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.