The Bainbridge Island Dive Club finished the 2015 competitive
club season at the USA Diving National Preliminary Zone E
Championships June 10-12. The zone meet drew in divers from
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado,
Utah and Nebraska.
Bainbridge’s Bryn Tiernan finished 18th in the 1-meter and
3-meter events with scores of 113.80 and 113.50, respectively.
Tiernan competed in the 11 to 12-year-old division.
In the boys 12-13 division, Henry Sauermann, also of Bainbridge,
placed 15th in the 1M and 3M with scores of 151.90 and 163.45.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle at the
Arena Pro Swim Series event in Santa Clara, California,
Adrian’s time of 21.97 was an in-season best and moved him to
eighth place in the world rankings for this year. He held off Bruno
Fratus of Brazil, who was the top seed, in 22.02. Russia’s Vladimir
Morozov was third in 22.27.
Adrian said with such a phenomenal field, he was happy to get his
hand on the wall first.
“Any time you pop under-22 (seconds), it’s good,” he said.
Adrian is slated to swim in the 100 free Sunday. He is the
defending champion in that event.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton is slated to swim in the Arena Pro
Swim Series event later this week in Santa Clara, California. The
meet begins Thursday with a timed-final distance session.
Friday-Sunday prelims begin at 9 a.m. followed by finals at 5
Also expected to swim are gold medalists Natalie Coughlin,
Anthony Ervin, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers and
Adrian, the defending Olympic champion in the 100 freestyle, is
seeded second in that event with a time of 47.84 seconds. Russia’s
Vladimir Morozov is the top seed with a time of 47.62. The 100 free
Adrian is also swimming the 50 freestyle. He’s the third seed
with a time of 21.47. Bruno Fratus of Brazil is the top seed in
21.41 followed by Ervin in 21.42. Ervin and Adrian are
teammates at California Aquatics.
Two members of the Bainbridge Island Dive Club, Zora Opalka and
Henry Sauermann, won events at the BC Summer Provincials Dive Meet
last weekend in Victoria, B.C., Canada.
Opalka, of Bainbridge, had a score of 391.65 on the 3-meter
springboard in the 16-18 year-old division. She also placed seventh
on the 1-meter (322.15).
Sauermann, of Bainbridge, won the 3-meter with a score of 203.55
and also earned a silver medal on the 1-meter with a score of
BIDC teammate Cammie Rouser, of Kingston, earned silver in the
3-meter (331.15) and ninth on the 1-meter (278.40).
Poulsbo’s Jackie Hellmers, competing in the 14-15 year-old
division, finished second on the 3-meter with a score of 240.95 and
fourth on the 1-meter (235.20). In the 11-12 division, Bryn Tiernan
of Bainbridge earned a bronze on both the 1-meter (162.30) and
Both Sauermann and Tiernan qualified for the USA Diving National
Preliminary Zone E Championships in Beaverton, Oregon, June
Bremerton’s four-time Olympic medalist and 2012 freestyle
champion Nathan Adrian is teaming up with USA Swimming Foundation
for a second year to promote its Make A Splash Initiative.
Adrian joins Cullen Jones, Jessica Hardy and Jason Lezak as
ambassadors. The initiative has provided swimming lessons and
education to children and their families on the importance of
learning how to swim. Since 2007, and with the help of its 725
providers, the program has helped more than 3.3 million children,
according to USA Swimming.
Also, through the foundation’s Building Champions campaign, USA
Swimming supports national team athletes and coaches through
subsidies to help them achieve their athletic and personal
Here are some stats provided by USA Swimming on drowning
Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S., according
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with
nearly 25 percent children younger than 14
70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of
Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim, according to a national
research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of
Only 13 percent of kids who come from a non-swimming household
will ever learn to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation found
African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times
higher than their Caucasian peers, the CDC reports
Drowning is a silent killer—most young children who drowned in
pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than
five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the
time, according to the Present P. Child Drowning study