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Lap laners go 2-0, clock top times -- Sports Roundup

The BHS boys swim team blazed out to a 2-0 start on the year with a pair of decisive wins.

In their first meet of the season, the Spartans swamped Metro League rival Blanchet 104-66 last Friday at the Ray Williamson pool.

Double winners were senior Nate Rooks in the 200 free and the 500 free, and freshman Jake Santelli in the 50 free and 100 back.

Junior Chris Collier also had an impressive victory in the 100 free. Russell Carroll topped the 100 fly, and the Spartans won all three relays to claim 9 of the 11 events.

On Tuesday, the Spartans traveled to Port Orchard and defeated the 4A South Kitsap Wolves, 103-80.

The highlight of this non-league affair was the state-qualifying time of 3:29.72 delivered by Jake Christensen, Nate Rooks, Chris Collier and Jacob Whitmore in the 400 freestyle relay.

Rooks again was a dual winner, this time in the improbable combination of the 50 and 500 free. Other Spartan winners were Christensen (100 fly), Matt Colley (100 back) and Santelli (100 breast). Bainbridge also out-swam the Wolves in two of the three relays.

Coach Lynn Wells said she is “extremely pleased” with the early season progress of her team, with so many of her swimmers lowering their times significantly and posting personal bests in the first two meets.

Indicative of this trend are the efforts of the team’s newest members. Freshman Santelli’s 100-yard backstroke time of 58.13 against Blanchet is the fifth-best effort in the Spartans’ 25-year history.

Freshman Craig Rosler bested the coveted one minute mark by 0:01 in the 100 free, while classmate Aaron Smith broke the six-minute barrier by over four seconds in his 500 free race against South Kitsap.

Next up for the Spartans are the Metro League’s finest. The team took on O’Dea and Holy Names at the Queen Anne Pool yesterday, and will swim against Seattle Prep next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Rainier Beach pool.

The team’s next home meet is Jan. 10 against Rainier Beach and Cleveland.

– Roger Miller

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***Bump, set ’n’ spike with volleyball club

The Bainbridge Island Volleyball Club is looking to expand its tournament team.

The club seeks fifth- and sixth-grade girls and boys born after Sept. 1, 1990 to learn volleyball and play for a U-12 team in monthly one-day tournaments in the Seattle area.

New players encouraged to attend upcoming practices: noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 14; 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17; noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 21.

All practices are held in the Commodore gym.

For more information, contact coach Shaine Schramling at 855-9188 or shaines@nwinet.com.

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