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Swimmers do well at Metro

Austin Hallett won the 200 individual medley and the Bainbridge swim team placed sixth overall at the Metro League Championship Friday at Madison Pool in Seattle.

The sophomore swimmer came in second to Patrick Goodwin of Seattle Prep in the 50 free with a time of 22.48.

Head coach Kaycee Taylor was pleased with his and the team’s performance.

“Going into it, we had some of our best times in the relays,” he said. “Our main goal was to finish higher than fifth.”

The Spartans placed fourth in the boys’ team competition with 136 points.

The 200 medley team of Caelen Ball, Cooper Ashley, Clif McKenzie and Jon Swanson finished fifth, while the 200 freestyle relay of McKenzie, Tamas Torok, Swanson and Hallett finished third with a time of 1:32.64, 1.56 seconds behind the first place team of Lakeside.

The 400 freestyle relay team was disqualified along with several other teams for false starts. Taylor wasn’t too happy about that, but gave credit to kids who dropped their times and gave the Spartans some much-needed points.

“Adrian Mason had some fantastic swims,” he said.

The senior swam a 2:20.13 in the 200 IM, shaving four seconds off his previous time. Taylor also gave credit to Zak Gosney, who placed third in the consolation finals with a time of 5:40.99, enabling him to make it to Districts.

Olaf Olsen and Cheyne Clark qualified for State in the dive competition. Olsen placed first with a score of 412, and Clark was fifth with a score of 326.

“Those two will help us a lot against teams,” Taylor said. “I’ve seen most of them and there’s one that can give Olaf some competion.”

The 3A Sea-King District 2 meet is at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the UW Pool in the Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Grapplers suffer setback at Metro

Everyone wants to end their careers at the top, but Ian Brooks and Brian Robert may not get that chance.

The two senior co-captains suffered injuries at the Metro League championships Saturday, hampering their chances to move on.

Brooks, who has a slight tear in his oblique and a bad knee, lost in the finals of the 152-pound category to Evan Thorpe of Bishop Blanchet by an 6-3 decision, while Daniel Polich of Blanchet won by injury default over Robert in the finals of the 160-pound category.

Co-head coach Dan Pippinger said that Robert’s injury occured in a “freak accident,” as he hurt either his Achilles heel or his ankle during a match.

He won’t know the extent of the injury until later in the week.

Matthew Ritualo lost in the 112-pound finals to Anthony Rosario of Chief Sealth by an 8-0 decision.

Those three qualified for the district tournament along with Eli Narte, who defeated Connor Myhre of Blanchet in the third place match of the 103-pound finals.

He, along with Mark King, who lost to Adam Carroll of Blanchet by an 7-0 decision in the third place match of the 119-pound finals, and Peter Paskell, who lost to Ben Harbaugh of Nathan Hale in a 16-7 major decision in the third place match of the 145-pound finals, all qualify for Districts.

“It’s not promising they’ll be in, (at State) but in terms of a team we’ve only had three at Regionals last year, and that’s a positive step for this team,” Pippinger said.

Keith Robert pinned Keith Jacobsen in the fifth place match in the 112-pound category, while Patrick Macala, James Gaunivinaka defeated their opponents in the 125-, 112- and the 140-pound fifth place matches.

Pippinger said their chances might not be great, but they need to stay focused.

“They should be ready to move onto the last tourney,” he said. “All the other tourneys you’ll forget. The state tourney is the one that matters.”

The 3A regional tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at West Seattle High School with finals at 5 p.m.

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