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BHS swimmers claim fourth place as team at 3A Championships, BHS’ skipper Taylor earns Coach of the Year honors

Spartan swimmers hoist their fourth-place trophy after finding themselves on the winners’ platform at the end of the 3A Boys Swimming and Diving Championships.  - Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review
Spartan swimmers hoist their fourth-place trophy after finding themselves on the winners’ platform at the end of the 3A Boys Swimming and Diving Championships.
— image credit: Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge High boys team kicked, splashed and swam their way to fourth place at the 2014 Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Feb. 22.

It was a ranking they proudly retained, having also placed fourth at the recent 3A SeaKing District Championships.

“I’m very happy,” said Spartan Head Coach Kaycee Taylor. “Looking at where we’ve been in years past, this is one of the best finishes we’ve had.”

To Taylor, the team placing fourth at both tournaments was not so unusual.

“Where you are in the district is probably where you’ll be in state,” he explained.

“The thing about this pool is that it’s always fast,” he said of the venue, the King County Aquatics Center. “Everyone seems to swim fast here, there’s that ‘big meet’ mentality. There is no next meet. You put it all in the water and that’s it.”

Taylor said that facing the same swimmers in the same events for the last two tournaments of the year is a good thing for a smart swimmer.

“From a swimmer-to-swimmer view it’s very motivating,” he said. “They see those same guys [again], they saw them throughout the season. The swimmers keep track of who’s doing what around the state.”

The Spartans arrived at the tournament with a small team, only 14 swimmers, and fought their way to the top five after a discouraging technical disqualification early on for the 200-yard medley relay teams.

There were few strangers at the state meet in Federal Way.

“You look at the top finishers at state and they came from our district,” Taylor said. “The Metro League and the KingCo League are just so strong when it comes to swimming.”

The BHS team finished the season’s final competition with a combined team score of 130, beating out teams from more than 30 other schools including O’Dea, Bishop Blanchet, Interlake, Franklin, Chief Sealth and others.

The first-place team was Mercer Island with a team score of 337. Bellevue took second place with 282.5 and Lakeside (Seattle) claimed third with 233.5.

Numerous BHS aquatic athletes finished multiple events with some of the best times of their swimming careers.

In the preliminary 200-yard freestyle event Friday, Feb. 21, senior swimmer Marcus Tonsmann placed eighth with a time of 1:46.66. He would also place 10th in the 100-yard butterfly swim at 53.81, and at the finals the next day he placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.25) and 13th in the 100-yard butterfly event (53.38).

Fellow Spartan senior Spencer Alpaugh placed sixth at preliminaries in the 200-yard individual medley event with a final time of 1:57.21, and second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.41). In the finals, Alpaugh medaled with seventh overall in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.59) and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle event (4:46.05).

The second Alpaugh swimmer from Bainbridge, Sam, placed sixth in both the preliminary 100-yard backstroke event (54.56) and the finals of the same event (54.29).

Tonsmann, Adam Comeau and Andrew Callahan placed seventh in the preliminary 200-yard freestyle relay with a combined team time of 1:32.11.

They would swim faster but not place as well the following day at finals, securing eighth place with a final time of 1.31.50.

Things fared better for the BHS team in the 400-yard freestyle.

In the preliminaries Parker Bushey, Callahan and Tonsmann placed sixth (3:20.54), and in the finals they cranked up the pace and took home fifth-place medals (3:17.41).

Bainbridge swimmers dominated the preliminary 100-yard breaststroke event. CJ Waite claimed fourth place (1:00.11), Keenan Grant took home ninth (1:01.54) and Bill Lee took 14th place overall (1:04.05).

The Bainbridge team considered their overall smaller squad size an advantage, Taylor said.

“We took only 14 swimmers and we look at that as a positive,” he said. “I think that all season long we talk about those things [team size]. We do focus on the fact that we draw from a small community, that the team’s very tight. Lakeside is a private school, Bellevue is a huge school. There’s something unique about us, and I think we always draw on that.”

Tonsmann said he was excited and gratified to finish the year so well.

“I was really excited about it,” he said.

