Tough finish for Oly girls


Bainbridge Review

FEDERAL WAY — Kelly Fitzgerald didn’t finish her prep swimming career the way she wanted to, but she almost didn’t make it to the second day.

The senior from Olympic was nearly disqualified for an illegal kick at the preliminary swims at the 2A/3A state swim and dive meet this weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Fitzgerald was ruled out after her swim in the 100 breaststroke because one of the judges deemed she used an illegal kick, which, as determined by the USA Swimming rulebook, is a kick that “such as flutter (freestyle), dolphin (butterfly), or scissors (side stroke); not on the breast; alternating movements of the arms; taking two arm strokes or two leg kicks while the head is under water; touching with only one hand at the turns or finish.”

Paul Thompson, Oly’s swim coach, talked it over with the head referee, and, after discussing it with several other officials, determined the call to be overruled because it was not the correct call to make by the official who called it.

She just missed the finals with a time of 1:09.35 – .21 of a second behind Holy Names’ Natalie Livingston.

Fitzgerald also missed out on the finals of the 200 individual medley with her time of 2:16.96 – .81 of a second behind Mercer Island’s Melissa Chandless.

She came back to finish second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.70 and fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.16.

Fitzgerald said she did have a hard time getting back into the game after her near disqualification.

“After that experience on Friday it was pretty tough,” she said. “I was pretty upset. It was my last race in the breast.

“It was a rollercoaster, I will say that.”

The 400 freestyle relay team of Fitzgerald, Lisa Patrick, Kirstie Brace and Kelsey Strickland missed making the finals with a time of 3:59.63.

Klahowya’s Elexis Metzger made her last meet count with a medal in the 2A 100 freestyle.

The senior made it to the championship finals and took eighth with a time of 59.98.

Her teammate Serenity Jensen missed making the finals of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:19.61.

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