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OAC’s Crane wins twice at LeFave LC Kickoff

Olympic Aquatic Club’s Kelsey Crane won two titles at the sixth Dick LaFave Long Course Kickoff meet Saturday in Federal Way.

Crane won the 200-meter butterfly after she touched the wall in two minutes, 29.70 seconds — well ahead of second place’s Jenny Huo of Pacific Dragons Swim Team in 2:36.35 — in the 15 & Over category.

Crane also won the 200 individual medley in 2:31.38, nearly three seconds ahead of Mighty Marlins Swim Club’s Melody Coleman (2:34.20). She was second in the 200 free in 2:15.86.

OAC’s Zane Guyt finished second in the 200 breaststroke in the boys 11-12 category. He had a time of 3:15.99.

Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team’s Brianna Hoffman placed second in the 10&Under 100 freestyle in 1:18.36. Teammate Eleanor Beers finished second in the 11-12 200 butterfly and third in the 50 free.

PPST finished 10th in the team standings with 118 points while OAC was 18th (48).

Dick LaVave Invite 

(Top 20 locals)



50 back—17, Brianna Hoffman (PPST) 44.23. 50 free—7, Hoffman (PPST) 35.65. 200 free—10, Elizabeth Helmer (OAC) 3:18.31. 200 IM—6, Hoffman (PPST) 3:19.00. 20, Bev Hofer (OAC) 3:51.80. 100 free—2, Hoffman (PPST) 1:18.36. 100 fly—5, Hoffman (PPST) 1:36.10.


50 breast—19, Claudia Velie (PPST) 49.93. 50 free—3, Eleanor Beers (PPST) 30.05. 7, Isabelle Hendryx (PPST) 31.86. 8, Danielle Snyder (OAC) 31.87. 16, Velie (PPST) 33.67. 200 free—13, Tatiana Tubberville (OAC) 2:34.04. 15, Snyder (OAC) 2:35.76. 17, Beers (PPST) 2:36.86. 200 IM—11, Nicole Moran (PPST) 2:53.44. 20, Beers (PPST) 2:58.31. 100 back—6, Snyder (OAC) 1:23.02. 9, Hendryx (PPST) 1:23.69. 11, Tubberville (OAC) 1:24.52. 200 breast—11, Velie (PPST) 3:30.63. 20, Kira Ashmore (OAC) 3:46.12. 100 free—10, Beers (PPST) 1:09.57. 11, Moran (PPST) 1:09.62. 12, Snyder (OAC) 1:09.68. 16, Tubberville (OAC) 1:11.92. 19, Hendryx (PPST) 1:12.46. 200 fly—2, Beers (PPST) 3:28.43. 200 back—3, Nicole Moran (PPST) 2:50.75. 9, Snyder (OAC) 3:00.75. 12, Tubberville (OAC) 3:03.35. 14, Hendryx (PPST) 3:03.53. 100 fly—16, Ashmore (OAC) 1:30.24.


100 back—13T, Kira Crane (OAC), Emily Schahrer (IST) 1:18.26. 200 breast—9, Mya King (PPST) 3:13.74. 10, Samantha Sinopole (PPST) 3:13.75. 100 free—10, Crane (OAC) 1:06.82. 12, King (PPST) 1:07.39. 14, Serita Solis (PPST) 1:07.80. 18, Sinopole (PPST) 1:08.75. 200 IM—13, Sinopole (PPST) 2:51.17. 50 free—10, Crane (OAC) 30.50. 12, Solis (PPST) 30.59. 20, Sinopole (PPST) 31.48. 100 fly—11, Solis (PPST) 1:17.74. 100 breast—5, King (PPST) 1:28.57. 7, Sinopole (PPST) 1:29.85. 15, Crane (OAC) 1:33.57. 17, Solis (PPST) 1:33.57. 200 free—17, King (PPST) 2:32.74.


200 fly—1, Kelsey Crane (OAC) 2:29.70. 10, Alice Healy (PPST) 3:12.28. 11, Juliana Guyt (OAC) 3:14.26. 100 back—15, Katherine Anderson (PPST) 1:18.18. 100 free—14, Andersen (PPST) 1:06.65. 200 IM—1, Crane (OAC) 2:31.38. 13, Andersen (PPST) 2:47.93. 50 free—13, Andersen (PPST) 31.14. 15, Guyt OAC) 31.30. 100 fly—1, Crane (OAC) 1:07.29. 14, Guyt (OAC) 1:17.20. 17, Healy (PPST) 1:19.33. 100 breast—9, Andersen (PPST) 1:25.35. 12, Ellie Gallagher (PPST) 1:26.50. 200 free—2, Crane (OAC) 2:15.86.



