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Locals fare very well at Dick LaFave meet

The Olympic peninsula was well represented on the medal podium last weekend at the Dick LaFave long-course kickoff meet at KCAC in Federal Way.

Clubs from our neck of the woods included Olympic Aquatic Club, Bainbridge Island Swim Club, Port Angeles Swim Club and Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team as well as several swimmers not attached to a club. BISC finished third in the girls team standings with 173 points. The Piranhas were sixth (106.5), PASC was 16th (24 points) and OAC was 20th (12).

On the boys side, Bainbridge was third (272), Olympic sixth (88), Poulsbo tied with Valley Aquatics for seventh (78), while unattached/OAC swimmers were 14th (25) and PASC finished 16th (nine).

With so many kids swimming, I’m only going to mention the top three finishers from each age group and event in this post. You can find full results from the meet on the website.


400 IM (11-12 year old)—2, Shannon Campbell (BISC).

400 IM (13-14)—1, Lia Campbell (BISC)

400 free (10-Under)—2, Briann Hoffman (PPST)

400 free (13-14)—2, Hannah Tonsmann (BISC).

50 fly (10-Under)—2, Margaret Hayes (BISC). 3, Ava Harris (PPST).

50 fly (11-12)—3, Eleanor Beers (PPST) 31.44 (meet record).

50 free (1o-Under)—3, Hayes (BISC).

50 free (11-12)—1, Beers (BISC).

200 free (11-12)—2, Beers (BISC). 3, S. Campbell (BISC).

200 fly (13-14)–1, L. Campbell (BISC).

100 back (13-14)—1, L. Campbell (BISC). 3, Carina Laukitis (BISC).

200 breast (13-14)—3, Tonsmann (BISC).

200 IM (13-14)—1, L. Campbell (BISC).

200 fly (11-12)—3, Kira Ashmore (OAC).

1oo back (10-Under)—3, Harris (PPST).

100 back (11-12)—2, Eldon-Everts (BISC). 3, Beers (BISC).

100 free (10-Under)—2, Hoffman (PPST).

100 free (11-12)—1, Beers (PPST).

100 fly (10-Under)—1, Harris (PPST).

50 free (13-14)—1, L. Campbell (BISC) 28.19 (meet record).

100 fly (13-14)—1, Sam Caro (unatt./Bain)

200 back (13-14)—1, L. Campbell (BISC).

200 back (15-Over)—2, McKenzie Bell (BISC).

100 breast (13-14)—2, Caro (unatt./Bain).


400 IM (11-12)—3, Kevin Houseman (BISC)

400 free (10-Under)—1, Ian Lipton (BISC). 2, Andrew Renninger (OAC).

50 fly (10-Under)—2, Lipton (BISC).

50 back (11-12)—1, Tim Gallagher (PPST) 32.67 (meet record). 2, Aaron Markow (BISC).

50 breast (11-12)—1, Houseman (BISC) 33.64 (meet record).

50 free (10-Under)—1, Lipton (BISC) 32.22 (meet record).

200 free (10-Under)—2, Renninger (OAC).

200 free (11-12)—1, Jude Wenker (BISC). 3, Gallagher (PPST).

200 fly (13-14)—1, Makai Ingalls (BISC). 2, Nathan Rubie (OAC).

100 back (13-14)—2, Ingalls (BISC).

200 breast (13-14)—2, Zane Guyt (OAC). 3, Carter Hall (BISC).

100 free (13-14)—2, Parker Bushey (BISC).

200 IM (13-14)—3, Bushey (BISC).

200 fly (11-12)—2, Gallagher (PPST).

100 back (10-Under)—1, Lipton (BISC).

100 back (11-12)—3, Markow (BISC).

200 breast (11-12)—1, Houseman (BISC).

100 free (10-Under)—3, Collin Bushey (BISC).

200 IM (10-Under)—1, Lipton (BISC) 2:51.90 (meet record). 3, Renninger (OAC).

200 IM (11-12)—2, Gallagher (PPST).

100 breast (11-12)—1, Houseman (BISC) 1:13.11 (meet record).

200 back (11-12)—2, Gallagher (PPST) 2:34.18 (meet record).

100 fly (10-Under)—1, Lipton (BISC). 3, Renninger (OAC).

50 free (13-14)—2, P. Bushey (BISC). 3, Ingalls (BISC).

100 fly (13-14)—1, Ingalls (BISC). 2, P. Bushey (BISC). 3, Rubie (OAC).

100 breast (13-14)—2, Carter Hall (BISC). 3, Ingalls (BISC).

200 free (13-14)—3, P. Bushey (BISC).

Mesa post-race interview with Nathan Adrian caught up with Nathan Adrian after his race in the 100-freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

You can check it out here.

