Category Archives: Puget Sound Swim Club

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.

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Port Orchard Classic results: OAC edition

I didn’t receive full results from the Port Orchard Classic held last weekend at the South Kitsap Community pool, but I did receive some from Olympic Aquatic Club.

I would prefer to run top 3 from the meet in full, however, since what I have is from OAC I am running the club’s results below.

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BISC’s Campbell wins two more SC titles

Bainbridge Island’s Lia Campbell won her fourth and fifth individual titles at the Northwest Age Group Short Course swimming championship Sunday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Campbell won the 13-year old 100-yard butterfly in 57.87 seconds. She followed that with a win in the 200 freestyle in one minute, 53.33 seconds.

In the 15-18 category, Kelsey Crane of the Olympic Aquatic Club won the 100 butterfly in 58.74. Crane was also third in the 200 free.

Other top local placers included BISC’s Mikelle Ackerley who was second in the 200 free in the 15-18 category; Kevin Houseman of Puget Sound Swim Club finished second in the boys 11 year old 50 breaststroke and BISC’s William Waite was second in the 11-12 year old in 200 backstroke in 2:07.91.

For a complete list of local finishers, see below;

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BISC’s Campbell wins two more titles at age group champs

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell won two more events at the Northwest Region Short Course Age Group championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Campbell, 13, won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.72 seconds and the 500 free in five minutes, 3.18 seconds. Campbell also won the 50 free on Friday.

Eleanor Beers of the Poulsbo Piranhas won her second event in the 10 & Under division, the 100 free in 58.74. Beers was also third in the 50 butterfly (30.03).

Other local top placers include Kelsey Crane of Olympic Aquatic Club, who was second in the 200 individual medley in the 15-18 category with a time of 2:11.09; BISC’s Candice Rosen was second in the 14-year-old 200 breaststroke in 2:25.04 and BISC’s Allison Murphy was third in the 15-18 200 breaststroke (2:30.47).

Bainbridge’s boys 200 medley relay placed third in the 15-18 division (3:48.83).

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Three locals win events at age group championships

William Waite, Eleanor Beers and Lia Campbell each walked away with a title from day one of the Northwest Region Short Course Championships on Friday.

Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Waite won the 100-yard backstroke in Federal Way after he touched the wall at the King County Aquatic Center in 58.62 seconds in the 12-year-old category. He was also fifth in the 400 individual medley.

Waite’s teammate Campbell won the 13-year-old 50 freestyle in 23.97 seconds, just off the NWAG record of 23.80. Campbell was out-touched at the wall by Kelly Huffer of North Whidbey Aquatics in the 13-year-old 200-yard butterfly to place second. Huffer finished in two minutes, 5.99 seconds while Campbell was right behind in 2:06.84.

Beers, who swims for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, won the 50 freestyle in the 10 and under category in 27.16. Beers was fourth in the 100 backstroke as well.

Other top placers include Olympic Aquatic Club’s Kelsey Crane, who finished second in the 15-18 200 butterfly. Crane touched in 2:10.79, behind Tara Degeorge of Aurora Swim Team in 2:09.13. Crane’s time qualified her for the Western Zone Senior Championships meet July 31-Aug. 4.

Poulsbo Piranhas’ Tim Gallagher was third in the 100 backstroke in the 11 year old category.

See below for complete results of local swimmers;

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Welcome back to the Blogstroke

And I’m back. Say hello to The Blogstroke.

After a hiatus (ok, really I posted anything swimming related to either the Wide World of Kitsap blog or the Prep Beat) during the last several years, but with the new year comes changes.

This blog will be dedicated to all things swimming. From Bremerton’s only Olympic champion and heartthrob to thousands of young ladies Nathan Adrian, to local club swimming and the occasional hat tip to the national and international swimming scene.

During the coming weeks we will transition previous posts from the Wide World blog to this blog, so keep checking back.

FYI, this re-introduction post is going to be a bit of a hodge-podge.

First up, your favorite golden boy and ours, Nathan.

Nathan did a question and answer with last Friday. You can find the full Q & A by going to this link.

Here’s a sample to whet your appetite:

@dsc1811 on Twitter asks: Can you describe what altitude training feels like?

Nathan: Death (laughs). When you’re swimming it feels like you have a pile of rocks on your chest, not only making it hard to breathe but making you sink in the water because your muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen to really pull you through the water. That’s only the first couple days; after that you get adjusted and it starts to feel good. You just can’t recover as quickly when you’re between efforts; be it in the weight room or in the pool you just have to take a little more time to really get your breath.

Nathan will be swimming Jan. 18-20 at the Austin Grand Prix in Texas. USA Swimming announced new details Monday for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series. The Austin meet is one of six held throughout the season.

The big announcement is the $150,000 in prize money. The money will be awarded to placers in Olympic-events; $500 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.

In past years, the overall winner of the series took home the $20,000 purse.

“Since it’s inception, the Grand Prix Series was designed to showcase the best swimming talent in the country,” said Frank Busch, USA Swimming’s National Team Director in a press release. “We’ve always envisioned having this type of prize money to strengthen the level of competition at these meets, and with Arena’s support, it’s become a reality and will help take swimming in the U.S. to the next level.”

Also, the Austin GP will be broadcast on Universal Sports Network live Jan. 19 and 20 from 4-5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). Check your local listings in your area.

I’ll post results from the prelims and finals here, and you can also follow me on Twitter @AnnetteKSSports

The local club scene is huge here and I’m hoping this blog will showcase some up-and-coming talent. Don’t forget, Kitsap county has produced four Olympic swimmers, Nathan, Tara Kirk Sell and her sister Dana and Emily Silver. Nathan, Tara and Emily have all won Olympic medals. That’s pretty dang impressive.

Here’s a link to a story I wrote not along ago on Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Lia Campbell. Also, Central Kitsap junior Sam Lingenbrink, who swims for the Bremerton YMCA Swim Team, will be headed to the YMCA Nationals in April.

If you have any story ideas, suggestions for this blog, or other information you’d like to share regarding swimming, please email me at