Spartans water polo finishes 2nd in state

The Bainbridge boys water polo team continues its history as one of the top teams in the state, finishing second to longtime rival Curtis 11-9 in the title game Nov. 12.

The Spartans came into the tournament as the first seed after finishing the season 11-1, splitting its regular-season series with Curtis. The Spartans made a splash in the tournament’s first round with an 18-3 victory over No. 9 Interlake.

Bainbridge returned to the Curtis High Aquatic Center on the second day to face Mercer Island. The Spartans, known for their speed and counterattack style, squeaked out a 12-11 victory in the semifinals.

Senior JP Tinney and junior Finn Miller carried the offensive workload throughout the first two games in front of the net. In addition, sophomore R Rossart helped lead the counterattack from the wings.

Bainbridge returned to Curtis on the third day of the tourney to face No. 2 Vikings in their home pool. Curtis didn’t really have much of an advantage as Bainbridge utilized the pool for matches during the season as it allowed them to use their speed since it is larger than the Bainbridge Aquatic Center pool.

The Spartans will lose six seniors from this team.