SNOHOMISH – Champions once again.
The Bainbridge Spartans won the Metro League title with first-place finished in six events at last weekend’s Metro Championships at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.
“Winning the Metro League title was a season-long goal and every athlete contributed to this success,” said Spartan Coach Kaycee Taylor.
“The hard work during those early morning workouts in the weight room and countless hours and miles in the pool really paid off with an undefeated dual meet season and the ultimate win at Metros,” he said.
Taylor was also voted Metro League Coach of the Year.
“I am grateful for the honor of being recognized by my fellow Metro swim coaches as the Coach of the Year, ultimately it is a reflection on the accomplishments of the team and my fellow coaches all of which make my role as the head coach infinitely easier; I feel fortunate to work with such stellar coaches Kristen Gellert and Alex Nowjack and all the athletes, in many ways the awards is whole team award,” Taylor said.
Jude Wenker won two events and swam on one of the Spartans’ champion relay teams.
Wenker placed first in the 200-yard freestyle, as well as the 100-yard free.
He was also the anchor leg on Bainbridge’s winning 200-yard medley relay team, placing first with Spartan teammates Garrett Waite, Kevin Houseman and Makai Ingalls.
Houseman picked up the Metro title in the 100-yard butterfly, and also swam the first leg on the Spartans’ title team in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with Andrew Witty, Ingalls and Aidan Wagner.
Kiernan Liberman won the Metro League title in diving.
The Spartan team claimed the crown with 783 total points; the next closest team, O’Dea, had 568. Roosevelt placed third with 528.5.
In the 200 medley relay, the Bainbridge foursome of Waite, Houseman, Ingalls and Wenker took the title 1:35.52.
Wenker won the 200 free in 1:43.38, and he was joined in the top eight by Sam Chapman, who finished fourth in 1:49.53.
Waite and Witty placed second and third, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley (Waite, 1:56.48; Witty, 2.00:77).
Aidan Wagner was third in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 22.19.
Liberman won the diving event with a finals score of 479.15, and the Spartan sophomore was followed by freshman Brian Taylor, who claimed second for BHS with a score of 327. Guy Weibel was fifth for Bainbridge, with 251.60.
Houseman claimed his Metro title in the 100 fly with a time of 53.05. Witty was seventh with 56.64.
Wenker won the Metro crown in the 100 free with a time of 46.99.
In the 500-yard freestyle, three Spartans were in the final eight.
Chapman was second (4:50.62), followed by Waite in third (4:52.47) and Ian Lipton in sixth (4:58.74).
The BHS relay team of Houseman, Tyler Stewart, Lipton and Wagner was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Ingalls slipped into second place in the 100-yard backstroke by the slimmest of margins; he finished in 51.85, just behind first-place finisher Nathan Hayes of O’Dea at 51.84.
Bainbridge’s Hall and Wagner tied for fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke, at 1:01.93. Ingalls was seventh in 1:02.26.
In the final event of the meet, the Spartans won the 400 free relay, with Wenker, Witty, Ingalls and Waite winning the title in 3:13.03.
The Spartans now advance to the district meet, Feb. 9-10 at Mercer Island.