Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bremerton Y’s Lingenbrink shines at YMCA meet

Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s Sam Lingenbrink remained undefeated in YMCA competitions this year thanks to a strong effort at the Washington State YMCA Championships last weekend at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. The club, which qualified swimmers into 12 of 14 event finals, finished second in the boys’ team title while the girls were third.

Lingenbrink won the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 20.02 seconds, 200 free (1:58.47) and 100 backstroke (59.21 seconds). She also broke the state YMCA meet record in the 200 free and backstroke. Lingenbrink’s backstroke time also set a Puget Sound Swimming Association League record and earned her a National YMCA SWYMS database ranking, which recognizes the fastest female backstroke swimmers from Y teams across the country.

Other Bremerton Y swims include Sarah Avery, who won the 100 free (56.50) and 100 butterfly (1:01.16), which also set a Bremerton Y record. Aspen Monkhouse won the 50 free, setting a team record in 24.99. Also claiming victories were Aziza Meyer (25, 50 freestyles), Blake Robinson (50 back), Brady Robinson (100 back) and Brendan Kerns (25 breast).

The team will participate in the YMCA Challenge Meet at Bainbridge in order to qualify swimmers for the YMCA Regional meet, Feb. 28 to March 3 in Boise, Idaho.



Adrian sweeps sprint freestyles in Austin

Nathan Adrian
Nathan Adrian

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian won by an arm length — an eternity in the 50-meter freestyle — to sweep the sprint events at the Austin Grand Prix meet Saturday at the University of Texas.

Bremerton’s Adrian won in 21.89 seconds. California teammate Anthony Ervin was second in 22.48 while world champion silver medalist Jimmy Feigen was third in 22.49. The top four seeds were separated by just .13 seconds.

Adrian had a shaky start, but bounced right back with a strong first 25 and barreled his way to the wall.

“My start was not where I wanted it to be,” Adrian said in a post-race online interview. “I broke out a lot under water. You gotta do what you can given the circumstances.”

Adrian won the 100 free on Friday in 48.26 in his first competition of the new year. Based on his times from Austin, he is now ranked No. 1 in both sprint events.

“You’ve got to focus on what you can control,” Adrian said of his race. “I’m going to go back and look at it and see what I can do better.”


Adrian posts pool record at Austin GP

Bremerton gold medalist Nathan Adrian set a pool record on his way to a convincing win in the 100-meter freestyle at the Arena Austin Grand Prix meet Friday afternoon.

Adrian touched the wall at the University of Texas pool in 48.26 seconds — already the second-fastest time in the world this year. Frenchman Yannick Agnel, who trains at North Baltimore Aquatic Club with Bob Bowman, was second in 49.31 and Conor Dwyer in 49.39.

“I think that was a good race,” Adrian said. “It’s a good start to the long course season. You see what you did right, see what you did wrong, and you see what moves you need to make going into the competitive summer season.”

Adrian led from the start and had a solid lead after the first 50 meters.

“I’m happy with where I’m at,” Adrian said. “There’s just a lot of things to improve on; a lot of hard work, but equally just as exciting.”

Adrian will swim Saturday in the 50 freestyle before heading back to Berkeley, Calif., to continue his training.

Adrian, bevy of gold medalists, to compete at Austin GP

Bremerton Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian will join several of his Olympic teammates at the Arena Austin Grand Prix meet at the University of Texas Friday-Sunday.

Adrian will be joined by gold medal backstroker Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt as well as Jimmy Feigen and Michael Klueh.

Universal Sports Network will broadcast live Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m. (Pacific). A live webcast of the entire meet can be found at

Prelims are at 7 a.m. (Pacific) with finals at 4 p.m. Prize money is allocated for first ($500), second ($300) and third ($100) for all individual events. Also, for the first time, the highest-scoring male and female U.S. winner will receive a year lease on a BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Series. Currently, Conor Dwyer and Megan Romano lead the GP Series after the first six meets.

Washington Open meet begins Thursday at KCAC

The 38th Washington Open will begin Thursday and run through Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The meet, which is hosted by Valley Aquatics, lists the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, Olympic Aquatic Club and Bainbridge Island Swim Club as participants.

Thursday’s meet begins at 6 p.m. with the finals of the 1,000-yard freestyle. Friday prelims are at 9:30 a.m. with finals at 5:30 p.m., Saturday is at 9 a.m. with finals at 5:30 p.m. Sunday prelims are at 9 a.m. and finals at 4:30 p.m.

Get away with Nathan Adrian … via the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune’s travel writer, Jae-Ha Kim, did a great little Q & A with Bremerton’s own gold medalist Nathan Adrian Tuesday.

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

To sum it up, the  Tribune — I think we all know Chicago is a GREAT food city itself —  and Nathan talked a lot about food.

I don’t blame him. It’s one of my favorite topics!

Tapas, anyone??

Locals compete strongly at Pac Coast All-Star meet

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell was the top finisher from the local contingent that was named to the Pacific Northwest All-Star team at the Pacific Coast meet last weekend.

Campbell had three second-place finishes and five other top 10 finishes in the 13-14 year old division at The Evergreen State College pool in Olympia. Campbell was second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.28 seconds), 100 free (51.78) and 200 free (1:55.68). She was seventh in the 200 back and helped the PNW team to fifth-place in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay and sixth in the 400 medley relay.

BISC’s Makai Ingalls was fourth in the 50 backstroke, fifth in the 50 butterfly, sixth in the 100 individual medley, seventh in the 100 fly and ninth in the 50 free and 100 back. He also helped the PNW boys 11-12 year old relays place among the top five; second in the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and fourth in the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay. BISC’s Garrett Waite helped the 13-14 PNW team to a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:41.90), sixth in the 400 free relay and eighth in the 400 medley relay. He was also 15th in the 50 free, ninth in the 100 back and 10th in the 200 back.

Also placing among the top five for the PNW All-Stars in the relay events were Eleanor Beers of the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team in the 11-12 year old category (200 free relay, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) and PPST’s Tim Gallagher also in the 11-12 category (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay).

Individually, Beers was ninth in the 100 free, 11th in the 50 free, 12th in the 500 free, 11th in the 50 back and 12th in the 100 fly. Gallagher was 15th in the 200 free, seventh in the 50 back, eighth in the 100 back, and 14th in the 50 breast, 100 breast and 100 IM.

Locals named to all-star team for Pacific Coast meet

A handful of local age-group swimmers were named to the Pacific Northwest All-Star team at the Pacific Coast All-Star meet at The Evergreen State College pool in Olympia, Saturday and Sunday.

Poulsbo Piranhas’ Eleanor Beers, Tim Gallagher and Kevin Houseman were named to the 11-12 girls and boys teams. Isabel Hendryz was named an alternate.

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell and Garrett Waite were selected to the 13-14 girls and boys teams. BISC’s Makai Ingalls was named to the 11-12 boys team.

Poulsbo Piranhas coach Patty Jenkins was named the PNW head coach.

The short-course yard meet begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.