Monthly Archives: March 2013

Michigan wins NCAA men’s title

The University of Michigan won its first NCAA men’s swimming and diving championship since 1995 on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Michigan held off two-time defending champion California for the win. Arizona was third. The Pac-12 had a strong showing with four teams finishing in the top 10. USC was fourth and Stanford seventh.

Southern California’s, Vlad Morozov swept the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events, broke the NCAA mark in the 100. Morozov, who earned a bronze medal at the London Olympics last year as a member of the 400 freestyle relay, finished in 40.76 seconds. The old record was held by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo from 2008 in 40.92.

Bremerton native, California alum, and Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, who was in attendance at the meet, still holds the American record of 41.08.

Morozov’s swim was just one of many for the meet; including Cal senior Tom Shields, who tied Michael Phelps 200 butterfly time; Arizona’s Kevin Cordes, who set an American record in the 200 breast in 1:48.68 and was named the Swimmer of the Year; and Andrew Teduits of Wisconsin gave the Badgers their first NCAA title since 1959 with a win in the 200 backstroke. Kristian Ipsen of Stanford was named the Diver of the Year.

In an interesting note, Nathan does have a tie to Michigan. His former coach from The Race Club in the Florida keys, Mike Bottom, is the head coach for the Wolverines. Bottom was named the NCAA coach of the year on Saturday.

Nathan trained with TRC and Bottom for a year leading up to the 2008 Olympic Trials where he qualified for his first Olympics.

YMCA SC Nationals begin this week

The YMCA Short Course nationals are April 3-6 in Greensboro, N.C., and the Bremerton YMCA team will have swimmers competing.

The year-old club will be represented by Samantha Lingenbrink in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, as well as its 200 freestyle relay team of sisters; Sarah and Leah Avery and Samantha and Alicia Carlin.

Lingenbrink, a junior at Central Kitsap, is seeded 80th in the 100 breast in 58.63 seconds, and 118th in the 200 back in two minutes, 8.68 seconds.

The relay is seeded 78th in 1:40.95.

I’ll have a full story on Lingenbrink (with photos by the wonderful and talented Meegan Reid) and the relay qualifying for nationals early next week, so keep an eye out for that.


Nathan Adrian making appearance at NCAA men’s championship

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will be at the NCAA Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, not only to root on his alma mater, California, but also for a meet-and-great with fans through the USA Swimming Foundation.

The free event is Saturday from 4-6 p.m. (Eastern) in Indianapolis at the NCAA Conference Center.

National team director Frank Busch will also be on hand.

Click this link to find out more information.

Cal had a strong showing on the first day of NCAAs Thursday, but the two-time defending champions trail Michigan, 153 to 123.5.

You can read about it here.


Video of the week: Stories from the pool, Jason Lezak

This week’s video is a two-part documentary-style video on U.S. Olympian Jason Lezak.

If you’re a swim fan, and assuming you’re reading this blog then you are, you know the name. Well, now here’s a chance to get to know the man behind the name. Cole Smith did a great job producing the film.

Here’s the link to part one, and part two.


BISC’s Campbell wins two more SC titles

Bainbridge Island’s Lia Campbell won her fourth and fifth individual titles at the Northwest Age Group Short Course swimming championship Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Campbell won the 13-year old 100-yard butterfly in 57.87 seconds. She followed that with a win in the 200 freestyle in one minute, 53.33 seconds.

In the 15-18 category, Kelsey Crane of the Olympic Aquatic Club won the 100 butterfly in 58.74. Crane was also third in the 200 free.

Other top local placers included BISC’s Mikelle Ackerley who was second in the 200 free in the 15-18 category; Kevin Houseman of Puget Sound Swim Club finished second in the boys 11 year old 50 breaststroke and BISC’s William Waite was second in the 11-12 year old in 200 backstroke in 2:07.91.

For a complete list of local finishers, see below;

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BISC’s Campbell wins two more titles at age group champs

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell won two more events at the Northwest Region Short Course Age Group championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Campbell, 13, won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.72 seconds and the 500 free in five minutes, 3.18 seconds. Campbell also won the 50 free on Friday.

Eleanor Beers of the Poulsbo Piranhas won her second event in the 10 & Under division, the 100 free in 58.74. Beers was also third in the 50 butterfly (30.03).

Other local top placers include Kelsey Crane of Olympic Aquatic Club, who was second in the 200 individual medley in the 15-18 category with a time of 2:11.09; BISC’s Candice Rosen was second in the 14-year-old 200 breaststroke in 2:25.04 and BISC’s Allison Murphy was third in the 15-18 200 breaststroke (2:30.47).

Bainbridge’s boys 200 medley relay placed third in the 15-18 division (3:48.83).

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Three locals win events at age group championships

William Waite, Eleanor Beers and Lia Campbell each walked away with a title from day one of the Northwest Region Short Course Championships on Friday.