50 breast—8, Adrian King (PPST) 49.43. 50 free—3, King (PPST) 34.79. 15, Isaac Beers (PPST) 39.05. 100 back—4, King (PPST) 1:29.44. 100 free—8, King (PPST) 1:21.79. 20, Beers (PPST) 1:25.33. 100 breast—3, King (PPST) 1:45.79. 20, Rocco Velie (PPST) 1:57.95. 100 fly—4, Beers (PPST) 1:34.88.


50 breast—7, Tim Gallagher (PPST) 40.23. 12, Zane Guyt (OAC) 41.67. 15, Ross Burchell (OAC) 42.91. 50 free—11, Ethan Fox (PPST) 31.20. 200 free—6, Gallagher (PPST) 2:27.90. 9, Fox (PPST) 2:30.52. 19, Mason Heaman (OAC) 2:39.23. 200 IM—5, Gallagher (PPST) 2:47.44. 18, Nathan Ramey (PPST) 3:03.49. 100 back—8, Burchell (OAC) 1:21.95. 10, Fox (PPST) 1:22.25. 200 breast—2, Zane Guyt (OAC) 3:15.99. 4, Ramey (PPST) 3:19.33. 100 free—10, Gallagher (PPST) 1:06.60. 14, Fox (PPST) 1:09.27. 100 breast—7, Guyt (OAC) 1:32.73. 10, Gallagher (PPST) 1:34.27. 11, Burchell (OAC) 1:35.22. 13, Ramey (PPST) 1:36.26. 100 fly—5, Gallagher (PPST) 1:14.24. 16, Burchell (OAC) 1:24.04.


50 free—7, Adriel Moran (PPST) 28.55. 200 back—6, Moran (PPST) 2:37.83. 15, Quincy Walker (PPST) 2:54.49. 200 free—17, Moran (PPST) 2:25.87.


100 free—20, Kevin Fox (PPST) 1:01.34. 50 free—11, Karl Otheim (OAC) 27.34. 13, Kevin Fox (OAC) 27.34. 200 back—20, Roo Jenkins (PPST) 3:10.55. 200 free—18, Fox (OAC) 2:18.97.

PPST’s Hoffman second at LaFave Kickoff

Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team’s Brianna Hoffman finished second in the 400-meter freestyle at the sixth Dick LaFave Long Course Kickoff Friday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Hoffman finished in six minutes, 8.23 seconds in the girls 10 & Under category, behind Issaquah Swim Team’s Abby Roth in 5:50.10.

PPST’s Samantha Sinopole was eighth in the 13 & Over 400 individual medley in 6:08.69, while Nathan Ramsey was ninth in the 11-12 year old 400 IM in 6:25.20. Also, Serita Solis placed 17th in the 13-14 400 free and Roo Jenkins was 20th in the boys 400 free in 5:19.84.

Olympic Aquatic Club’s Zane Guyt finished 10th in the 11-12 400 IM in 6:25.42 and Tatiana Tubberville placed ninth in the 11-12 400 free in 5:24.52.

The meet continues today with the first session at 8:30 a.m.


OAC, PPST competing in Dick LaFave LC meet

Several area swimmers will be participating in the sixth Dick LaFave Long Course Kickoff meet Friday-Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Olympic Aquatic Club and the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team will be on hand. The meet starts at 4 p.m. Friday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medals are award for first-third place with ribbons going to fourth-eighth place.

BAM’s Cheadle wins Masters coaching award

April Cheadle
April Cheadle

The nomination didn’t come as a surprise for Bainbridge Aquatic Masters swimming coach April Cheadle, but the award did.

Cheadle, who is in her third season heading the masters program for adults 18 and over on the island, won the Pacific Northwest Association of Masters Swimming PNA Coach of the Year. It’s a first for Cheadle and likely a first for BAM, which has been in existence for at least two decades.

“It really is an honor to my team because they’re the ones that took the time and effort and committed to be part of the team,” Cheadle said of the award, adding her team is an “inspiration for me as a coach. I feel like it’s a recognition for them as well.”

The PNW Masters covers all of western Washington with close to 60 teams — which range from two to 140 members.

Cheadle is not new to the coaching/teaching field. She is an elementary education teacher, but is currently not in a classroom. Cheadle graduated from Eastmont High in Wenatchee — she swam distance free and individual medley — and swam for the University of Washington.

BAM has doubled in size since Cheadle’s arrival — going from 70 to about 140 members.

BAM member Eileen McSherry wrote in the nomination form about Cheadle:

“When I returned to BAM after cancer surgery, a bit scared and lacking confidence in my body, she knew just the right words to let me know that she believed in me and my ability to heal, at my own pace and with the support of the team.

