Third time's a charm for Silver

Emily Silver looks for her time after completing the 50-yard freestyle. The Spartan junior earned first place in that event and the 100-yard race, bringing home two individual titles.  - JESSE BEALS photo
Emily Silver looks for her time after completing the 50-yard freestyle. The Spartan junior earned first place in that event and the 100-yard race, bringing home two individual titles.
— image credit: JESSE BEALS photo

A third at state doesn’t usually vault a swimmer or her team into the sports headlines.

Except when its the third time in as many years that Emily Silver has claimed 3A titles in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races.

The Spartan junior helped Bainbridge secure a third-place finish behind Bellevue and Mercer Island in last weekend’s swimming and diving championships – and confirmed that, as a sprinter, she’s second to none.

“It certainly helps to have the best sprinter in the state on the team,” said BHS swim coach Greg Colby.

“But you can’t win with just one or two swimmers,” he added. “You need six to eight solid performers.”

That’s just what the Spartans delivered at at the King County Aquatic Center Saturday, overcoming a shaky start in Friday’s qualifying rounds.

“We swam a little flat in the prelims,” said Colby, “but we came back and swam a lot better (in the finals).”

Silver set the pace by setting a new state record in the 50 free with a time of 23:31. In the 100, her 50.48 was more than a second faster than second-place finisher Brittany Epperson of Tumwater.

Adding to the Spartan’s momentum was an impressive performances by freshman diver Stephanie Whalen, who came in sixth at state.

“She’s been awesome,” Colby said. “She’s improved all year long, and continued to score higher in districts and at state. You can’t ask for anything more than that.”

In the 500 free, sophomore Sarah Gleason took third place, and won the consolation finals in the 200 free to score critical points for Bainbridge.

Junior Joy Miller also had an impressive meet, finishing seventh in the 100 fly and 10th in the 200 IM, with a lifetime best time of 2:14:66.

Colby singled out slower-than-hoped-for relays – events that earn twice the points of individual races, and in which the Spartans fared no better than third – as critical difference between Bainbridge and Bellevue, which claimed its third team title in four years.

In 2001, Emily’s older sister Helen Silver, now a swimmer for the University of California at Berkeley, led the Spartans to a second-place finish behind the Wolverines.

Although Colby – already busy preparing for the boys winter swim season – hasn’t thought too much about the girls’ chances next year, he is looking forward to the edge that the experience and depth will bring the team.

“All the juniors who competed this year will be big for us,” said Colby, who also looks for some Bainbridge Island Swim Club members to swell the team’s ranks next year.

As for Silver’s chances of a four-year sweep in her events, Colby points to his star swimmer’s well-known determination.

“As a freshman she came in with the goal of winning the events all four years, and I’m sure that’s still her goal,” he said.

3A/2A swimming championships, Bainbridge results:

200 medley relay: 7th, Rokeda Brownell, Meredith Blumenthal, Joy Miller, Candace Rodda, 1:56.01

200 free: 9th, Sarah Gleason 1:57.87

200 IM: 10th, Joy Miller, 2:14.66

50 free: 1st, Emily Silver, 23.31; 22nd, Candace Rodda, 26.43

Diving: 6th, Stephanie Whalen, 343.40

100 fly: 7th, Joy Miller, 59.75

100 free: 1st, Emily Silver, 50.48

500 free: 3rd, Sarah Gleason, 5:08.78

200 free relay: 5th, Candace Rodda, Lydia Wright, Jenna Santelli, Emily Silver, 1:42.09

100 back: 16th, Rokeda Brownell, 1:06.70

100 breast: 15th, Meredith Blumenthal, 1:11.91

400 freestyle relay: 3rd, Sarah Gleason, Sarah, Candace Rodda, Joy Miller, Emily Silver, 3:39.78

– Kathryn Haines

Islanders load Olympic bases

Three Bainbridge members of the Olympic College Rangers wrapped up their fall season with a 15-12-1 record – and hopes for a run on their conference title next year.

Mike Dressler (BHS 2001) hit .267 with six runs and four RBIs. Pat Crowthers, a freshman catcher/ pitcher, hit .259 with eight stolen bases and five RBIs, while fellow 2002 Bainbridge grad Ross McKinstry had a .222 average and two runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

The Rangers last tasted baseball glory in 1949, when they won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges crown alongside Centralia.

Spring practices start Feb. 1; the Rangers first home game is March 29 at noon with a doubleheader against Edmonds.

Sluggers invited to Tom’s House

This weekend, the Peninsula Baseball Academy, in conjunction with the Peninsula Baseball Club, is holding another session in the “Complete Athlete” series.

The instruction follows the “Tom House Functional Fitness” program and includes: mechanics for throwing and hitting; workout programs for baseball; nutritional management; and mental and emotional management.

“Our goal is to produce the complete athlete and reduce the risk of injury,” said organizer Fred Myers.

The session runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23-24 at the Suquamish Tribal Center.

Information: Fred Myers 360-598-3050 or

Hooplah over girls basketball teams

Try-outs for two girls winter tournament basketball teams, one for fifth-graders and one for sixth-graders, will be held 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at the Commodore gym. Practices will be on Bainbridge during the week. Information, fifth-grade team: Jack Horishige, 855-9237; sixth-grade team: Greg Farrar, 855-9050.

In January, games and practices begin for the 2003 winter girls basketball league, a county recreational league for girls in grades 3-8.

No tryouts are required. All practices are on Bainbridge; games are on Bainbridge and in North Kitsap. Registration forms are available now at Island Sports and the Park District.


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