Beers, Crane win state titles for Kitsap schools | Girls Swimming

FEDERAL WAY — For the second year in a row, North Kitsap sophomore Eleanor Beers was named Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Swimmer of the Meet at the 2A state championship on Nov. 10-11.

Beers took home four state titles at the meet — individual victories in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, and two as part of a relay team in the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays.

She also rebounded from the disappointment of being disqualified from the 100-yard freestyle event at the West Central District meet after she was ruled to have moved after assuming the starting position.

“For some athletes that might have shaken their confidence a bit, but she is extremly mentally tough,” said head coach Greg Braun. “That just made her more determined to be successful at state.”

Instead, she won the finals of those respective races with times of 23.65 and 50.99, earning All-American consideration with her time in the 100-yard event, and finishing just one one-hundredth of a second slower than the meet record she set last year (50.98).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Anna Schrader, Layna Hart, Brianna Hoffman and Beers took home the top spot with a time of 1:40.35. Isabel Hendryx, Izy Iral and Claire Stone joined Beers on the podium with a time of 1:50.06 in the 200 medley relay, a new school record. Hendryx, Hart, Iral and Hoffman also joined forces to take third place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Hendryx nearly won a first place title of her own, finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke event. She did, however, set a new school record in the process with a time of 57.73.

Hoffman also turned in fine performances in the 200 freestyle finals (5th, 1:58.68) and the 500 freestyle finals (4th, 5:19.23). Iral also took home sixth in the 100-yard butterfly event (1:01.28).

With swimmers scoring in every event, the Vikings pushed three-time defending 2A champion Liberty High School all weekend. Liberty scored its fourth consecutive state crown, but North Kitsap finished in second and Braun was voted Coach of the Year by the coaches in attendance.

“We had kids in every event in the top 16, and we’ve not done that before,” said Braun. “To be able to put a kid in every event was amazing and to have multiple kids that made it to finals for us, this season has been one new thing after another.”

Klahowya’s Kira Crane earned two state titles, winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.95, then following up that performance with a win in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time was 57.66. The Wyoming-bound senior set personal best times in both events.

Crane’s win the 100 butterfly comes just one year after she was bested by Alexis Smith of Cheney, missing out on a state championship by .03.

“It was important to her that this season, especially districts and states, that she had those drops in times that she wanted,” said Klahowya head coach Diana Petersen. “It helps her show coaches at Wyoming that she has even more potential than they thought when she signed.”

Olympic’s Chloe Partsch finished just behind Crane in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.59. Partsch also finished fourth in the 200 individual medley event (2:15.03). She also finished in sixth place as part of the 200-yard medley relay team with Hannah Zimmer, Arly Lagat and Vanessa McLain with a time of 1:58.28.

Kingston’s Claudia Velie took home a medal in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.38, finishing just two seconds behind Liberty’s Abby Russell. Vele also finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke event with a time of 1:08.95.

At the 3A meet, Central Kitsap placed ninth overall and had a few swimmers compete in the top eight in their events.

Haley Morkort finished in fifth place in the 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 24.65. Taylor Sims took home eighth in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing in 2:11.82. The 200 freestyle relay team of Sims, Olivia Gibson, Chelsea Miller and Morkort came in fifth in 1:39.51. The 400 freestyle team of Sims, Gibson, Tatiana Tubberville and Morkort finished eighth with a time of 3:38.98.

— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at mkrulish@soundpublishing.com.

More in Sports

Nick Zeller-Singh
Why Seattle is a perfect spot for 2026 World Cup

Seattle is one of 16 locations in North America to host the… Continue reading

David Musselman worked as a security guard and in customer service for the Seattle Seahawks for nearly seven seasons. Courtesy Photos
Poulsbo firefighter’s path to Seahawks security

First in a series on locals involved with professional sports Dave Musselman… Continue reading

Nicholas Zeller-Singh/Kitsap News Group photos
Kitsap County residents have seen a spike in participation numbers of all ages since the Seattle Kraken started.
Kraken spark more interest in hockey in Kitsap County

The Seattle Kraken pro team has been a hit in Kitsap County,… Continue reading

Salix Wartes-Kahl of NK placed second to lead the Vikings at state. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK gets 6 Top 5 finishes at 2A state

Salix Wartes-Kahl had the best finish for North Kitsap at the state… Continue reading

Senior catcher Colton Bower was a big reason for NK’s success this season. He will be on scholarship to play for Washington State University next year.
NK baseball stunned in 1st round at state

North Kitsap’s baseball team won over 20 games and only lost a… Continue reading

Makayla Stockman winds up to pitch for the Vikings. Steve Powell/File Photos
NK girls make it to state the hard way

Competitions took place last weekend to see who would advance to the… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

NK's Angel Chavez (8), a junior forward, and Jackson Reeves (12) rush back to defend to keep Clover Park from scoring a breakaway goal. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK wins in soccer, softball

North Kitsap is still alive in the District 2/3 2A boys soccer… Continue reading

Laine Miller of NK tossed the discus over 142 feet to win the discus. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK boys, girls win home track meet

Whether it’s for first place, or last, or somewhere in between, high… Continue reading

Kingston sophomore Peau Tameilau (33) slides safety into home plate as catcher Colton Bower of North Kitsap awaits the throw. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK comes back to beat Kingston

For a little while, it looked like Kingston might upset rival North… Continue reading

The free fishing derby put on by the Lions Club is Saturday in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Free fishing derby Saturday in Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is hosting a “Hooked on Fish Derby”… Continue reading

Colton Bower of NK dives safely back to first base after hitting a single in the first inning. Zach Duffy of BHS applies the tag. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald
NK falls to league-leading Bainbridge

You can bet the North Kitsap Viking outfielders are going to be… Continue reading