“I hit right at my goal,” Tonsmann said. “It was a great way to end the year, really. Ever since freshman year I’ve always wanted to be on the podium at state, so it was nice to finally get there in the culmination of my swimming career.”

The Spartan season finale performance at state was undoubtedly a well-earned win for many island swimmers.

Spencer Alpaugh also credited his time on the swim team for many non-physical victories as well.

“It makes you a lot more focused, I think,” he said. “I have to do my homework right when I get home, I can’t stay up too late. Otherwise I won’t be able to wake up for morning practice. You’re with a team of 30 every single day, sometimes twice a day, and you get really great friendships. I think those are the best friends I’ve ever had, and I think that I ever will.”

Of his numerous top-ranking swims at the tournament, Alpaugh said it was difficult to choose a highlight.

“I think either my relay swim or my 500 [yard freestyle],” he said. “I’ve always generally been a distance freestyler, and the past few years I felt like I burned out a bit. But I came back right at my best time.”

Of course, the Spartan swimmers were not the only ones to receive accolades at the tournament.

Coach Taylor was named 2014 Coach of the Year, an honor he shared with Bellevue Coach Andy Hay.

“I’m pretty humbled by it,” Taylor said of the award. “There’s a list of coaches who are members of the association for the state of Washington. All the coaches circle their top choice, and then it gets narrowed down to two from there.”

This year, there was a tie vote.

“It was a humbling experience to realize that my peers thought I warranted that,” Taylor said. “It’s easy to win when you’ve got a huge team of accomplished athletes, but [given our size] what we have to do is train hard and work to our strengths. It forces me to be strategic. They [the swimmers] have to be versatile. We really have to develop who can fit in and swim in four different events. They have to have some depth.”

Tonsmann agreed with the vote, saying that Taylor was such an involved coach it could be difficult to remember he wasn’t actually a swimmer himself.

“Mr. Taylor has a really great, really friendly coaching style,” he said. “It’s almost like he’s working with us as a member of the team. We help work out the schedule and a training style that works for us, especially the upper classmen, and he is really great at taking our input and giving us feedback. “

Even as they set to depart the Spartan swimming scene, Tonsmann and Alpaugh both agree that there are more than enough talented swimmers on the way up to keep BHS competitive. They listed Sam Alpaugh, Parker Bushey, CJ Waite and James Bullock specifically as swimmers to watch out for next year.

3A BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS

PRELIMINARIES

200-YARD FREESTYLE

First: William Wertz, Hanford, 1:42.27

r:+0.65  23.00         48.76 (25.76)

1:15.38 (26.62)     1:42.27 (26.89)

Second: Carter Jacobsen, Lakeside, 1:43.34

r:+0.75  24.46         50.63 (26.17)

1:17.27 (26.64)     1:43.34 (26.07)

Third: Ben Gore, Mercer Island. 1:44.32

r:+0.73  24.28         50.51 (26.23)

1:17.62 (27.11)     1:44.32 (26.70)

Eighth: Marcus Tonsmann, Bainbridge, 1:46.66

r:+0.72  24.98         52.00 (27.02)

1:19.51 (27.51)     1:46.66 (27.15)

 

200-YARD IM

First: Tommy Thach, Kennedy, 1:52.72

r:+0.64  24.01          52.28 (28.27)

1:25.25 (32.97)     1:52.72 (27.47)

Second: Caleb Riggs, Peninsula, 1:55.19

r:+0.68  24.76          53.39 (28.63)

1:26.68 (33.29)     1:55.19 (28.51)

Third: Morgan Ciliv, Bellevue, 1:55.46

r:+0.65  24.92         54.83 (29.91)

1:27.80 (32.97)     1:55.46 (27.66)

Sixth: Spencer Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 1:57.21

r:+0.73  25.51         55.59 (30.08)

1:29.65 (34.06)     1:57.21 (27.56)

 

100-YARD BUTTERFLY

First: Todd McCarthy, Bellevue, 49.39

r:+0.67  23.15        49.39 (26.24)

Second: Tommy Thach, Kennedy, 50.50

r:+0.63  23.69        50.50 (26.81)