“She treated me like I was going to be normal again. I am sure that she was part of the miracle that led to my remission.”

Cheadle said the admiration is mutual.

When she joined BAM, she found a group of adults open to change and ready to be challenged, Cheadle said.

“That’s the thing that inspires me,” she said. “(To) work with adult athletes of all abilities, willing to trust you and try something new. I give them all my creativity and knowledge. I just love that combination.”

Cheadle, who is also an assistant coach with the Bainbridge Island Swim Club, said she especially enjoys the masters program because it’s not limited by time, like coaching club or high school in-season only.

“I appreciate that these are lifelong learners,” she said. “I have all the time in the world as long as they put in the effort.”

Lochte reality show thumbs up for fans, thumbs down for critics

While I didn’t watch Ryan Lochte’s new reality show, I’m not surprised it’s being panned by critics and adored by his fans.

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? premiered Sunday night on E! and was trending on Twitter.

The show is what it is folks. Reality TV. You can’t take it seriously. Good or bad, it puts swimming back in the American pop culture spotlight leading up to the world championships in Barcelona.

What did you think of the show?

Touch the Wall documentary meets Kickstarter goal

Touch the Wall, a documentary film about Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce and their journey to the Olympics, reached it’s post-production goal via and will be produced.

The campaign surpassed it’s goal of $110,000 on Saturday with $110,335 pledged. You can still donate to the campaign.

Here’s a link to the website. I wrote about it earlier on this blog, which you can find here.

Men’s sprint freestylers posting fast times around the world

The international swimming scene has held most of their world championship trials meets during the last two weeks. Team USA will hold theirs in June, but in the meantime those big boys of the water have been putting down some very fast times so far.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s posted some of the top times in the world so far this year:

50 freestyle

France’s Florent Manadou, the reigning Olympic champion in the 50 free, posted a 21.55 to remain on top of the world rankings.

He is followed by Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian in the No. 2 spot, in 21.70, a time he set at the Austin Grand Prix in January. Adrian also has the third fastest time of 21.71 from the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona just last week.

France’s Fred Bousquet followed right behind in 21.73, set at the French championships earlier this month.

South Africa’s Roland Schoeman popped a 21.88 in the prelims of the S.A. Nationals on Saturday.

100 freestyle

Adrian held the No. 1 spot in the world since Jan. 3 when he went 48.11 at the 2nd Mediterranean International Meet (MOM) in Marseille, but  has since been surpassed by Russia’s Vladimir Morozov.

Morozov was the first to go sub-48 in 2013, posting a 47.93 at the Russian National championships on Saturday to win the 100 free.

Nikita Lobintsov‘s time of 48.17 is currently third and Danila Izotov is fourth in 48.18. Izotov bettered his time of from the semis of 48.23.

Australia’s James Magnussen posted a 48.38 at the Australian BHP Billiton in January and William Meynard of France went 48.53 at the French Championships. China’s Zetao Ning posted a 48.60 at the Chinese Nationals while France’s Yannick Agnel went 48.62 at the national championships.

So, really, what does all this mean?

The world championships are still about three months away and the elite swimmers are stepping up their training and prepping for what will be an epic worlds meet in Barcelona.

I’d expect with these times the meet to be on par with London in terms of excitement for fans, although there is usually not as much media hype. That in itself is unfortunate as swimmers consider this meet to be just as important — and maybe a tad bit more — as the Olympics.


USA Swimming offering free athlete protection to its members

USA Swimming has made available free online Safe Sport programming for more than 300,000 of its athlete members.

The online programming helps teach swimmers how to identify inappropriate behavior, gives them information about sexual abuse prevention and how to report concerns.

“Education is a fundamental part of USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program,” said Susan Woessner, director of Safe Sport for USA Swimming in a press release. “As we continue to work to raise awareness about this important issue, the free athlete training will help empower our membership with education about safe sport.”

The online program also includes myths and facts about child sexual abuse and USA Swimming’s Athlete Protection Policies and Procedures.

For more information about the Safe Sport program, click here.

Video of the Week: Swimming World interview with Dana Kirk

I’m taking a step back in time, but only by a few months or so, for this week’s video.

Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian Dana Kirk was featured in a Swimming World interview after it was announced she joined the staff at Stanford University, where she swam for the late Richard Quick and Lea Maurer.

Kirk is a volunteer assistant coach for the Cardinal as well as head coach for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics-DKS (Dana Kirk Swimming), a branch of PASA. She’s also the aquatics director for Freemont Hills, an athletic club in Palo Alto.

Here’s the link to the video. It was shot at the American Swimming Coaches Association’s world clinic in Las Vegas last October.