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Bainbridge swim/dive team begins state run

Sophomore Anna Peirano cruises to a win in the 100-yard butterfly earlier this season, which intensifies over the next two weekends with district and state meets. Peirano has already qualified for state in the butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley. - Willie Wenzlau/For the Review
Sophomore Anna Peirano cruises to a win in the 100-yard butterfly earlier this season, which intensifies over the next two weekends with district and state meets. Peirano has already qualified for state in the butterfly and the 200-yard individual medley.
— image credit: Willie Wenzlau/For the Review

Bainbridge High’s swim and dive team should get a preview of its state 3A title chances Friday and Saturday when it competes in the District 2 tournament against two-time defending champion Mercer Island.

Coach Greg Colby has 16 swimmers and three divers entered in the meet, and already has six Spartans qualified for the Nov. 11-12 state meet at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Led by senior co-captains Tess Harpur and Cameo Hlebasko, the Spartans figure to qualify 11 or 12 swimmers for state, Colby said.

The Spartans defeated Mercer Island last month in a dual meet on Bainbridge, but Colby said that won’t have much of a bearing on the district and state meets.

“That doesn’t mean much, other than bragging rights since we hadn’t beat them since 2005,” Colby said.  “District and state are different and depend on depth.”

Colby said he likes his team’s depth, “but it has to go four deep at state because of the three relays. Our depth is good but not great.”

Mercer Island, which will hold the district swimming competition Friday (prelims at 4:30 p.m. Friday and finals at 5 p.m. Saturday), outscored the runner-up Spartans 278 to 220 points in winning state in 2010.

Harpur will lead the way, swimming the 100 butterfly and breaststroke events, and two relays. She won the silver medal in both races a year ago at the state meet, and also swam on two relay teams that won bronze medals.

Others who have qualified for the state competition include:

• Sophomore Anna Peirano, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley;

• Sophomore Geneva Levy, 200- and 500-yard freestyle races;

• Junior Kay Sterner, also 200- and 500-yard freestyle;

• Junior Sarah Grundman, 200 IM and 500 freestyle;

• Sophomore diver Shann-on Engelbrecht, who Colby says has a chance to finish inside the top three at state. She placed fourth in diving in the 2010 state competition.

District diving competition will be held Saturday at Juanita High in Kirkland, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

In order to beat Mercer Island and Hanford for the state title, Colby thinks his young team will have to have as many as nine Spartans score individually.

High finishes in the three relay events – 200 IM, 200 and 500 freestyle – will also be important.

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