The Bainbridge Island Swim Club saw a number of swimmers qualify for national and semi-national swim meets this summer at the conclusion of this year’s long course swim season.
Kevin Houseman, Eleanor Beers and Garrett Waite swam at the recent Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, California. The championship meet — held on July 31 through Aug. 4 — includes the fastest swimmers 18 years old and younger from across the nation. Houseman placed 19th in the 100-meter breaststroke and Beers placed 32nd in the 50-meter freestyle.
Eight swimmers from the Bainbridge club were selected to represent the region on the Pacific Northwest Swimming team at the Western Zone Swimming Championships.
The fastest age group swimmers (those 14 years old and younger) from the western United States came to race at the Zones meet in Roseville, California, held Aug. 8 through Aug. 11.
Top finishes for those swimmers included Ian Lipton (second place in the 200-meter backstroke); Margaret Hays (fifth in the 200-meter backstroke), Curtis Stewart (18th in the 200-meter butterfly); Tyler Stewart (16th in the 1500-meter freestyle); Carter Cox (15th in the 50-meter backstroke); Gracyn Kehoe (second in the 100-meter freestyle); Tierney Lenahan (fourth in the 50-meter butterfly); and Clare Watson (fifth in the 50-meter butterfly).
In addition, Bainbridge Island Swim Club swimmers Andrew Witty and Jude Wenker qualified for USA Swimming Futures Championships, held Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 in Santa Clara, California.
Witty finished eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke and Wenker placed 13th in the 200-meter freestyle.
The swimmers will resume their practice at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center in preparation for the upcoming short course swim season.