South swimmers douse NK

Though there were several close head-to-head battles against veteran swimmers, the sheer size and strength of the South Kitsap swim and dive squad powered the team to an easy 134-44 win over North Kitsap on Thursday.

“We have more people, and that can be a bonus,” said South Kitsap first-year coach Leah Gilland. “We probably just have a couple more (swimmers) that swim year-round.”

North Kitsap went down early in the meet after swimmers Josh Jones and Spencer Nagley were disqualified from the 200-yard individual medley. South had already compiled a 46-13 lead going into the dive session, at which point another 16 automatically went into the Wolves’ column against the diverless-Vikings.

North head coach Greg Braun remained optimistic.

“There’s two major groups of guys competing,” Braun said. “The swimmers that are year-round and those that are new to the program.”

The result, Braun said, might not beat powerhouses like South Kitsap, but if each group makes major strides at each meet, despite not taking a victory, the coach is happy.

Gilland said she was also pleased with many of her team’s individual performances, including Doug McCarthy, who picked up a district time in the 100-yard butterfly.

“He’s been working on that all season,” she said.

The race of the meet came when the Vikings’ Mikal Reeves, unchallenged thus far in the 100-yard breast stroke, went up against South’s Justin Sharrett. Sharrett closed the gap in the home stretch, but could not surpass Reeves, who won by a hair — about two-tenths of a second.

“We didn’t come out on the victory end,” Gilland said, “but it was a great time, great race.”

“This is the first time this season someone has pushed him (Reeves) this season,” added Braun. “You could tell he had to put everything he had into it.”

Both teams have two matches left with which to prepare for the league and district meets at the end of the month.

South Kitsap hosts Shelton on Jan. 13.

South Kitsap 134, North Kitsap 44

200 Medley Relay - NK: Josh Jones, Jeffrey Reeves, Mikal Reeves, Krister Seaberg, 1:55.75. SK: Nick Dargel, Justin Sharrett, James Murtha, Kris Bonan, 1:50.00. SK: Bryan Bartlett, Zach Riddle, Doug McCarthy, Skylar Page, 2:11.72. SK: Trevor Sager, Cade Stephens, Jared Rank, AJ Melcher, 2:19.19. 200 Freestyle - NK: Will Cameron 2:23.78. Mason Holmes 2:43.72. Cory Ray 3:19.34. SK: Kyle Jamison 2:47.19. Sean Coleman 2:46.97. Chris Mathis 2:27.25. 200 Individual Medley - NK : Jones DQ, Spencer Nagley DQ. SK: Chris Smith 2:23.59. Sharrett 2:34.67. Kyle Hawkins 2:48.27. 50 freestyle - NK: M. Reeves 26:56. J. Reeves 24:10. Seaberg 27:71. SK: Bonan 23:95. Bartlett 25:93. Dargel 23.70. Diving - NK: None. SK: Dan Haver first. Keegan Boaz second. Jeff Nelson third. 100 butterfly - NK: Nagley 1:20.79. Seaberg 1:11.85. SK: Smith 1:05.76. Drew Campbell 1:28.00. McCarthy 1:18.93. 100 freestyle - Jones 1:05.63. Ray 1:21.66. Kris Valdez 1:28.66. SK: Dargel 53:28. Riddle 102:97. Melcher 1:03.32. 500 Freestyle - NK: Mason Holmes 8:23.11. Michael Hulst 10:01.78. SK: Boaz 6:23.60. Sagel 8:33.77. Jesse DeBock 7:06.52. 200 Freestyle Relay - NK: Jones, Nagley, Seaberg, M. Reeves 1:52.69. Josh Berry, Ray, Brian Surber, Valdez 2:24.97. SK: Page, Bartlett, Smith, Dargel 1:45.04. Derek Dreniak, Hawkins, Mathis, Tony Tucken 1:55.00. Matt Harmon, Jamison, CJ Sharp, Devon Wright 2:12.28. 100 backstroke - NK: Cameron 1:48.39. J. Reeves 58:24. SK: Murtha 1:18.50. Adam Gibbons 1:28.46. Bonan 1:01.29. 100 breaststroke - NK: Berry 1:36.55. M. Reeves 1:11.87. Surber 1:39.73. SK: Adam Solomon 1:28.69. Sharrett 1:12.06. Campbell 1:27. 400 Freestyle Relay - NK: Holmes, Nagley, Ray, J. Reeves 5:44.64. SK: Michael Bitz, Kramer Mott, Drevniak, Mathis 4:33.38. Nick Taylor, Hawkins, Trevor Boaz, Harmon 5:48.84. Riddle, Murtha, Bonan, Smith 4:06.40.

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