Swimmers sixth, but set BHS record

While Mercer Island wins state, Spartans make their mark.

The excitement in the King County Aquatic Center on Saturday was almost palpable as Mercer Island capped the most dominating team performance in 3A boys championship history by setting a state record in the 400 free relay.

The fervor in the building spread to Bainbridge swimmers, as the Spartans finished fourth in the relay and broke the longest-standing record in school history during an evening in which three other marks also fell.

David Ortyn established new school standards in the 200 free (finishing fifth, nearly three seconds under his qualifying time the day before) and 100 fly (third). Freshman Andrew McCarthy (second) broke the school record in the 500 for the third week in a row to help the Spartans to a sixth-place finish, matching the level they reached last year.

“We took a pretty big hit at the board,” coach Greg Colby said, referring to the listing of school and pool records on display prominently in the Ray Williamson Pool.

“Overall, we swam great,” he said. “But we were hurt with 17th, 18th and 19th in the prelims.”

In addition, both McCarthy (200 free) and Colin Chupik (100 fly) narrowly missed qualifying for the finals, then swam faster in their respective consolation finals than several swimmers with slightly higher marks in the prelims.

“Hopefully they learned the lesson that you gotta get in (to the finals),” Colby said.

The team probably lost several points when Cody Jenkins was ill all week. He still swam a credible 57.41 in the prelims of the 100 fly.

Colby sees an even brighter future, as nearly all the swimmers who made the trip to Federal Way will return next year.

The key loss is senior Zak Gosney, who inscribed his name on the record board as a member of the 400 relay and swam the 500 free in the consolation finals just a second off Austin Hallett’s previous school record.

“We could score in every event and be a top-four team next year,” Colby said. “We need the kids at the district level to step up. There’s exciting stuff on the horizon if they work hard in the off-season.”

In Colby’s eyes, one key to success is having fresh swimmers in the relays. “Zak (Gosney) and Andrew (McCarthy) had a tough double,” Colby said. After swimming the 500 free, they had virtually no rest as they swam in the next event, the 200 free relay. “This is a place where the supporting cast could help out,” he added.


200 medley relay – Quinn Cullen, Jeff Yalung, David Ortyn, Colin Chupik 10th, 1:43.53.

200 free – Ortyn 5th 1:44.63 (new school record; old record Austin Hallett 1:45.89, 2005), Andrew McCarthy 9th, 1:47.55.

200IM – Chupik 17th, 2:06.17.

100 fly – Ortyn 3rd, 52.58 (new school record; old record Austin Hallett 52.78, 2006); Chupik 11th, 54.49; Cody Jenkins 21, 57:41.

500 free – McCarthy 2nd, 4:45.73 (new school record; old record McCarthy 4:48.13, 2009); Zak Gosney 12th, 4:54.78.

200 free relay – Gosney, Tanner Bogardus, Sam Pollock, McCarthy 13th, 1:34.12.

100 back – Cullen 18th, 59.07.

100 breast – Yalung, 19th, 1:05.80.

400 free relay – Chupik, McCarthy, Gosney, Ortyn 4th, 3:17.83 (new school record; old record Ribeiro, Bang-Knudsen, Bell, Cable 3:17.87, 1989).

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