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Wolves planning to send a large contingent to state
Narrows League Girls Swim & Dive Championships
Saturday at Rogers High School (Puyallup)
South Kitsap participants and seed times: 200 medley relay: 10, South Kitsap 2:01. 200 freestyle: 4, Nicole Hinely 2:00.19; 7, Kelsey Bagley 2:05.63; 11, Angela Pearson 2:08.98. 200 individual medley: 17, Paige Pearsall 2:29.14. 50 freestyle: 11, Rachel Wester 26.22. 100 butterfly: 1, Hinely 59.29; 11, Ashlee Becker 1:04.79; 28, Pearsall 1:08.48. 100 freestyle: 6, Bagley 57.42; 8, Wester 57.46. 500 freestyle: 5, Pearson 5:37.15; 11, Hannah Straavaldson 5:47.66. 200 freestyle relay: 2, South Kitsap 1:44.25. 100 breaststroke: 18, Becker 1:16.92. 400 freestyle relay: 9, South Kitsap 3:59.75.
South Kitsap’s girls swimming team sent just two individuals to last year’s Class 4A state meet.
But it is election season and coach Dennis Anderson is bullish on the prospects of several Wolves to advance to state out of Saturday’s West Central District meet at Puyallup’s Rogers Hill School.
“We have an amazing amount of possibilities,” Anderson said. “If they step up, we have a really good shot of getting a lot of people into state.”
Only the top six individuals — unless additional competitors earn state-qualifying times — advance to the Nov. 13-14 state meet at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Junior Kelsey Bagley is close to advancing in two events. She is seeded seventh in the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 5.63 seconds. She also is sixth in the 100 freestyle (57.42).
“Kelsey Bagley is a really nice surprise,” Anderson said. “I kind of singled her out last year and she’s taken it to another level this year.”
Another junior, Angela Pearson, hopes to advance to state for a third consecutive year. She is fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:37.15).
“She’s been struggling all year, but she hasn’t given up,” Anderson said. “She’s got a really good chance because the 500 is really slow this year. Someone who is 20 seconds off state allocation might make it in and that’s unheard of.”
Senior Rachel Wester is eighth in the 100 freestyle (57.46).
“Rachel Wester has worked hard all year,” Anderson said. “I’m really proud of her.”
The Wolves’ top individual is sophomore Nicole Hinely. She already has qualified for state in two events, including the 100 butterfly (59.29), where she is the top seed at districts. Hinely also is seeded fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:00.19).
“I want to beat my state time at districts,” said Hinely, adding that she hopes to lower her butterfly time to less than 59 seconds. “Good things are going to come out of the next few weeks.”
Anderson, who has tapered his swimmers during the week, already has seen his 200 freestyle relay team achieve a state-qualifying time. South is seeded second in that event (1:44.25), and hopes for more individuals and relay teams.
“I’m more excited for this weekend than I’ve ever been,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of promise in the past, but I think we have this crazy chance to shine in many swims.”