Cougar girls swim to fifth in deep WCD pool

"If nothing else, the Central Kitsap High School girls swim team did manage to beat Port Angeles.The Cougars out-pointed their Olympic League mates last weekend in the Class 4A West Central District meet at Foss High School in Tacoma, and posted five state qualifying times along the way.Paced by the district runner-up finishes of Erin Matthew (individual medley) and Andria Giovanni (50 freestyle), the Cougars picked up 134 points good for fifth place overall in the power-packed meet. Port Angeles, a longtime Cougar nemesis in Olympic League meets, was one place down the ladder in sixth, with 107.Gig Harbor won the district title with 254 points, followed by Capital, Wilson and Peninsula.Matthew finished behind Peninsula's Shiloh Brice in the IM, posting a state time of 2 minutes, 15.29 seconds. She also finished third in the breaststroke, posting another state qualifier of 1:10.67.Giovanni narrowly missed beating out Capital's Katie Fitzgerald for the freestyle sprint title. Her state-qualifying 25.29 time was just nine hundredths off the winning time. She came back later to take fourth in the 100 free. Both times topped the state standard.Ashley Heaslip also brought home fourth-place points for the Cougars, posting a time of 1:04.24 in the backstroke.Central Kitsap's 200 medley relay team swam a state-qualifying 1:57.62, good four a fourth-place finish. The Cougars also took fifth in the 400 free relay at 3:52.16.Girls soccerThe Central Kitsap School District horded both the Olympic League's Class 4A district playoff spots as Olympic and Central Kitsap nosed out Port Angeles for the league's No. 1 and 2 berths last week.Olympic, the No. 1 seed, earned a home game against the No. 6 team from the massive South Puget Sound League. But the Trojans will have to wait until tonight to find out exactly who they'll be playing in this Saturday's 7 p.m. state qualifier at Silverdale Stadium.Auburn, the No. 3 finisher from the SPSL's South Division, will play the loser of an earlier matchup between Decatur and Puyallup tonight. The loser becomes a candidate to be the Trojans' first postseason victim since 1997.The Decatur-Puyallup winner plays Kentlake tonight. The winner of that game becomes SPSL's No. 3 representative and hosts Central Kitsap Saturday at an as-yet undetermined time.Cross countryJunior Chris Swanson became the first Klahowya Secondary School runner ever to qualify for the state cross country championships when he finished 20th in last weekend's Class 2A Bi-District meet at Skagit Valley.Swanson finished the race in 17 minutes, 33 seconds to nab the first-ever Klahowya invitation in this weekend's state meet at Pasco. Port Townsend's Jake Haskins was second in the district with a 16:29 clocking.In the girls race, Klahowya's Andrea Jaynes finished 41st. Like Swanson, Jaynes was the only representative at the district meet for the Eagles, who didn't field full boys or girls teams for the Olympic League district qualifier.VolleyballKlahowya's Tessa Gardner-Brown had eight kills and seven digs to lead the Eagles to just their third victory of the season, at just the right time. The 2-1 win over Vashon (15-10, 12-15, 15-5) to keep their bid for a Bi-District playoff berth alive.4A West Central District: For the first time in several years, Central Kitsap will be the lone representative of the Central Kitsap School District at the district tournament at Bethel.CK and Olympic went 0-6 in each of their last two visits to the tournament, which offers up this year's edition Friday and Saturday. CK opens pool play at 1 p.m. Friday, when it will play three matches total. North Kitsap earned the league's No. 2 berth. "

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