Category Archives: Bainbridge Island

Silver, Kirk swimming for cancer research and cure

Olympians and Kitsap natives Emily Silver and Dana Kirk will be participating in the Swim Across America fundraiser at Lake Washington on Saturday.

Silver is a Bainbridge native and won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008 while Kirk, a Bremerton grad, competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

To find out more about Swim Across America, click here.

Washington volleyball featured in live broadcasts

The University of Washington volleyball team, which includes Bainbridge High product Kelcey Dunaway, will be featured on UWTV in eight live broadcasts on Ch. 27.

The first match to be televised is Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. against the USC Trojans. 

Dunaway, a junior, is a two-year letter winner and is coming off her most successful season at UW. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker has developed into a formidable server, dishing up 25 aces as a sophomore — second-most on the team. She also had a team-high four aces in the NCAA Tournament last season.

Here’s the TV schedule: 

Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. vs. USC 

Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. vs. UCLA 

Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. vs. Oregon 

Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Colorado 

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. vs. Utah 

Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. vs. Arizona State 

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. vs. California 

Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. vs. Washington State

Adrian qualifies for finals in 100 fly at NCAA swimming

California senior and Bremerton native Nathan Adrian advanced to Friday night’s finals in the 100-yard butterfly at the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Adrian, who set an American record in the 50 free Thursday, touched the wall in 45.89 seconds, to qualify sixth. Adrian said earlier this week that his goal was to make the finals in order to gain more points for Cal, which was sitting in third place in the team standings after the first day of the meet.

Adrian will swim in the finals at 5 p.m. You can watch a live streaming web feed here.

Also, Navy’s Olaf Olson, a Bainbridge High graduate, finished 30th in the 3-meter diving event. The top 16 divers move on to the finals.

Adrian tops in 50 free after prelims at NCAA Swimming

Nathan Adrian had the fastest qualifying time for the 50-yard freestyle finals in the morning’s preliminaries at the NCAA swimming and diving championships today at the University of Minnesota.

Adrian, a senior at California and Bremerton native, touched the wall in 18.76 seconds, bettering his previous best time of the season at 18.91. Second seed Adam Brown of Auburn had a time of 18.91.

Adrian also swam the opening leg in Cal’s 200 free relay, which had the fourth fastest time of the day in 1 minute, 16.67. Auburn is the top qualifier in 1:15.50.

The finals are at 5 p.m.

A video of the prelims from Day 1 can be viewed here.

Also, Navy’s Olaf Olson, a Bainbridge High graduate, is diving 10th in the 1-meter springboard event today. An update will be posted when it becomes available.

UPDATE: Olaf finished 32nd after the prelims with a score of 269.90. The top 16 make the finals.

Bainbridge’s McDonald Named to U.S. Cyclocross World Team

If you like mud, a lot of mud, you’d almost have to be a fan of cyclocross — the bicycle sport that has riders jumping on and off their bikes through mud, grass and pavement. If you are a fan of cyclocross and you’re from Kitsap, you need to follow Zach McDonald.

McDonald is a Bainbridge Island native and a freshman at the University of Washington. He’s also a two-time national champion and finished third in a World Cup race in France last year — it’s a big deal, trust us.

I’m working on a story for sometime next week on McDonald and I’ll be keeping track of him on this blog during the rest of the European and domestic seasons.

Gray Not on Wooden List Anymore

Gonzaga’s Steven Gray didn’t make the John Wooden Wooden midseason watch list. The Bainbridge grad was on the preseason list, which included 50 players. The list has been trimmed to 30.

Washington State’s Clay Thompson and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas made the cut.

Gray, a 6-5 senior guard who was slowed by a back injury last month, is averaging a team-high 14.1 points and 4.7 assists for the Zags, who openn up WCC play on Saturday. Gonzaga has won 10 straight WCC titles.

Gray’s projected to go in the second round of the NBA Draft in this mock draft.