Spartan swimmer Thomas Witty races in the 200-yard IM during Bainbridge’s home opener against Roosevelt. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

Spartan swimmer Thomas Witty races in the 200-yard IM during Bainbridge’s home opener against Roosevelt. (Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review)

Spartans saddle Rough Riders with loss

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 9:35am
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The Bainbridge Spartans won seven of 11 races — and also prevailed in 1-meter diving — to beat the Roosevelt Rough Riders 95-86 in the season opener in boys varsity swimming & diving late last week.

And talk about a beefy beginning: Two members of the Spartan team started the season strong with 3A championship qualifying times in their events.

Bainbridge started the meet at the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center with a win in the 200-yard medley relay.

The fast foursome of Andrew Witty, Harrison Villella, Tyler Stewart and Finn Wenker placed first in 1:43.13.

Stewart also won the 200-yard medley relay, taking first with a state-qualifying time of 2:00.49. (The mark needed to advance to the 3A state championships is 2:01.00.)

Witty had a 3A state time in the 50-yard freestyle, and won the race in 21.97. (The mark needed to advance to the 3A state championships is 22.25.)

Kiernan Liberman placed first in 1-meter diving, with a finals score of 286.15.

Fellow Spartan Henry Sauermann was third with a finals score of 213.55.

Bainbridge also won the 100-yard freestyle, with Wenker claiming first in 50.51.

Colin McDevitt was third for BHS, in 51.26.

Witty also impressed in the 100-yard backstroke. He won the race in 52.76, in a 3A state qualifying time (a time of 54.60 or better is needed to advance to the championships).

Peter Bang-Knudsen was third in the 100 back, finishing in 1:00.34.

Bainbridge went one-two-three in the 100-yard backstroke.

Stewart was fist in 1:02.44, followed by Thomas Witty in second (1:07.46) and Ian Longridge in third (1:08.78).

The Spartans closed out the meet with a victory in the final relay race, the 400-yard freestyle.

The speedy squad of Witty, Oskar Bannister, Wenker and Stewart cruised to first in 3:28.18, nearly 10 seconds faster than second-place Roosevelt.

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