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SK washed out by Tides swimmers
t Hinely leads the way for Wolves with two wins.
South Kitsap girls swimming and diving coach Dennis Anderson wanted to challenge Nicole Hinely.
The freshman has already earned state-qualifying times in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 freestyle, and decided to try the 200 and 500 free in Thursday’s Narrows League meet against Gig Harbor.
Anderson asked Tides coach Mike Kelly to place one of his best swimmers in the event, and he countered with his own freshman, Colleen Sullivan.
Hinely missed the state cutoff of 5 minutes, 20 seconds, but managed to outlast teammate Angela Pearson (5:28.11) and Sullivan (5:29.39) to win the event in 5:21.48.
“It was really frustrating because even though it’s my best time, it’s not a state time,” Hinely said. “I’m not sure I’m going to be swimming that event again.”
She also missed the state time in the 200 free by about a second, but again outlasted Sullivan (2:03.54) to win, finishing in 2:01.49. The two know each other from competing for the local Puget Sound Swim Club team, and Hinely knew she had to swim well to win.
“It was nice to have competition,” Hinely said. “It really pushes me to do my best.”
Unlike the 500, she plans to continue to pursue a state time in that race, though.
“I’m going to go for the 200 because I was really close in that,” she said.
Hinely’s two wins were the only ones for the Wolves as they lost their first meet of the year, 135-51. South now has a 6-1 record.
Anderson, who lives on Fox Island, coaches several Gig Harbor competitors for the Tacoma Swim Club and said early in the season that the Tides likely would be the toughest match for South this season.
Last year’s West Central District champions return five state qualifiers, including junior Taylor Indahl, who finished with a state-qualifying time of 1:10.03 in the 100 breaststroke. She also won the 200 individual medley in 2:17.05.
The Tides also swept all three relays. Gig Harbor finished with state-qualifying times in both the 200 medley relay (1:55.76) and 200 freestyle relay (5:29.39).
“They always have fast kids and a lot of depth,” Anderson said. “It’s a tall order to beat them.”
This week was somewhat usual for the Wolves as it was the first time this season they didn’t have a Tuesday meet. Anderson said that isn’t an excuse, though. He said the team worked hard all week, particularly on Tuesday, to compensate.
“This isn’t the time of the season to rest kids,” Anderson said. “They’ve got to do it on guts. They showed me they can compete and that’s all I can ask for.”
Anderson said he was happy with several individual performances in addition to Hinely’s. Pearson’s time in the 500 free was her best by three seconds, and Danika Barringer qualified for league in the 50 freestyle in 28.06 seconds.
“We had a lot of good stuff out there,” Anderson said. “Just not enough.”
Gig Harbor 135, at South Kitsap 51
First place and top South placer: 200 medley relay-1, Gig Harbor (Heide Luong, Kevlyn Richards, Lauren Biggs, Yasi Fardi) 1:55.76*; 4, South Kitsap (Hannah Straavaldson, Johanna Steinbrink, Mariah Allred, Danika Barringer) 2:14.26. 200 freestyle-1, Nicole Hinely (SK) 2:01.49. 200 individual medley-1, Taylor Indahl (GH) 2:17.5; 4, Kelsey Bagley (SK) 2:41.72. 50 freestyle-1, Richards (GH) 26.23; 4, Barringer (SK) 28.06. Diving-1, Chelsea DeMoss (GH) 139.1; 4, Marionette Lundberg (SK) 111.25. 100 butterfly-1, Biggs (GH) 1:03.12; 3, Ashlee Becker (SK) 1:06.18. 100 freestyle-1, Danielle Ellis (GH) 56.85; 4, Rachel Wester (SK) 59.8. 500 freestyle-1, Hinely (SK) 5:21.48. 200 freestyle relay-1, Gig Harbor (Fardi, Alex Coffaro, Richards, Ellis) 1:44.23*; 3, South Kitsap (Bagley, Steinbrink, Allred, Barringer) 1:54.65. 100 backstroke-1, Luong (GH) 1:03.97; 4, Cierra Sharp (SK) 1:12.17. 100 breaststroke-1, Indahl (GH) 1:10.3*; 4, Becker (SK) 1:17.48. 400 freestyle relay-1, Gig Harbor (Coffaro, Fardi, Colleen Sullivan, Ellis) 3:51.67.
* denotes state-qualifying time