And… here’s the post-race video from Friday’s 50 free. Nathan talks about his upcoming schedule, which includes the Mare Nostrum series, which Olympic silver medalist and fellow Bremertonian Tara Kirk Sell swam, and the Santa Clara Invite in August.


Adrian sweeps sprints at Mesa Grand Prix

In the fastest sprint event in swimming, known as the splash-and-dash, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 50-meter freestyle 21.73 at the Arena Grand Prix on Friday night.

Adrian’s time is the fifth-fastest time in the world so far this year and gave the Olympic gold medalist a sweep in the sprint events. He won the 100 free on Thursday.

In a race that is timed down to the hundredth of a second, Adrian’s shoulder-length lead was too large of a distance for runner up Roland Schoeman of South Africa to overcome. Schoeman finished in 22.19 and Josh Schneider was third in 22.24.

“Again, 21.7, great. Certainly happy with that,” Adrian said in an online post-race interview of his time. “Got to check it out on the video but I don’t think I had the best start in the world. Adrian was the second slowest off the block with a reaction time of .73 seconds. “I think my actual swimming (race) was pretty good.”

Adrian wins 100 free at Mesa Grand Prix

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian won the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Mesa Grand Prix.

Adrian led a fast first 50 meters and held off South Africa’s Roland Schoeman in 48.23 seconds. Adrian led by half a body length at the turn and pulled away from Schoeman, who touched the wall in 49.39, followed by North Baltimore’s Conor Dwyer in 49.57. Ryan Lochte of SwimMAC Carolina was fourth in 49.68.

Adrian said in an online post-race interview that he was pleased with the time, but is always looking to move forward.

“The goal is always to go best time,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to go pretty fast so Iv’e got to put together a pretty good one to do that.”

Adrian will swim the 50 free Friday. Prelims are at 9 a.m. with finals at 5 p.m.


Adrian top qualifier after 100 free prelims

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is the top qualifier in the 100-meter freestyle after this morning’s prelims at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

Adrian touched the wall in 49.98 seconds, ahead of Conor Dwyer in 50.17 and South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (50.22).

Full results can be found here.

The finals are tonight at 5 p.m.

Also, check out SwimSwam’s coverage of the return of Michael Phelps as he swam today for the first time since the London Olympics.

Dick LaFave meet this weekend

The seventh Dick LaFave Long Course Kickoff meet at the King County Aquatic Center is Friday-Sunday in Federal Way.

The long-course meet includes five sessions. Friday’s first session begins at 4 p.m., Saturday’s second session is at 8:30 a.m. with the third session beginning an hour after warm-ups (which begin immediately after the second session). Sunday’s fourth session starts at 8:30 a.m, followed by the final session an hour after warm-ups.

LaFave, if you don’t know, was a longtime official. He officiated for 30 years in the Edmonds School District, 40 years for the South Snohomish County Dolphins (who are the hosts of the meet) and was inducted into the PNW Hall of Fame in 2005. LaFave also officiated Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Championships, Special Olympics and the 1990 Goodwill Games. He died in April 2008.

Adrian joins USA Swimming Foundation, Make A Splash Tour

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian announced his partnership with USA Swimming Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming this week.

Adrian will be a part of the upcoming Make A Splash Tour, along with Olympic champions Anthony Ervin, Janet Evans and Rowdy Gaines. The tour is a national, child-focused water safety campaign.

Also, be sure to subscribe to Nathan’s YouTube channel, as well as Google+ account, Twitter (@Nathangadrian), and his Instagram account. Nathan and Matt Grevers were at the Arizona School for the Blind and Deaf for its play-day initiative.

I’ll have updates Thursday and Friday from the Mesa Grand Prix as well.

Mesa GP sold out, Nathan Adrian seeded 1 and 2

The psych sheets are available for the Mesa Grand Priz meet in Tucson. You can find them here.

The 100-meter freestyle reads like a who’s who of swimming’s best.

Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, is seeded first in the 100-meter freestyle in 47.52 seconds. Jimmy Feigen is second in 47.82 and France’s Yannick Agnel is third (47.84). Anthony Ervin (47.89), Ryan Lochte (48.58), Conor Dwyer (48.94), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (49.00) and Michael Phelps (49.05) round out the top eight.

That’s A LOT of international medals right there.

Ervins is ranked first in the 50 free in 21.42, followed by Nathan in 21.47, Schoeman (21.67), Josh Schneider (21.78), Feigen (21.88), Matt Grevers (22.09), Karl Krug (22.15), Alex Coville (22.19) and Shayne Fleming (22.35).  Nathan is ranked No. 6 in the world in the event.

The 100 free is Thursday and the 50 free is Friday.

Swim fans are dying to get to this event and it’s quickly become a star-studded affair. Within 48 hours of the announcement that Phelps would be swimming, the event was sold out.

Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian share a laugh at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, China, July 31, 2011.
(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

FUN PICTURE OF THE DAY: I really like this picture. It was shot from the World Championships in China in 2011. Would still like to find out what they’re laughing about. Wouldn’t you?

BISC’s Campbell ranked among the top in PNW

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell is ranked No. 1 in several events in her age-group in the Pacific Northwest.

Campbell, 14, is ranked first in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke, and is second in the 1,650 free. She’s also ranked No. 5 in the 200 back, 100 butterfly and fourth 200 fly. Campbell is ranked fifth in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 200 IM and 12th in the 200 breaststroke.

Among all age groups, she’s ranked No. 3 in the 50 free.

Also, Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s Samantha Lingenbrink is ranked 23rd in the women’s 200 back.

On the boys side, BISC’s Spencer Alpaugh is ranked 15th in the 400 IM and 21st in the 200 fly while brother Sam is ranked 20th in the 200 back. Sam is ranked No. 5 in the 16-year-old category.

Plenty of locals fare well at April Showers meet in Port Orchard

The Puget Sound Swim Club in Port Orchard held its April Showers long-course meet last weekend at South Kitsap pool.

Swimmers from Olympic Aquatic Club, PSSC, Bremerton Trident Swim Team, Poulsbo Piranhas all participated in the meet.

Olympic won the combined team event with 417 points. They were followed by Pro Swimming (314.5), Eastside Aquatic (301.5), Poulsbo Piranhas (296), Puget Sound (205), Vashon Seals (129), Penguin Aquatics (106), Evergreen Swim Club (42) and Bangor Trident Swim Team (28).

Since it was mostly a local meet, I’m not going to list everyone who placed among the top eight, but here’s a look at who picked up individual and relay titles. I have included the finals sheet as a PDF for you to check out. Click here for PDF

In the girls 10 and under age group, Olympic Aquatic Club’s Amanda Ashmore won the 50-meter butterfly in 39.70 seconds and the 100 fly in 3 minutes, 19.75 seconds. OAC’s Diddle Devine won the 50 breaststroke in 46.70. Brianna Hoffman of Poulsbo Piranhas won the 100 freestyle in 1:11.89 and the 200 free in 2:45.18.

In 11-12 age group, Eleanor Beers of Poulsbo Piranhas won the 50 free in 29.09 and the 100 fly in 1:13.96. OAC’s Kira Ashmore won the 200 fly in 3:02.76, the 50 breaststroke in 41.38 and the 400 individual medley in 5:59.33.

In the 13-14 age group, Kira Crane won the 50 free in 30.98, the 200 free (2:31.77), 200 backstroke (2:52.20) and 100 breast (1:33.99). Chloe Partsch of OAC claimed the top spot in the 100 fly (1:18.29) while teammate Tatiana Tubberville won the 400 IM in 6:26.46.

The 15 and over age group saw Sydney Bishoff of PSSC win the 50 free (29.25), 100 free (1:05.57), 400 free (5:05.79), 100 back (1:18.96) and 200 IM (2:45.28).

PPST’s Katherine Andersen won the 100 breast in 1:19.25.

BTST won the 10 and under girls 200 free relay in 2:54.77 and PSSC won the 200 medley relay in 3:51.72. PSSC also won the 11-12 200 free relay in 2:40.75 and 200 medley relay in 3:16.92. OAC’s 13 and over 200 free relay won in 2:05.77 while the 200 medley relay won in 2:25.27.

In the boys 9-10 400 free, OAC’s Andrew Remminger won in 5:45.23. He also claimed the titles in the 200 free (2:43.00), 50 fly (38.54) and 200 IM (3:06.84). Isaac Beers of PPST claimed the 50 free title in 33.71 and the 50 back in 39.57.

In the 11-12 age group, Tim Gallagher of the PPST won the 50 free in 29.14, 100 free (1:04.17), 200 free (2:21.91), 200 back (2:43.62) and 100 back (1:16.39). RJ Thomasberg of OAC won the 100 fly in 1:21.41.

Dylan Macabitas of PSSC claimed the 50 free title in the 13-14 age group in 28.52 and the 200 back (2:30.77). Nathan Ramey of PPST won the 200 breast (2:57.03) and the 100 fly (1:08.80).

In the 15 and over age group PPST’s Adriel Moran finished first in the 50 free (28.16), 100 free (1:01.99), 100 back (1:14.03) and 200 back (2:42.41) while Roo Jenkins won the 200 free (2:18.09), 100 breast (1:25.10) and 100 fly (1:10.73) titles. PSSC’s Nils Johnson claimed the 400 free title in 5:21.96 and the 200 IM in 2:45.29.

In the 13 and over relays, PSSC won the 200 free relay in 1:59.45 while OAC won the 200 medley relay in 2:11.53.