell (BISC) 2:47.54.

200 freestyle

8, Tonsmann (BISC) 2:05.97.

100 backstroke

11T, Bell (BISC), Sierra Lesnik (Issaq) 1:05.91. 23, Isabel Hendryx (PPST) 1:07.67.

200 butterfly

12, Bell (BISC) 2:34.85. 22, L. Kobelansky (BISC) 3:00.13.

100 breaststroke

3, Tonsmann (BISC) 1:14.76. 21, D. Bell (BISC) 1:20.67.

50 freestyle

21, Tonsmann (BISC) 27.04.

 

Boys

11 years old

100 freestyle

21, Nathaniel Lapin (BISC) 1:10.32. 25, Ben Chapman (BISC) 1:11.09.

50 butterfly

1, Aron Markow (BISC) 29.50*. 11, Chapman (BISC) 35.27.

50 backstroke

6, Lapin (BISC) 36.63.

50 breaststroke

8, Lapin (BISC) 40.41.

100 IM

11, Lapin (BISC) 1:19.33.

13 & Over

200 butterfly

12, Sam Chapman (BISC) 2:51.70.


Hebard, Beers, Kerns all win at spring divisionals

March 29th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Eleanor Hebard of Olympic Aquatic Club won two individual titles and placed in two other events at the Pacific Northwest age-group spring swimming divisional meet Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Hebard won the 100-yard freestyle title in the 9-year-old division in 1 minute, 12.84 seconds. She won the 100 individual medley in 1:23.26, and was second in the 50 breaststroke and fourth in the 50 backstroke. Ava Harris of PPST was second in the 10-year-old 50 butterfly while Margaret Hayes of BISC was third. Hayes finished second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 50 backstroke.

Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s Brendan Kerns won the 9-year-old 50-yard butterfly in 34.41 seconds. He was third in the 50 backstroke, 100 individual medley and 100 freestyle. Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Sean Markow was second in the 50 breast. In the 10-year-old division, Isaac Beers of Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team won the 50 butterfly in 32.75, was third in the 50 backstroke and fourth in the 100 IM.

The meet continues Sunday.

LOCALS

Girls

8-Under

50 butterfly

16, Emma Johnson (OAC) 50.09. 20, Kathrine Houseman (BISC) 59.20.

50 breaststroke

16, Amelia Sinopole (PPST) 56.24. 22, Johnson (OAC) 58.50.

50 freestyle

18, Alexa Fiore (BISC) 40.06. 41, Johnson (OAC) 45.03. 45, Houseman (BISC) 46.22.

100 IM

42, Sinopole (PPST) 1:58.76. 43, Johnson (OAC) 1:59.67.

9 year old

100 freestyle

1, Eleanor Hebard (OAC) 1:12.84. 32, Regina Obnial (PSSC) 1:30.63.

50 backstroke

4, Hebard (OAC) 39.72. 9, Emma Solseng (BISC) 41.09. 48, Obnial (PSSC) 48.07. 53, Emily Hung (BISC) 49.30.

50 breaststroke

2,  Hebard (OAC) 43.87. 8,  Solseng (BISC) 47.10; 18,  Obnial (PSSC) 49.80. 27,  Hung (BISC) 52.17.

50 freestyle

12,  Solseng (BISC) 36.62.

100 IM

1, Hebard (OAC) 1:23.26. 12, Solseng (BISC) 1:31.94.

10 year old

50 butterfly

2, Ava Harris (PPST) 32.19. 3, Margaret Hayes (BISC) 32.90. 23, Siena Levan (BISC) 38.79. 32, Eden Michael (BISC) 41.03.

100 freestyle

9, Hayes (BISC) 1:08.79. 37, Michael (BISC) 1:16.76.

50 backstroke

3, Hayes (BISC) 35.39. 7, Harris (PPST) 36.18. 43, Elena Conklin (BISC) 41.86. 58, Annie Brooks (BISC) 45.25.

50 breaststroke

32,  Michael (BISC) 48.73. 38,  Levan (BISC) 50.69. 56,  Brooks (BISC) 54.39.

50 freestyle

2, Hayes (BISC) 30.97. 10, Harris (PPST) 31.44. 56, Levan (BISc) 37.01. 59,  Conklin (BISC) 37.31. 87,  Brooks (BISC) 41.25.

100 IM

11, Harris (PPST) 1:19.79. 33, Michael (BISC) 1:28.31. 49,  Levan (BISC) 1:32.79. 58, Conklin (BISC) 1:35.90.

Boys

8Under

50 breaststroke

6, Finn Wenker (BISC) 52.59.

50 freestyle

31, Wenker (BISC) 43.50.

9 year old

100 freestyle

3, Brendan Kerns (BYST) 1:10.87. 23, Adam Eaton (BISC) 1:26.48. 26, Ramzi Megalli (OAC) 1:26.87. 33, Colin McDevitt (BISC) 1:36.83.

50 butterfly

1, Kerns (BYST) 34.41. 2, Sean Markow (BISC) 36.56.

50 backstroke

3, Kerns (BYST) 40.34. 6,  Markow (BISC) 41.25. 25,  Eaton (BISC) 46.69. 26,  Megalli (OAC) 46.84.

50 breaststroke

2, Sean Markow (BISC) 44.16.

50 freestyle

5, Markow (BISC) 34.27. 34, Eaton (BISC) 39.68.

100 IM

3, Kerns (BYST) 1:23.58. 36, Eaton (BISC) 1:45.13.

10 year old

100 freestyle

7, Isaac Beers (PPST) 1:09.97. 9, Mitchell Bell (BISC) 1:11.27. 22, Joe Kobelansky (BISC) 1:17.35. 34, Alex Miller (BISC) 1:21.35.

50 butterfly

1, Beers (PPST) 32.75. 14, Bell (BISC) 41.35. 18, Kobelansky (BISC) 44.46.

50 backstroke

3,  Beers (PPST) 35.96. 27, Kobelansky (BISC) 43.87. 33,  Miller (BISC) 45.15.

50 freestyle

12, Bell (BISC) 33.24. 34,  Miller (BISC) 36.71.

100 IM

4, Beers (PPST) 1:17.15. 24, Miller (BISC) 1:32.55. 26, Bell (BISC) 1:33.15. 33, Kobelansky (BISC) 1:35.35.


YMCA Nationals start next week

March 28th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team will be represented for the second straight year at the YMCA Short Course National Championships next week in Greensboro, N.C.

The meet is Tuesday-Friday.

Aspen Monkhouse will swim in the 50-yard freestyle. Sam Lingenbrink, who went last year, will be in the 200 backstroke and the 100 back.

Olympian Alex Meyers will lead the march of athletes during the opening ceremonies and Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary will also attend.


About This Blogger

Annette Griffus has covered swimming since 2001, from age-group to high school and the Olympics.

Polls

Will Michael Phelps compete in 2016 Olympics?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
    follow me on Twitter