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SK swimmers stroke past Cougars
The South Kitsap girls swim team beat Central Kitsap by 10 points when the Wolves and Cougars met last season.
It wasn’t nearly as close this time around.
Sophomore Nicole Hinley won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races and swam legs on two winning relays to propel the Wolves to a 113-67 victory over Central in Narrows League action at Olympic High School on Tuesday.
“Up until the 50, it was pretty darn close,” said South coach Dennis Anderson, who capitalized on Central’s lack of depth to sweep the diving event. “I think the difference this year was in the diving. It gave us more depth.”
Hannah Waterman and Amber Mayhew of South scored 100.05 and 62.90 points, respectively, and Central failed to register any qualifying scores, resulting in a diving sweep for the Wolves.
The Cougars had just two divers, whereas Anderson and the Wolves had a full compliment from whom to choose.
“We had some troubles with our divers, they were kind of caught blindsided at the meet,” Central coach Robin Schoenburg said. “They (the Wolves) always have so many (divers) — they had 10 they could have put in — and we’re lucky if we have three. So that was kind of tough.”
Hinley, who last year advanced to state in the 100 butterfly, captured the 50 free in 25.96 seconds, nearly a full second ahead of runner-up and teammate Rachel Wester (26.80). She then swam a 56.26 in the 100 free to edge Liane Hirata of Central (56.63). Neither of those times were state-qualifiers.
Ashlee Becker, Kelsey Bagley and Wester teamed with Hinley to win the 200 free relay (1:48.15). The same combination — minus Becker, who was replaced by Paige Pearsall — went on to win the 400 free relay in 3:56.61.
The Wolves took three of the top four spots in the 200 free, led by first-place finisher and 2008 state-qualifer Angela Pearson (2:12.73) and runner-up Hannah Straavaldson (2:13.85), who swam a lifetime best.
Becker took the 100 fly rather handily, clocking a time of 1:06.32 to beat second-place Mikayla Polzin of Central (1:12.93) and account for the last of the Wolves’ seven first-place finishes. South’s Andrea Densmore posted a league-qualifying time (1:21.13) with a third-place finish in the 100 fly.
“It was her first time swimming it,” Anderson said of Densmore.
The Cougars won the 200 medley relay and got first-place finishes in five other races, but South registered more second- and third-place finishes to secure the victory.
South Kitsap 113, at Central Kitsap 67
200 medley relay—1, Central Kitsap (Brooke Snowdon, Michelle Ross, Arianna Sapp, Liane Hirata) 1:59.25; 200 freestyle—1, Angela Pearson (SK) 2:12.73; 200 individual medley—1, Liane Hirata (CK) 2:15.23; 50 freestyle—1, Nicole Hinely (SK) 25.96; Diving—1, Hannah Waterman (SK) 100.95; 100 butterfly—1, Ashely Becker (SK) 1:06.32; 100 freestyle—1, Nicole Hinely (SK) 56.26; 500 freestyle—1, Arianna Sapp (CK) 5:36.44; 200 freestyle relay—1, South Kitsap (Rachel Wester, Nicole Hinely, Ashlee Becker, Kelsey Bagley) 1:48.15; 100 backstroke—1, Brooke Snowdon (CK) 1:05.69; 100 breaststroke—1, Michelle Ross (CK) 1:16.55; 400 freestyle relay—1, South Kitsap (Kelsey Bagley, Nicole Hinely, Rachel Wester, Paige Pearsall) 3:56.61.