Spartans break pool records, win swim meet against Prep

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 9:57am
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The Spartans are off to a scorching start in girls swimming.

Bainbridge notched state times in six races during its season opener last week against Seattle Prep, pounding the Panthers 126-54.

BHS won nine of 11 races, and also was first in 1-meter diving.

The Spartan swimmers set two new pool records at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center, in the 200-yard medley relay and the 100-yard butterfly.

Bainbridge shot to first in the 200 medley relay, with the phenomenal foursome of Margaret Hayes, Emma Solseng, Siena Levan and Xaveria Rodriguez winning in a state-qualifying time of 1:49.91. (The state 3A qualifying time is 1:56.00.)

The Spartans followed with a win in the 50-yard freestyle and another state qualifying time for Solseng, who finished first in 24.97, and second-place finisher Rodriguez (25.10). (The state 3A qualifying time in the event is 25.10.)

Hayes set a new pool record in the 100-yard butterfly, and qualified for state in the process. She won the event in 56.38. (The state 3A qualifying time in the 100 fly is 59.70.)

Levan was second in the 100 fly (1:02.66) while fellow Spartan Annalisia Tuinukaufe claimed third place (1:06.43).

Rodriguez also punched her ticket to state in the 100-yard freestyle. She won the race in 54.67; the state 3A qualifying time is 55.00.

Bainbridge picked up wins in the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Eden Michael claimed the win for the Spartans in 5:40.15.

The BHS relay team of Lucy King, Moorea Eldon-Everts, Zeya Korytko and Amelia Kimball took first in the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:46.54.

Hayes qualified for state with her first-place win in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished in 58.14. (The state 3A mark is 1:01.00.)

Solseng followed in the very next race, the 100-yard breaststroke, with another state-qualifying performance for the Spartans. Solseng won the race in 1:07.39 (the state qualifying time for 3A swimmers is 1:07.75.)

In the last race of the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Bainbridge’s foursome of Rodriguez, Hayes, Naomi Howard and Solseng placed first in 3:51.20.

And on the 1-meter board, Bryn Tiernan claimed first place for BHS in diving with a finals score of 223.20.

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