Third: Jaron Hamlik, Prairie, 51.09

r:+0.70  23.63        51.09 (27.46)

10th: Marcus Tonsmann, Bainbridge, 53.81

r:+0.75  25.12        53.81 (28.69)

10th: Carlos Montemayor, Chief Sealth, 53.81

r:+0.68  25.04        53.81 (28.77)

 

500-YARD FREESTYLE

First: Abrahm Devine, Lakeside 4:39.76

r:+0.76  24.83         52.10 (27.27)

1:20.13 (28.03)     1:48.30 (28.17)

2:16.90 (28.60)     2:45.57 (28.67)

3:14.37 (28.80)     3:43.25 (28.88)

4:11.97 (28.72)     4:39.76 (27.79)

Second: Spencer Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 4:43.41

r:+0.76  25.66         53.94 (28.28)

1:22.56 (28.62)     1:51.41 (28.85)

2:20.07 (28.66)     2:48.82 (28.75)

3:17.62 (28.80)     3:46.45 (28.83)

4:15.21 (28.76)     4:43.41 (28.20)

 

200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

First: Mercer Island, 1:27.22

1) Weiss, Andrew 2) r:+0.27 MacLane, Karl

3) r:+0.26 Waesche, Brandt    4) r:+0.30 Caldwell, Ian

r:+0.64  21.76        43.15 (21.39)

1:05.51 (22.36)     1:27.22 (21.71)

Second: Bellevue, 1:28.00

1) French, George             2) r:+0.40 Steen, Sabastian

3) r:+0.27 Stanchi, Marco     4) r:+0.01 Prang, Daniel

r:+0.64  22.19        44.54 (22.35)

1:06.58 (22.04)     1:28.00 (21.42)

Seventh: Bainbridge, 1:32.11

1) Comeau, Adam                  2) r:+0.27 Callahan, Andrew

3) r:+0.19 Lee, Bill           4) r:+0.49 Tonsmann, Marcus

r:+0.65  23.31        46.17 (22.86)

1:09.07 (22.90)     1:32.11 (23.04)

 

100-YARD BACKSTROKE

First: Todd McCarthy, Bellevue, 49.05

r:+0.64  24.12       49.05 (24.93)

Second: Carlos Montemayor, Chief Sealth, 51.79

r:+0.56  25.18        51.79 (26.61)

Third: Jaron Hamlik, Prairie, 52.79

r:+0.58  25.68        52.79 (27.11)

Sixth: Sam Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 54.56

r:+0.59  26.56        54.56 (28.00)

 

100-YARD BREASTSTROKE

First: Caleb Riggs, Peninsula, 57.79

r:+0.68  27.14        57.79 (30.65)

Second: Morgan Ciliv, Bellevue, 57.87

r:+0.66  27.70        57.87 (30.17)

Third: Dean Nguyen, Franklin, 1:00.06

r:+0.61  28.76      1:00.06 (31.30)

Fourth: CJ Waite, Bainbridge, 1:00.11

r:+0.66  28.11      1:00.11 (32.00)

Ninth: Keenan Grant, Bainbridge, 1:01.54

r:+0.68  28.43      1:01.54 (33.11)

14th: Bill Lee, Bainbridge, 1:04.05

r:+0.63  29.95      1:04.05 (34.10)

 

400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

First: Mercer Island, 3:09.83

1) Weiss, Andrew              2) r:+0.18 Waesche, Brandt

3) r:+0.24 Caldwell, Ian      4) r:+0.14 Deiparine, Noah

r:+0.65  22.53         47.21 (47.21)

1:09.91 (22.70)     1:35.78 (48.57)

1:58.09 (22.31)     2:23.02 (47.24)

2:45.02 (22.00)     3:09.83 (46.81)

Second: Lakeside, 3:16.31

1) Jacobsen, Carter          2) r:+0.41 Ryaboshapka, Daniel

3) r:+0.34 Jacobsen, Hugh     4) r:+0.32 Devine, Abrahm

r:+0.75  22.83         47.67 (47.67)

