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OAC Has Strong Performance at PNS Champs


Olympic Aquatic Club produced some strong swims for retiring coach Bonnie Burmaster last week at KCAC in Federal Way.

OAC record swims by; Kelsey Crane (50 Free, 400 Free, and 800 Free), Liane Hirata (200 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM), Brendan Weiner (400 free, 100 back, 100 fly) and John Wojtech (800 free).

Point scorers for OAC were; Kelsey Crane – 27 pts, Quaid Williams – 19, Grace Smith – 11, Liane Hirata – 2 and John Wojtech – 1.

Next stop for OAC is San Jose for the Far Western Zone Championships.

Saying Goodbye to a Kitsap Legend

For Olympic Aquatic Club, and many other swimmers/parents/fans, Thursday will be a bittersweet day. One of the largest end-of-summer meets, the PNS Championships in Federal Way, gets underway — but it’s also the meet where longtime OAC head coach Bonnie Burmaster will, at the end, retire from coaching. You can read about it here as well as see a video of Bonnie.

I had a chance not to long ago to visit with Bonnie, and husband Elwin at their farm off Waaga Way (that’s a little slice of heaven right there!) and I can certainly see why she will be missed. It has to be impossible not to like Bonnie. Her joy for her ‘swim’ kids is apparent and she never treated it like a job or chore —

something she had to do. Plus, she’s one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met.

For Bonnie it’s always been about teaching the kids and cheering on their successes. She will be greatly missed. So if you see Bonnie on the deck at KCAC Thursday-Sunday, give her a hug and tell her thanks. She deserves it. Continue reading