Category Archives: Bremerton YMCA Swim Team

Nathan Adrian shows off funny side in recent photo shoot

Team USA's Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton. (Kevin Jairaj |USA TODAY Sports)
Team USA’s Nathan Adrian poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton.
(Kevin Jairaj |USA TODAY Sports)

When last I talked to Nathan Adrian at the U.S. Winter Nationals in December at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, he mentioned that when he’s home in Berkeley, California, it’s rare to have much downtime between training.

After spending last week at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Orlando, where he swept both the freestyle events, Nathan returned home briefly before heading to southern California for the Team USA Media Summit Monday. Check out this link for more photos of Nathan from his shoot with USA Today. It’s a good thing Nathan has a great sense of humor, because I’m sure he’s going to take a lot of ribbing from his friends and family!

This link should take you to some behind-the-scenes shots of Nathan and Simone Manuel from the media summit. If not, check out @usaswimming on Twitter.

Then it was off to the Olympic Training Center on Tuesday for more high-altitude training. Nathan said he really gets a lot out of the OTC because everything an elite athlete needs is there — from nutrition, recovery, training, etc. — and he can focus on his training without distractions.

Nathan is scheduled to possibly race in the Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Arizona, but will be in Charlotte and Santa Clara leading up to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha at the end of June, beginning of July.

Bremerton Y hosting Snowman Invitational Jan. 16

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team will be hosting the 3rd edition of the Snowman Invitational on Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The meet includes YMCA teams from throughout the Greater Puget Sound Area, ages 5-18, at the Glenn Jarstad Aquatic Center. The Bremerton team hosts about 6-8 meets a year, but this meet has been the most popular and typically draws about 400-500 people, said Greg Mackem, assistant aquatics director for the Bremerton Family YMCA.

“The Snowman Invitational has been especially popular because it fields good competition, maintains meet records and often draws many former alumni of the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team.


Bremerton YMCA’s Meyer breaks Dana Kirk fly record

Bremerton YMCA Swim Team’s Aziza Meyer set a 8-Under 100-yard butterfly team and league record last weekend at the Age Group Invite at Curtis High School in Tacoma.

Meyer’s record was 1 minute, 28.17 seconds.

The previous record was held by Olympian Dana Kirk, a Bremerton and Stanford University graduate who swam at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Kirk’s record was set in 1993 in 1:31.19.

Kirk sent Meyer an autographed picture and congratulations on breaking the record.

Also, you can find results of the meet here, which included swimmers from Bainbridge Island Swim Team, Port Townsend Swim Team and Bangor Trident Swim Team.

Locals shine at Dick LaFave meet

Olympic Aquatic Club placed third overall at the Dick LaFave meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way this week.

OAC finished with 353 points as 18 swimmers participated. Bellevue Club Swim Team, with 151 swimmers, won the meet with 634 points. Pacific Dragons Swim Team, with 48, finished with 505.5 points.

Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team finished sixth (28, 206 points) while Bremerton YMCA Swim team (9, 41 points) was 17th to round out local clubs.

Individually, OAC’s Diddle Devine won the girls 10&U 50-meter butterfly in 36.62 seconds and the 200 individual medley (2:55.04), 100 fly (1:26.96). Devine was also second in the 100 breaststroke. Kira Ashmore of OAC won the 13-14 100 breast (1:21.31), the 200 breast (2:55.96) and 400 IM (5:32.09).

OAC’s Kira Crane won the 15 and over 50 freestyle in 29.37.

On the boys side, Brendan Kerns of the Bremerton Y won the 10&U 100 free in 1:14.11 while Ian Stefanski, Poulsbo Piranhas, won the 400 free in 5:48.20. OAC’s Ross Burchell won the 13-14 year old 100 free in 59.60, the 200 free (2:08.99), 400 free (4:34.34) and the 400 IM (13-14 division) in 5:15.01.

Poulsbo Piranhas’ Tim Gallagher won the 100 back (1:08.62), 200 back (2:25.15) while teammate Ethan Fox won the 100 breast (1:16.82) as the Piranhas swept the top three spots in that event (Stefanski was second and Nathan Ramey third). Ramey won the 200 breast in 2:48.78 (and Fox was second and Stefanski was third).

OAC’s Nathan Rubie won the 100 fly in 1:02.04, setting a meet record. The old record was 1:03.90 by Gabe Florsheim in 2012. Rubie also won the 200 fly in a meet record 2:22.93. The old record was 2:24.39 in 2012 by Jeffrey Li. Rubie also won the 200 IM in 2:29.74.

