Monthly Archives: June 2013

Adrian posts top 100 free qualifying time at national championships

Annette’s on vacation and unable to provide you with your Nathan Adrian fix, but I’ve got her back.
The Bremerton swimmer posted the top prelim time in the 100 at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis on Tuesday morning. He swam it in 48.54. When he won the gold medal in the event last summer at the London Olympics, he swam it in 47.52.
Here’s a little more on the other finalists.
The finals being at 3 p.m. today.

Video of the week: Nathan Adrian will be doing this a lot the next few days

In honor of this week’s U.S. Nationals/World trials in Indianapolis this week, this video of Nathan Adrian shows what he will be doing this week — signing autographs.

Nathan will swim the 100 freestyle Tuesday and the 50 free Saturday. Preliminaries are at 6 a.m. (local time) with the finals at 3 p.m. at Indianapolis.

Bainbridge’s Silver giving back to swimmers at Fitter & Faster Tour

As an age-group swimmer on Bainbridge Island, Emily Silver had the chance to meet Olympic champion Misty Hyman at a swim camp.

She never forgot that moment.

Silver eventually went on to star at Bainbridge High, swam at California Berkeley and won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a prelim member of the 4×100 free relay.

Now the 27-year-old is doing what Hyman did — giving back to the swim community by interacting through swim clinics.

Silver has been involved with the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour, which is hosted by various Olympians and elite-level swimmers at communities and swim clubs throughout the country.

Olympic silver medalist Emily Silver of Bainbridge works with a young swimmer at a Fitter & Faster Tour clinic in Ripon, Calif.
Olympic silver medalist Emily Silver of Bainbridge works with a young swimmer at a Fitter & Faster Tour clinic in Ripon, Calif.

She’s hosted clinics with fellow Olympians like Chloe Sutton, Tyler McGill, David Walters and Peter Vanderkaay from Florida, Indiana and Maryland to California and Massachusetts.

The tour was founded by David Arluck of Arluck Promotions to inspire age-group swimmers and give them a chance to learn from the best. Arluck approached Silver at a USA Swimming event last year and asked her if she would like to be one of the athletes on the tour.

She jumped at the chance and has been hosting and co-hosting clinics since then.

Silver said she still remembers meeting Hyman, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist, at a swim camp in Arizona and it positively impacted her for years.

Now that she’s a former Olympic medalist, Silver is enjoying the opportunity to be a role model for the next generation of swimmers.

“It’s really fun, I like it a lot,” Silver said by phone from her home in San Jose. “They’re so great because you get to go interact with kids, face-to-face.”

Emily Silver works with young swimmers during a clinic hosted by the Fitter & Faster Tour in Ripon, Calif.
Emily Silver works with young swimmers during a clinic hosted by the Fitter & Faster Tour in Ripon, Calif.

Silver’s most recent clinic was in Ripon, Calif., a town of about 15,000 located northeast of San Jose.

“David Arluck has found a good niche,” she said. “These teams love having Olympians come (host clinics).”

Not only has traveling the country been fun, but Silver has also been able to reconnect with former Olympic teammates and meet new ones.

Silver’s next clinic will be with Vanderkaay in Severna Park, Md., north of Annapolis June 29-30.

On Saturday, camp participants, ages 11 and under, will work on their technique and learn to swim more efficiently with Silver and Vanderkaay in the skills and racing clinic. One swimmer will have the chance to have a private clinic with Silver as well. The Olympians will host a question and answer session for swimmers and parents while campers will have the opportunity to wear Olympic medals, take photos and autographs and receive a gift bag.

On Sunday, the performance clinic is geared toward swimmers 12 and older and includes learning how to swim fast in-season, peaking at the right time and tapering, competition preparation, nutrition and recovery and participate in a round-table discussion with Silver and Vanderkaay. A camper will also have a one-on-one session with Silver and all campers get a goodie bag.

For more information on Fitter & Faster Tour, go to


Video extra: Emily Silver and Jason Lezak

I really enjoy seeing our Olympic swimmers still out and about in communities and having some fun along the way.

This video is by and features Olympic champion Jason Lezak and Bainbride’s silver medalist Emily Silver in a Gold Medal Delivery at the USMS Nationals not long ago.