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Waite won the 100-yard backstroke in Federal Way after he touched the wall at the King County Aquatic Center in 58.62 seconds in the 12-year-old category. He was also fifth in the 400 individual medley.

Waite’s teammate Campbell won the 13-year-old 50 freestyle in 23.97 seconds, just off the NWAG record of 23.80. Campbell was out-touched at the wall by Kelly Huffer of North Whidbey Aquatics in the 13-year-old 200-yard butterfly to place second. Huffer finished in two minutes, 5.99 seconds while Campbell was right behind in 2:06.84.

Beers, who swims for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, won the 50 freestyle in the 10 and under category in 27.16. Beers was fourth in the 100 backstroke as well.

Other top placers include Olympic Aquatic Club’s Kelsey Crane, who finished second in the 15-18 200 butterfly. Crane touched in 2:10.79, behind Tara Degeorge of Aurora Swim Team in 2:09.13. Crane’s time qualified her for the Western Zone Senior Championships meet July 31-Aug. 4.

Poulsbo Piranhas’ Tim Gallagher was third in the 100 backstroke in the 11 year old category.

See below for complete results of local swimmers;

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Campbell, Beers top seeds in NW Age Group champs

A handful of West Sound swimmers are seeded first in various events at the Northwest Region 2013 Short Course Age Group Championships.

The meet runs Friday-Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The morning session begins at 9 a.m. with the second session at 5 p.m.

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell is seeded first in four events; the girls 13 year old 50-yard freestyle (24.01 seconds), 100 free (52.31), 100 butterfly (58.61), 200 free (one minute, 53.84 seconds), and she is second in the 200 fly (2:09.32). She’s also seeded fifth in the girls 13-18 year old 500 free.

Eleanor Beers of the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team is the top seed in two events, the 10-Under 50 free (27.17) and the 100 free (58.58). She’s also the third seed in the 50 fly and is scheduled to swim the 100 fly, 100 individual medley and 100 back.

Other swimmers garnering top seeds include Olympic Aquatic Club’s Kelsey Crane (a state high school champion in the 500 free for Klahowya) and BISC’s Candice Rosen and Mikelle Ackerley. Crane is No. 1 in the girls 15-18 200 IM in 2:11.52 and the 100 fly (59.17) and is the third seed in the 200 butterfly.

Rosen is the top seed in the 1,650 for the 11-18 category with a time of 17:52.00 and is also seeded third in the 11-18 500 freestyle. Ackerley is the top seed in the 15-18 200 freestyle in 1:56.54.

Port Angeles Swim Club’s Nadia Cole is also No. 1 in the 10 & Under 50 breaststroke in 36.06.

Here’s a list of area swimmers and clubs competing at the meet. If I’ve missed anyone, please let me know and I’ll update this post;

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Video of the Week: Touch the Wall

Christo Brock and Grant Barbeito are the team behind the feature-length documentary Touch the Wall starring Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce.

Brock and Barbeito need your help. After two years in production, they need funds to help them during the editing process.

You can watch a bit of the video here and find out how to help through

I would love to see this film be finished and if you’re a swim fan I’m sure you would to. It’s a great inside look on what it takes to become an Olympic champion and both Franklin and Joyce are great role models.

Franklin crushes 500 free record at Speedo Western Region meet

Olympic champion Missy Franklin crushed the field and the record in the 500-yard freestyle at the Speedo Champions/Western Region Short Course Championships Saturday.

Franklin had a winning time of 4 minutes, 34.62 seconds. Amber McDermott of Mill Creek held the record of 4:40.04 since 2010. Runner-up Christina Jennings of RallySport Aquatics finished in 4:44.39.

Franklin also won the 100 freestyle and set a new meet record. Franklin, the multiple Olympic medalist from the 2012 London Games, touched the wall at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way in 51.18 seconds.

Also, Jasmine Mau of Kamehameha Swimming (Hawaii) set a meet record in the 100 butterfly in 52.77. Mau broke her own record set in the morning prelims of 53.08.

In the men’s 100 backstroke, former Bainbridge resident Todd McCarthy finished seventh in 49.53, good enough for a Junior Nationals cut time. McCarthy now swims for Bellevue.

Here’s how local swimmers fared on Saturday:

Western Region SC Championships

At KCAC, Federal Way

Saturday preliminaries, locals


100 back—60, Shayla Archer (BISC) 58.43; 78, Sam Lingenbrink (BremYMCA) 59.14. 500 free—62, Kay Sterner (BISC) 5:07.27; 100, Sarah Grundman (BISC) 5:12.02. 100 breast—48T, Ani Duni (BISC), Zoe Bartel (Fort Collins) 1:06.69. 100 fly—105, Candice Rosen (BISC) 59.43; 113, Anna Peirano (BISC) 59.82. 400 free relay—31, BISC (Mikelle Ackerley, Duni, Rosen, Sterner) 3:40.25.


100 breast—80, Christopher Waite (BISC) 1:01.07.