Results available from Divisional meet held at OAC

With the majority of our swimmers participating in the Pacific Northwest Division 4 meet at Olympic Aquatic Club last weekend, it would take me much too long to mention everyone. So, I’m going to hit on a few highlights and then tell you you can find the results at the website.

Several swimmers pulled down multiple wins. For girls, Kira Crane of Olympic Aquatic Club won the 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 100 Individual Medley in the 13 and over category. Jaine Macias of Port Angeles Swim Club won the 100 back, 200 fly and 200 IM while Carter Juskevich of PASC picked up wins in the 50 breast and 200 breast.

In the 11-12 category, Kira Ashmore of OAC won the 200 back and 100 fly.

For boys, Ian Stefanski of Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team earned wins in the 9-year-old 50 back and 50 breast. Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Collin Bushey was first in the 50 fly and 50 back in the 10-year-old category. In the 11-12, PPST’s Jesse Johnston won the 200 back and 100 back. And ross Burchell of OAC won the 50 breast and 100 IM in the 13 and over category.

Young Kerns breaks 40-year-old Bremerton Y records

Brendan Kerns, 10, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team set his 17th and 18th team records at the November Age Group Invite at the Curtis High School pool last weekend.

Kerns broke Chuck Talcott’s 41-year record in the 50-yard breastroke in 39.10 seconds and the 50 butterfly record in 32.78, which had been held by Kenny Smith from 1977 in 32.90.

According to Greg Mackem, the assistant aquatics director for YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, “there have been no other swimmers on the team since it was reformed almost four years ago that have broken records which stood as long as those, nor have any swimmers set as many team records as Brendan.”

YMCA teammate Valencia Tang nearly broke the team record in the 50 fly. Her time of 30.71 was just off the record of 30.59, set in 1984 by Julie Richardson, who was a standout at Olympic High and Puget sound Swim club.

Also, I’ll note that Kerns is listed among the top 25 for his age group in the Pacific Northwest in the 50 breaststroke, the 100 breast, the 50 butterfly, and the 100 fly.

Bremerton YMCA second at Fall Festival, Haselwood team fifth

The Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, which found itself without a home pool while the Jarstad Aquatic Center was being remodeled this summer, finished second at the Fall Festival Swim Meet in Hoquiam. The meet, which was hosted by Grays Harbor YMCA, was the kickoff to the 2014-15 season. Grays Harbor won the team title, followed by Bremerton.  Bremerton won the meet last year.

Haselwood Family YMCA Hammerheads finished fifth.

Picking up individual wins for Bremerton were Wyatt Coffin (100 IM, 50 breast), Katie Croman (25 free, 25 back), Rainier Meyer (50 free, 50 breast), Aziza Meyer (25 breast, 50 free 100 IM), Sienna Cheng Lucey (25 fly, 25 back), Tarvyn Shelton (25 free, 50 free, 25 back), Brendan Kerns (50 breast, 50 fly, 100 IM), Dieterich Meyer (100 IM, 100 free), Trayton Shelton (50 fly, 50 free, 100 free) and Garrett Coffin (50 back). Bremerton also won the mixed 8U 100 medley relay, 10U 200 free relay, 10U 200 medley relay and 21U 200 free relay.

Individual winners for Haselwood Hammerheads were Lucy Mitchell (50 back, 50 breast, 100 IM).

Here’s the full results:


And the team results:

1, Grays Harbor 1,646. 2, Bremerton 1,437. 3, Olympia 1,406. 4, Morgan Family Sea Dragons 1,143. 5, Haselwood Family Hammerheads 283. 6, Lakewood Sharks 155.

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.

Bremerton Y teammates finish strong at Nationals

Bremerton YMCA’s Aspen Monkhouse, competing in her first YMCA National championships, finished the 50-yard freestyle in 25.32 seconds on Tuesday.

The championships run through Friday at Greensboro, N.C. Monkhouse was a tad slower than her qualifying time of 24.79. She placed 158th overall.

Bremerton Y’s Sam Lingenbrink finished the 100 backstroke on Wednesday in 59.64 in 117th place. In the 200 back on Thursday, Lingenbrink was 87th in 2 minutes, 6.64 seconds, faster than her qualifying time of 2:07.22. This was her second Y Nationals.