The Spartan Boys Swim and Dive team finished its regular season with a record of seven wins and one loss in the Metro League.
In their final meet of the regular season, they scored a decisive victory against Bishop Blanchet High School at the Queen Anne pool in Seattle.
And now, the real competition begins.
During the next few weekends, the Spartan swimmers head for Metro League championships, then the district championships, and on to the state finals.
The swimmers’ individual times qualify the boys for these post-season competitions, and many members of the team are heading to one, two, or all three of those meets.
“The teams performed well this year, but most people don’t know that the win-loss record isn’t what gets a swimmer to State,” said Mary Sue Silver, athletic secretary at Bainbridge High School, “Each swimmer has to earn it.”
This year, 22 swimmers on the boys’ team have earned post-season status, about two-thirds of the team.
“With a young team, we really have accomplished a good deal,” said Spartan Coach Kaycee Taylor.
“We look to be quite competitive,” he said. “I am impressed with the hard work and time all of the swimmers have put in to make this such a successful season.”
After the Metros on Feb. 1 and 2, the boys’ team will compete again the following weekend in the district championships.
Fourteen BHS swimmers have qualified for the districts — almost half the team.
“Every year, I am amazed at how many athletes move on into the championship season,” Taylor said.
After the district championship, the team’s top swimmers head on to the state 3A championship.
“Qualifying for state is truly is a testament to all of the long hours, tens of thousands of yards, and early mornings,” Taylor said.
Among the State qualifiers are junior Spencer Alpaugh, who qualified in the butterfly and individual medley, and sophomore C. J. Waite, who qualified in breaststroke.
“It has been a great year,” Taylor said. “I am thankful for the caliber of people who I get to work with, from the parent volunteers, the coaching staff, bus drivers, athletic department at the high school, volunteer timers to the officials, we are all a team.”