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Swimmers outpace WolvesA short-handed Sequim squad couldn't keep up with the Spartans.
"The 400 yard freestyle relay, the final event of Thursday's swim meet against Sequim, provided a perfect illustration of the outcome. As the swimmers popped into the water at the starting horn and began to emerge, a Sequim swimmer was two full body lengths behind all three Spartan teams before anyone had even swum a stroke.Bainbridge defeated the outmanned Wolves - who barely brought enough swimmers to fill two relay teams - by a 128-56 score that would have been far greater had coach Lynn Wells swum her A team in every event.But with the outcome never in doubt, and Sequim so shorthanded, Wells chose to allow a number of swimmers who normally swim JV to earn varsity points. Even so, only a late surge in the breaststroke by a Sequim swimmer and diver Zander Burmer's illness kept the Spartans from winning all 12 events. Absent Burmer, Sequim divers ran off a 1-2-3 sweep to account for nearly a quarter of their team points, though Spartan Kyle Rohl had a season-best 100.5 points.Even at the height of exhaustion BHS came through with 17 best times out of 34 possible options. That is darn good, Wells noted.For the Spartans, Jeff Christensen was a double winner, taking the 200 free in 1:56.41 and 100 butterfly in 1:00.42. Nate Rooks won the 200 IM in 2:21.00, while Erik Steinecker and Andrew Sperling went 1-2 in the 50 free in 24.40 and 24.58 respectively. Chris Collier won the 100 free in 57.93 before Jacob Whitmore pulled away in the 500 free to record 5:25.09 as he continued to whittle down his time. Tristan and Stuart Stringer followed, Tristan clocking 5:41.41 to his brother's 6:55.40. Jake Christensen won the 100 backstroke in 1:06.10 and all three relay teams were easy winners. Wells noted several other significant performances.* Nick Rodda swam a 2:21.95 for a close second in the 200 IM - slicing nearly two seconds off his previous best - and 1:03.63 in the 100 fly.* Matt Colley's first try in the 200 free produced a 2:12.07.* Russell Carroll knocked four seconds off his previous best 100 free time to swim 58.19.* Freshman Paul Clark swam the 200 IM for the first time and earned varsity points with a 2:46.36.* Alex Morris debuted in the 100 breast with a 1:26.33.* Brian Burns dropped a second off his previous best in the 100 back for a second-place 1:08.84. * Freshman Josh Johnson swam the 100 back for the first time and clocked 1:22.76 as well as scoring team points.* Sal Packard dropped more than four seconds in his split leading off the second-place 400 free relay team.The team returns to action Monday at the Kentridge Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center. Wells is excited about the meet, as it allows virtually all her swimmers to compete in a facility that has hosted international championships. "