Monthly Archives: July 2009

Saying Goodbye to a Kitsap Legend

For Olympic Aquatic Club, and many other swimmers/parents/fans, Thursday will be a bittersweet day. One of the largest end-of-summer meets, the PNS Championships in Federal Way, gets underway — but it’s also the meet where longtime OAC head coach Bonnie Burmaster will, at the end, retire from coaching. You can read about it here as well as see a video of Bonnie.

I had a chance not to long ago to visit with Bonnie, and husband Elwin at their farm off Waaga Way (that’s a little slice of heaven right there!) and I can certainly see why she will be missed. It has to be impossible not to like Bonnie. Her joy for her ‘swim’ kids is apparent and she never treated it like a job or chore —

something she had to do. Plus, she’s one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met.

For Bonnie it’s always been about teaching the kids and cheering on their successes. She will be greatly missed. So if you see Bonnie on the deck at KCAC Thursday-Sunday, give her a hug and tell her thanks. She deserves it. Continue reading

This, That and One More Thing

It’s officially one week from the start of the FINA world swimming championships — although other sports like diving and synchronized swimming are going on right now in Rome — so since we have a little time before it starts, here’s a look at what’s going on locally.

The 10th annual Fat Salmon swim was Saturday at Lake Washington. Several OAC masters swimmers participated (and hopefully they didn’t feel like a chubby NW fish). Here’s how it went down: Continue reading

NBC to Air Swimming Worlds

NBC has joined Universal Sports in airing coverage of the FINA World Championships, beginning July 26. While is showing a live web cast, NBC begins its show next Sunday from 9-11 a.m. (local) and again Aug. 1 and 2, 9-11 a.m.

NBC’s coverage will highlight the men’s and women’s 4×100 free race — the men’s race is a rematch between the U.S. and France from the Beijing Olympics last summer. It’s likely Nathan Adrian will be a member of that team. Other races include  the 100 fly with WR holder Michael Phelps and Dara Torres in the 50 free.

Universal Sports (check local listings for channel) will feature a two-hour primetime show starting at 5 p.m. each night of the championships. The network (which is Ch. 115/Comcast in my neighborhood) is airing the championships live 9 a.m. Monday, July 27-Friday, July 31. A notable race is the 100 freestyle, in which Nathan is swimming, on Thursday. is streaming both the finals and the morning prelims. Check the web site for times.

The Blogstroke is Back!

After a somewhat lengthy layoff, the Blogstroke is back.

The Blogstroke first appeared last summer in advance of the U.S. Olympic swim trials, in which we had locals Tara and Dana Kirk and Nathan Adrian (all of Bremerton) and Bainbridge Island’s Emily Silver competing for spots to Beijing. If you’ve kept up on swimming, you know Adrian and Silver each won medals as part of their respective 400 free relays.

My goal is to make the Blogstroke one-stop shopping for all swimming/water sports news on the Kitsap Peninsula. With the help of coaches, swimmers of all ages, and you — the readers — I hope it’s a blog you enjoy, is enlightening and can answer a question or two about swimming.

The blog will encompass everything from age-group club swimming, high school, masters, and our Kitsap Olympians — as well as touching on what’s going on around the world of swimming. Continue reading