Bremerton YMCA second at Fall Festival, Haselwood team fifth

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, which found itself without a home pool while the Jarstad Aquatic Center was being remodeled this summer, finished second at the Fall Festival Swim Meet in Hoquiam. The meet, which was hosted by Grays Harbor YMCA, was the kickoff to the 2014-15 season. Grays Harbor won the team title, followed by Bremerton.  Bremerton won the meet last year.

Haselwood Family YMCA Hammerheads finished fifth.

Picking up individual wins for Bremerton were Wyatt Coffin (100 IM, 50 breast), Katie Croman (25 free, 25 back), Rainier Meyer (50 free, 50 breast), Aziza Meyer (25 breast, 50 free 100 IM), Sienna Cheng Lucey (25 fly, 25 back), Tarvyn Shelton (25 free, 50 free, 25 back), Brendan Kerns (50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM), Dieterich Meyer (100 IM, 100 free), Trayton Shelton (50 fly, 50 free, 100 free) and Garrett Coffin (50 back). Bremerton also won the mixed 8U 100 medley relay, 10U 200 free relay, 10U 200 medley relay and 21U 200 free relay.

Individual winners for Haselwood Hammerheads were Lucy Mitchell (50 back, 50 breast, 100 IM).

Here’s the full results:


And the team results:

1, Grays Harbor 1,646. 2, Bremerton 1,437. 3, Olympia 1,406. 4, Morgan Family Sea Dragons 1,143. 5, Haselwood Family Hammerheads 283. 6, Lakewood Sharks 155.

USA Swimming comes down hard on Michael Phelps — as it should

USA Swimming left no room for doubt. You do enough to blacken their eye, you’re toast. The governing body of swimming took off the gloves and dealt a six-month suspension to Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, for his second DUI arrest. USA Swimming said Phelps violated its code of conduct and banned him from any USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015. That forced Phelps to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

I hate to see it happen, but I don’t empathize with Phelps. I’m on the side of making the correct decision, which Phelps hasn’t done. Drinking and driving is a choice. It’s not a mistake. You knowingly get into a vehicle after consuming drugs or alcohol, you will eventually kill someone. I’m glad USA Swimming took the stand that it did and I hope that Michael Phelps gets the wake up call he needs.

I’m so sick to death of having to see sports athletes stand there an apologize for something that is so easily avoided. Call. A. Cab. Rent. A. Limo. What about a designated driver?? What. Is that uncool? I don’t understand it.

But don’t even tell me that you made a bad decision, that everyone makes mistakes and you’re sorry. A bad decision is staying up late the night before and being late to work the next day or eating an entire cheesecake. A mistake is forgetting to stop by the bank to make that deposit or forgetting your dry-cleaning. It doesn’t work when it comes to drinking and driving. That’s a blatant choice to hurt others and yourself.

If I’ve offended you. Good. Here’s some statistics that will offend you further, or maybe not.


Here’s the story from Beth Harris of the Associated Press:

Michael Phelps’ comeback took a major hit on Monday, with USA Swimming suspending the 18-time Olympic champion for six months and forcing him to withdraw from next year’s world championships.

Phelps also lost six months of funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old swimmer is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015.

USA Swimming said Phelps violated its Code of Conduct, and cited a section of its 2014 Rule Book in punishing him. Its executive committee approved the sanctions, which take effect immediately.

“Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences,” said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming executive director. “We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions.”

Phelps can still train with his North Baltimore club, but he had already qualified for the world championships in Russia next August, which is the biggest international meet leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Phelps came out of retirement earlier this year with his sights set on competing at a fifth Olympics in Rio. Being barred from the world meet could put a serious dent in those ambitions.

His latest arrest came about a month after Phelps won three golds and two silvers at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia. He had retired after the 2012 London Olympics, having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals in four games.

Phelps’ monthly funding stipend of $1,750 will be halted for six months, costing him a total of $10,500. That is small change compared to the millions he earns through several major endorsements, including Aqua Sphere, Subway, Under Armour, Omega and Master Spas.

“Michael accepts USA Swimming’s sanctions,” according to a statement from his representatives at Octagon. “He has apologized for his actions and, as he shared yesterday, is taking steps to address them.”