I especially liked the autograph signing when Emily signed the fan’s head!

Dick Hannula Classic Friday-Saturday at SK pool

The Dick Hannula Classic meet will be Friday and Saturday at the South Kitsap HS pool.

If you’re unfamiliar with Hannula, here’s a quick synopsis that might explain how great of a coach he was:

Hannula coached 32 years at Wilson High in Tacoma. During that time he won 323 meets without a loss, from 1959-1983. That include 24 straight WIAA boys high school meets; founded Tacoma Swim Club in 1955 and coached for 42 years; coached  four Team USA Olympic members; a member of the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame, International Swimming Hall of Fame, Washington State Sports Hall of Fame and the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame — just to name a few.

The meet begins at 9 a.m. Saturday for Session 1. Session 2 is at 1:15 p.m. Session 3 is Sunday at 9 a.m., Session 4 is at 1:40 p.m. and Session 5 is at 5:45 p.m.

Among the local swimmers who are listed on the psych sheet as the No. 1 qualifier in their age group are; Isaac Beers, Poulsbo Piranhas ST, 10-Under 50- and 100-meter butterfly; Adrian King, PPST, 10U 50 free, 50 and 100 breaststroke; Ethan Fox, 11-12 50 free; Kevin Houseman, Puget Sound SC, 11-12 200 breast.

I will note that Poulsbo Piranhas’ Eleanor Beers is ranked No. 1 in three events, but the 11-year-old won’t be swimming due to a broken left arm.

You can find the full psych sheet here.

Locals among top 10 in PNS rankings

With the club season underway, I thought I’d see how our local club teams are faring in terms of top times and it’s good news all around.

Seven of the eight peninsula-based teams have at least one swimmer ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Northwest ( I’m listing the area swimmers that have achieved a top 10 time this calendar year. The rankings go through the top 25 which you can find here. My list is long-course meters. The lone exception is girls 9-year-old division. The names that are bolded below means that swimmer is No. 1 in at least one event.

Among them is Bainbridge Island SC’s Lia Campbell. Campbell is No. 1 in nine of the 12 events she swims.

Other swimmers who have multiple No. 1 top times include; Eleanor Beers of Poulsbo Piranhas ST, 50 and 100 freestyle; Brianna Hoffman, PPST, 100 free, 400 free; Ian Lipton, BISC, 50 free, 200 free, 100 free; Aaron Markow, BISC, 50 breast, 100 breast; James Sanchez, Bremerton Y ST, 50 butterfly, 100 fly; and Dylan Macabitas, Puget Sound SC, 100 back, 200 back.

At some point this summer, I’ll also put together the all-time top 10 list.

I think these lists are fun and informative. Plus, you can impress your friends with your knowledge of local swimming. Continue reading

Poulsbo Piranhas celebrating 10 year anniversary

They’re not the oldest swim club in Kitsap, but the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team is celebrating a milestone this year.

The PPST has been in existence for 10 years and are producing some quality age-group swimmers who have not only been placing among the top 10 in PNS rankings, but improving by leaps and bounds in all aspects.

I’ll take a closer look at the club in an upcoming story as I talked to head coach Patty Jenkins, several swimmers and their parents on what their recent success means to them and where the club is headed in the future.

Here’s a couple pictures I snapped at practice on Tuesday.

Patty Jenkins lead practice for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team on Tuesday.
Patty Jenkins lead practice for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team on Tuesday.
Swimmers take a break during practice for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team at the NK Community pool on Tuesday.
Swimmers take a break during practice for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team at the NK Community pool on Tuesday.

Also, I took a video using the Vine app, so hopefully the link works. Still new to Vine…

U.S. Nationals/World trials broadcast/webcast schedule

Here’s what USA Swimming has planned as far as coverage for the Indianapolis U.S. Nationals/World Championship trials next week, June 25-29.

Universal Sports Network will broadcast the finals from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 3-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

NBC will air its taped program from 1-2:30 p.m. on NBC on Saturday. A re-broadcast will be shown from 8-10 p.m.

The NBC broadcast will be re-shown on Universal Sunday at 1 p.m., and on NBC Sports Network at 8:30 p.m.

USA Swimming is offering a live webcast of the entire meet. Prelims begin at 6 a.m. (local time) with finals at 3 p.m.