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SK dives past Lady 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 Hinely 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 CK 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 the Cougars’ 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 CK 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,” CK 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.”
Hinely, 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 CK (56.63).
Ashlee Becker, Kelsey Bagley and Wester teamed with Hinely 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 CK (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.
Despite the setback, Schoenburg is optimistic for the season. In freshman Liane Hirata, the Cougars have a swimmer who has already qualified for state in one event (100 backstroke) and should qualify in the 200 IM as well as the 100 free.
“She’s definitely one to watch out for,” Schoenburg said. “We expect her to have a few choices for what she goes to state in.”
Brooke Snowdon, a senior, is about 1 second off from a state-qualifying time in the backstroke and also is a member of a 200 IM relay team that Shoenburg expects to reach state. The Cougars won the 200 IM relay Tuesday with a time of 1:59.25.
Sophomore Arianna Sapp, also on the 200 IM relay squad, is CK’s long-distance specialist in the 500 free, an event she won Tuesday by more than 20 seconds (5:36.44).
“I look to her going to state; she did really, really well today,” Schoenburg said.
Michelle Ross, a sophomore who swims the breaststroke, also figures to contend for a postseason berth. She is the fourth member of the 200 IM relay and and won the 100 breast against South with a time of 1:16.55.
“We have a really strong sophomore and freshmen group, so that’s exciting,” Schoenburg said. “This year we hope to get individuals as well as relays (to state).”
South Kitsap 113, 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.