1:12.20 (24.53)     1:39.04 (51.37)

2:02.72 (23.68)     2:29.80 (50.76)

2:52.23 (22.43)     3:16.31 (46.51)

Third: Bellevue, 3:16.54

1) Prang, Daniel              2) r:+0.28 Stanchi, Michael

3) r:+0.34 Ciliv, Morgan      4) r:+0.40 McCarthy, Todd

r:+0.66  23.21         48.79 (48.79)

1:12.53 (23.74)     1:38.97 (50.18)

2:02.38 (23.41)     2:27.67 (48.70)

2:50.78 (23.11)     3:16.54 (48.87)

Sixth: Bainbridge, 3:20.54

1) Bushey, Parker                2) r:+0.47 Callahan, Andrew

3) r:+0.18 Waite, CJ          4) r:+0.39 Tonsmann, Marcus

r:+0.66  24.18         50.11 (50.11)

1:14.11 (24.00)     1:40.85 (50.74)

2:04.41 (23.56)     2:30.60 (49.75)

2:54.44 (23.84)     3:20.54 (49.94)

 

FINALS

200-YARD FREESTYLE

First: William Wertz, Hanford, 1:41.81

r:+0.69  22.96         48.54 (25.58)

1:14.69 (26.15)     1:41.81 (27.12)

Second: Grant Gamroth, O’Dea, 1:42.89

r:+0.80  23.59          49.52 (25.93)

1:16.49 (26.97)     1:42.89 (26.40)

Third: Ben Gore, Mercer Island, 1:42.97

r:+0.76  24.02          49.95 (25.93)

1:16.45 (26.50)     1:42.97 (26.52)

Eighth: Marcus Tonsmann, Bainbridge, 1:48.25

r:+0.72  24.99         52.17 (27.18)

1:20.04 (27.87)     1:48.25 (28.21)

 

200-YARD IM

First: Abrahm Devine, Lakeside, 1:47.60

r:+0.73  23.09          49.90 (26.81)

1:21.57 (31.67)     1:47.60 (26.03)

Second: Tommy Thach, Kennedy, 1:50.29

r:+0.67  23.82        51.25 (27.43)

1:23.78 (32.53)     1:50.29 (26.51)

Seventh: Spencer Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 1:57.59

r:+0.75  25.53         55.09 (29.56)

1:29.61 (34.52)     1:57.59 (27.98)

 

100-YARD BUTTERFLY

First: Todd McCarthy, Bellevue, 49.12

r:+0.70

Second: Tommy Thach, 50.30

r:+0.63

Third: Jaron Hamlik, Prairie, 50.34

r:+0.67

13th: Marcus Tonsmann, Bainbridge, 53.38

r:+0.74  25.10        53.38 (28.28)

 

500-YARD FREESTYLE

First: Abrahm Devine, Lakeside, 4:29.56

r:+0.78  23.28       49.33 (26.05)

1:16.18 (26.85)     1:43.25 (27.07)

2:10.80 (27.55)     2:38.65 (27.85)

3:06.43 (27.78)     3:34.51 (28.08)

4:02.43 (27.92)     4:29.56 (27.13)

Second: Grant Heisey, Shorecrest, 4:38.70

r:+0.75  24.40       51.13 (26.73)

1:18.81 (27.68)     1:46.94 (28.13)

2:15.29 (28.35)     2:43.88 (28.59)

3:12.29 (28.41)     3:41.20 (28.91)

4:10.28 (29.08)     4:38.70 (28.42)

Third: Ben Gore, Mercer Island, 4:41.08

r:+0.76  25.14       52.23 (27.09)

1:20.07 (27.84)     1:48.09 (28.02)

2:16.53 (28.44)     2:45.32 (28.79)

3:14.21 (28.89)     3:43.39 (29.18)

4:12.79 (29.40)     4:41.08 (28.29)

Fifth: Spencer Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 4:46.05

r:+0.76  25.75        53.74 (27.99)

1:22.53 (28.79)     1:51.66 (29.13)

2:20.61 (28.95)     2:49.74 (29.13)

3:19.12 (29.38)     3:48.72 (29.60)