Over the weekend, Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.

“Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future,” he said in a series of posts on his Twitter account.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said, “We think the sanctions are appropriate and we are glad that Michael is seeking help. We are grateful that nobody was hurt and appreciate the speed at which USA Swimming and Michael took action.”

While Phelps was still working out his schedule for the upcoming year, he will miss the first three U.S. Grand Prix meets in Minneapolis in November, Austin, Texas, in January and Orlando, Florida, in February.

The earliest he could return to Grand Prix competition would be at a meet in Mesa, Arizona, that begins April 15.

USA Swimming’s punishment was its harshest ever imposed on its superstar. The governing body suspended Phelps for three months in 2009 after a photo emerged of him using a marijuana pipe, even though he was not charged.

USA Swimming took no action after Phelps’ 2004 drunken driving arrest when he was 19.

Phelps was charged on Sept. 30 with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines on Interstate 95. He registered .14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation; the legal limit is .08 percent in Maryland.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.

If convicted, Phelps faces up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and the loss of his driver’s license for six months.

In 2004, Phelps was arrested and charged with drunken driving on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, fresh from the Athens Olympics, where he won six gold medals.

Phelps pleaded guilty to the charges, but as a young first-time offender he avoided conviction. A judge imposed 18 months’ probation and a fine but waived the conviction, which means Phelps now faces the same penalties a first-time offender would.


Former Islander Williams commits to Stanford

Former Bainbridge Islander Kim Williams, who moved to Bellevue and how swims for the Wolverines, verbally committed to Stanford University on Wednesday according to Braden Keith of

Williams swam for Bainbridge Island Swim Club before her family moved to Bellevue when she was 12. Keith calls Williams an incredible all-around swimmer and a true IM star. She recently competed for Team USA at the 2014 Junior Pan Pac Championships in Hawaii where she placed third in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 14.18 seconds. She is also the long-course Junior National Champion in both the 200 IM and 400 IM.

Joining Williams for the 2015 freshman class at Stanford are Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky, the sixth-ranked recruit in the nation Kaitlyn Albertoli.

Williams is the two-time defending state champion in the 3A 200 IM and the three-time champion in the 100 breaststroke.

You can read more on Keith’s story here.

USA Swimming announces Golden Goggles nominees

Nathan Adrian of Bremerton was nominated for a Golden Goggle award as part of the 4×100 medley relay team from the Pan Pacific Championships in August. The race is under the relay performance of the year category. Also on the team were Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Michael Phelps. The foursome finished with a meet record of 3:29.94 to claim the gold.

The complete list is below and here’s the link to vote. You can vote as often as you like until Nov. 14.

Breakout Performer of the Year

Maya DiRado

Katie McLaughlin

Ryan Murphy

Cierra Runge

Kendyl Stewart

Perseverance Award

Open Water Gold Medalists: Haley Anderson & Andrew Gemmell

Kevin Cordes

Missy Franklin

Michael Phelps

Tom Shields

Coach of the Year

Bob Bowman

Dave Durden

Bruce Gemmell

David Marsh

Relay Performance of the Year

Women’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x200m Free Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Race of the Year

Cammile Adams – 200m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Maya DiRado – 200m IM, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Jessica Hardy – 100m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 400m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Katie Ledecky – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Male Race of the Year

Tyler Clary – 200m Back, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Nic Fink – 200m Breast, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Connor Jaeger – 1500m Free, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Michael Phelps – 100m Fly, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships

Female Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel

Maya DiRado

Missy Franklin

Katie Ledecky

Male Athlete of the Year

Tyler Clary

Connor Jaeger

Michael Phelps

Silverdale’s Sapp, Seattle U participate in SWAA

Arianna Sapp of Silverdale and members of the Seattle University swim team participated in the Swim Across America, an annual event dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.

Sapp, a redshirt sophomore, finished in seventh place in the two-mile race that began at the Mercerwood Shore Club and ended at Luther Burbank Park at Mercer Island. The team members raised $4,460, part of more than $240,000 raised on behalf of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Sapp graduated from Valhalla, California, High School, and previously swam for Olympic Aquatic Club.

