Swim: Wolves learn from loss to Olympia

With a dearth of experienced swimmers returning, South Kitsap coach Cliff Rousell acknowledged that he still is crafting his lineup.

Couple that with the recent snowstorm and power outages that left several swimmers ineligible for the team’s first meet Dec. 2 at Gig Harbor, and changes were expected.

“It’s one of those growing periods — not just for the athletes — to see what type of lineup to draw based on results,” said Rousell, whose team lost 102-81 to Olympia on Tuesday.

Despite the outcome, Rousell said he was encouraged by the Wolves’ performance. He already has noticed several swimmers whose times have improved.

Perhaps the best individual performance came from sophomore Damien DeRego, who won both the 100-yard freestyle (51.43 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 10.24 seconds).

“Damien DeRego had a great 100 free,” Rousell said. “He looked strong all the way through.”

DeRego also was part of the 200-medley and 200-freestyle relay teams that placed first in 1:56.03 and 1:42.38, respectively.

While senior Zak Roundy did not win an individual event, Rousell said he was impressed that he placed second in both the 100 butterfly (1:07.64) and 500 freestyle (6:00.43). Those swims were separate by just one event.

“He swam a good fly and he laid low in the 500 free and came up with a strong finish,” Rousell said.

South’s diving team also continues to be strong. For a second consecutive meet, the Wolves claimed the top three positions. Senior Joe Rose, who won the event with 274.3 points, placed second in the Class 4A state meet last season. Beyond Rose, Rousell said he is trying make sure three other divers — Jesse Labeda-Sutton, Preston Soete and Kellen Waterman — get time on the board. Only three divers compete in each meet.

“That speaks to the depth and strength of our diving team,” Rousell said. “It’s an amazing load of talent there.”

Olympia 102, at South Kitsap 81

200 medley relay-1, South Kitsap (Michael Idle, Damien DeRego, David Swinney, Joe Beverage) 1:56.03; 200 freestyle-1, Clayton Middleton (O) 2:06.44; 200 individual medley-1, Christian DiScalla (O) 2:28.97; 50 freestyle-1, Tristan Brennand (O) 24.67; Diving-1, Joe Rose (SK) 274.3; 100 butterfly-1, Brennand (O) 1:05.11; 100 freestyle-1, DeRego (SK) 51.43; 500 freestyle-1, Alex Jones (O) 5:44.05; 200 freestyle relay-1, South Kitsap (DeRego, Swinney, Jens Johnson, Beverage) 1:42.38; 100 backstroke-1, DiScalla (O) 1:06.72; 100 breaststroke-1, DeRego (SK) 1:10.24; 400 freestyle relay-1, Olympia (Tim Ward, Baxter Lee, Middleton, Josh Nejedly) 4:01.75.

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