4:18.09 (29.37)     4:46.05 (27.96)

14th: James Bullock, Bainbridge, 5:00.86

r:+0.71  26.11       55.70 (29.59)

1:26.25 (30.55)     1:56.96 (30.71)

2:27.74 (30.78)     2:58.30 (30.56)

3:29.09 (30.79)     4:00.22 (31.13)

4:31.20 (30.98)     5:00.86 (29.66)

 

200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

First: Mercer Island, 1:25.97

1) Weiss, Andrew              2) r:+0.29 MacLane, Karl

3) r:+0.24 Waesche, Brandt    4) r:+0.39 Caldwell, Ian

r:+1.72  21.47        43.08 (21.61)

1:04.58 (21.50)     1:25.97 (21.39)

Second: Bellevue, 1:27.76

1) French, George             2) r:+0.30 Steen, Sabastian

3) r:+0.33 Stanchi, Marco     4) r:+0.04 Prang, Daniel

r:+1.36  22.27        43.90 (21.63)

1:06.05 (22.15)     1:27.76 (21.71)

Third: Shorewood, 1:28.05

1) Kintner, Galen             2) r:+0.23 Garrison, Andrew

3) r:+0.48 Hoverson, Jonah    4)       r:+0.15 Landboe, Tore

r:+1.77  22.65        43.89 (21.24)

1:05.95 (22.06)     1:28.05 (22.10)

Eighth: Bainbridge, 1:31.50

1) Comeau, Adam                  2) r:+0.18 Callahan, Andrew

3) r:+0.26 Lee, Bill          4) r:+0.31 Tonsmann, Marcus

r:+0.62  23.17        45.75 (22.58)

1:08.71 (22.96)     1:31.50 (22.79)

 

100-YARD BACKSTROKE

First: Todd McCarthy, Bellevue, 48.64

r:+0.62  23.89        48.64 (24.75)

Second: Carlos Montemayor, Chief Sealth, 50.35

r:+0.58  24.34        50.35 (26.01)

Third: Jaron Hamlik, Prairie, 51.16

r:+0.61  25.13        51.16 (26.03)

Sixth: Sam Alpaugh, Bainbridge, 54.29

r:+0.60  26.44        54.29 (27.85)

 

400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

First: Mercer Island, 3:07.36

1) Weiss, Andrew             2) r:+0.20 Waesche, Brandt

3) r:+0.52 Caldwell, Ian      4) r:+0.23 Deiparine, Noah

r:+0.66  22.32       46.75 (46.75)

1:08.83 (22.08)     1:34.33 (47.58)

1:56.26 (21.93)     2:21.28 (46.95)

2:43.03 (21.75)     3:07.36 (46.08)

Second: Bellevue, 3:10.05

1) Prang, Daniel             2) r:+0.09 Stanchi, Michael

3) r:+0.22 Ciliv, Morgan      4) r:+0.21 McCarthy, Todd

r:+0.66  23.02       48.75 (48.75)

1:11.43 (22.68)     1:37.31 (48.56)

1:59.90 (22.59)     2:24.68 (47.37)

2:46.58 (21.90)     3:10.05 (45.37)

Third: Lakeside, 3:10.65

1) Jacobsen, Carter           2) r:+0.30 Seidner, Blake

3) r:+0.33 Jacobsen, Hugh     4) r:-0.82 Devine, Abrahm

r:+0.77  23.00        47.70 (47.70)

1:10.96 (23.26)     1:37.04 (49.34)

1:59.89 (22.85)     2:26.72 (49.68)

2:47.19 (20.47)     3:10.65 (43.93)

Fifth: Bainbridge, 3:17.41

1) Bushey, Parker                2) r:+0.24 Callahan, Andrew

3) r:+0.18 Waite, CJ         4) r:+0.49 Tonsmann, Marcus

r:+0.72  23.98         49.90 (49.90)

1:13.48 (23.58)     1:39.25 (49.35)

2:02.37 (23.12)     2:28.12 (48.87)

2:51.81 (23.69)     3:17.41 (49.29)

 

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