BAM coach wins national award

I received this release from the Bainbridge Aquatic Masters regarding head coach April Cheadle:


April Cheadle
April Cheadle

This week Bainbridge Aquatic Masters (BAM) head coach April Cheadle will travel to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept the Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award. This national award is given to a handful of coaches each year who are building masters membership in communities throughout the country.
Since Cheadle became the BAM coach in 2010, membership on the team has doubled ­ primarily because Cheadle’s passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and patience with all levels of swimmers (and) has become (a) local legend.

The Kerry O’Brien Coaching Award was created to honor the namesake coach of the very successful Walnut Creek Masters program, and the spirit and passion he brings to coaching. Five principal areas of excellence are considered: Building the Foundation, Reenergizing, Mentoring a New Club, Coaching Education at the Local Level and Creating Opportunities for Members. Cheadle was awarded for exceeding the criteria in two areas: Reenergizing and Creating Opportunities for Members.

Cheadle grew up in Central Washington and swam at the University of Washington. She is certified as a coach at the United States Masters Swimming Levels 1, 2 and 3, and was selected as assistant coach for the
Puget Sound Masters National Team in 2011, and co-head coach of the team in 2012 and head coach in 2014.

BAM is the local United States Masters team. They swim at the Bainbridge Aquatic Center with 13 different swim practices offered each week. To be a Masters swimmer, you must be age 18 or older and registered with United States Masters Swimming. Skill level and ability varies from beginner to national competitor and all are welcome. Get more info at

OAC hires two new coaches

Olympic Aquatic Club hired two new coaches for its senior and age-group teams.

Patrick Hamilton replaces Greg Mercer while Shona Jarboe takes over for Taryn Beard.

Hamilton is a former high school All-American who swam at Interlake High in Bellevue before graduating from Louisiana State University and the University of Washington. Hamilton coached the Pacific Northwest Swimming All-Stars in Las Vegas and was a PNW zone team coach, age-group coach for King Aquatic Club in Seattle, Issaquah Swim Team and the Central Area Aquatic Team head coach.

Jarboe was coaching age-group swimming at Bangor Trident Swim Team before joining OAC.


OAC has open tryouts for all swimmers ages 6-18. For more information, contact


Adrian sweeps Singapore Swim Stars sprints

Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian won the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the one-day showdown style meet, the Singapore Swim Stars on Friday.

I don’t have a lot of information, and quite frankly we’re not even sure his time was correct because the scoreboard was faulty. Adrian won the 100 in 48.46 and the 50 with a win in the final over fellow American Josh Schneider, 21.72 to 21.76.

You can read more here. Another link to Zee News of India had a feature on Nathan, which you can read here.

Oh, and Adrian pocketed $20,000 for his wins. Not a bad day right there.

Magnusson out of Swim Stars Showdown due to back injury

A back injury that has been plaguing world champion James Magnusson has now taken him out of the Singapore Swim Stars that begins Friday.

Here’s the announcement from Singapore Swim Stars via and Mel Stewart.

His back has been ailing the Olympic silver medalist enough that he was forced to withdraw from the 50 freestyle at the recently completed Pan Pacific Championships in Australia.

It’s safe to say Magnusson’s head-to-head match up with Nathan Adrian was to be a highlight of the one-day meet.

Adrian part of “fantasy camp” for USA Swimming Foundation

If you’ve ever had the dream of training like an Olympic champion, here’s your chance.

USA Swimming Foundation is offering a chance to live, eat and train like an Olympian at the U.S. Olympic Training Complex Aquatic Center in Colorado Springs. The fantasy camps for ages 12-17 will be October 9-12 while the adult camp, 18 and over, is October 17-19.

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian, a USA Swimming Foundation ambassador, will participate in the adult camp along with Rowdy Gaines and three-time Olympic champion Debbie Meyer. Serving as head coach is Bruce Gemmell, coach to Olympians Andrew Gemmell and Katie Ledecky. The youth camp will be attended by national team assistant coach Todd Schmitz, foundation ambassador and gold medalists Anthony Ervin, Mel Stewart and two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton.

The youth camp registration deadline is Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 for the adult camp. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy workouts, workshops and interact with national team members.

More information on the fantasy camps can be found here, as well as the USA Swimming Foundation.