EAST BREMERTON — Central Kitsap wasn’t able to defend its Olympic Swimvitational crown after winning it for three consecutive years, but one Cougar still walked away with some hardware this past weekend.
Amanda Ashmore, a Central Kitsap sophomore, placed first in two individual events and was part of a winning 200-yard medley relay and second place 200-yard freestyle relay at Olympic Aquatic Center of Oct. 12, giving her enough points to pick up her first Swimmer of the Meet Award.
As a freshman, Ashmore finished second at this event to North Kitsap’s Eleanor Beers.
“I knew it would be a possibility, I didn’t think I had it for sure,” Ashmore said. “But I was kind of aiming for it.”
Ashmore was the top swimmer in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly; she missed out on a state-qualifying time in the latter event by just .33 seconds.
“I would have liked to go faster in that,” Ashmore said. “But it’s okay, we have more meets.”
However, along with teammates Alayna Kisiday, Nohealani Devine and Eleanor Hebard, Ashmore and the Central Kitsap 200-yard medley relay team qualified for the 3A state meet with a time of 1:55.17, which also gave them first place in that event.
Kisiday hauled in a pair of second place finishes — she swam a 2:19.73 time in the 200 yard individual medley and a 1:15.83 in the 100 yard breaststroke. Eleanor Hebard finished second in both the 50 and 100 yard free.
In all four events, a swimmer from Gig Harbor took the top spot, and the Tides ended Central Kitsap’s three-year run of dominance at the Swimvitational. Gig Harbor had some fast swimmers who dominated the relays and sprinting events, whereas Central Kitsap lost some of its speedsters to graduation last year. The Cougars knew the Tides would be tough to beat this year.
“Last year and the year before, we swam them after the swimvitational,” said Central Kitsap head coach Whitney Dodd. “The swimvitational is usually earlier than this. This year, they already knew what we had.”
South Kitsap picked up eight points at the meet. The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Zoe Bryne, Kaylynn Abrams, Maria Hoyt and Mya Green finished third in the event with a time of 1:52.42. Bryne also finished fourth in the 200 yard freestyle, Abrams took fifth in the 100 yard backstroke and Green finished fourth in the 50 yard freestyle. Cami Lee added a fifth place finish in the 100 yard butterfly.
Kristina DuPont delivered a third place finished in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.40 for the Vikings. Caylie Slama scored two points in both the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard freestyle, finishing fourth each time.
Bremerton’s Dani Bodlorick finished third in the 100 yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200 yard individual medley while Valencia Tang took third in the 100 yard freestyle.
Klahowya’s 200 yard medley relay team of Caley Haydu, Lucy Mitchell, Liz Helmer and Loren Swaney took home third behind Central Kitsap and Gig Harbor with a time of 2:06.97. Haydu also finished fifth in the 100 yard freestyle and Swaney placed third in the 500 yard freestyle.
Olympic’s Sascha Winterowd finished third in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 26.47.
Local results (top five)
200 yard medley relay — Central Kitsap “A” (Ashmore, Kisiday, Devine, Hebard), first, 1:55.17; Klahowya “A” (Haydu, Mitchell, Helmer, Swaney), third, 2:06.97; South Kitsap “A” (Abrams, Obnial, Lee, Green), fourth, 2:07.83; Kingston “A” (Hays, Fairless, Fox, Nave), sixth, 2:17.52; Olympic “A” (Cole, Ramirez, Reyes, Crystal), seventh, 2:18.01.
200 yard freestyle — Kristina Dupont, North Kitsap, third, 2:07.40; Zoe Bryne, South Kitsap, fourth, 2:11.38; Nadine Dockendorf, Central Kitsap, fifth, 2:13.34; Valencia Tang, Bremerton, sixth, 2:13.67; Leah Howell, Central Kitsap, seventh, 2:13.97.
200 yard individual medley — Alayna Kisiday, Central Kitsap, second, 2:19.73; Caylie Slama, North Kitsap fourth, 2:30.18; Dani Bodlorick, Bremerton, fifth, 2:30.69; Nohealani Devine, Central Kitsap, seventh, 2:32.41; Lucy Mitchell, Klahowya, eighth, 2:36.72.
50 yard freestyle — Eleanor Hebard, Central Kitsap, second, 26.01; Sascha Winterowd, Olympic, third. 26.47; Mya Green, South Kitsap, fourth, 26.70; Kylee Hutchinson, Central Kitsap, sixth, 27.46; Loren Swaney, Klahowya, seventh, 27.51.
100 yard butterfly — Amanda Ashmore, Central Kitsap, first, 1:00.03; Valencia Tang, Bremerton, third. 1:05.04; Cami Lee, South Kitsap, fifth, 1:09.75; Sascha Winterowd, Olympic, sixth, 1:09.77; Nadine Dockendorf, Central Kitsap, seventh, 1:11.71.
100 yard freestyle — Eleanor Hebard, Central Kitsap, second, 56.32; Caylie Slama, North Kitsap, fourth, 59.17; Caley Haydu, Klahowya, fifth, 1:02.72; Mya Green, South Kitsap, sixth, 1:02.50; Liz Helmer, Klahowya, seventh, 1:02.73.
500 yard freestyle — Loren Swaney, Klahowya, third, 5:52.80; Nohealani Devine, Central Kitsap, fourth, 6:09.64; Kylee Hutchinson, Central Kitsap, sixth, 6:16.42; Abigail Nave, Kingston, eighth, 7:21.83; Hannah Stewart, Klahowya, tenth, 7:32.33.
200 yard freestyle relay — Central Kitsap “A” (Ashmore, Kisiday, Borja, Hebard), second, 1:46.68; South Kitsap “A” (Bryne, Abrams, Hoyt, Green), third, 1:52.42; Klahowya “A” (Haydu, Mitchell, Helmer, Swaney), fourth, 1:54.54; Bremerton “A” (Bitah, McKenzie, Tang, Bodlorick), fifth, 1:57.69; North Kitsap “A” (DuPont, Johnson, Slama, Klingelsmith), sixth, 1:59.03.
100 yard backstroke — Amanda Ashmore, Central Kitsap, first, 59.13; Leah Howell, Central Kitsap, fourth, 1:08.33; Kaylyn Abrams, South Kitsap, fifth, 1:10.57; Rain Bitah, Bremerton, sixth, 1:10.91; Cami Lee, South Kitsap, seventh, 1:11.71.
100 yard breaststroke — Alayna Kisiday, Central Kitsap, second, 1:15.73; Dani Bodlorick, Bremerton, third, 1:17.28; Jasmine Borja, Central Kitsap, sixth, 1:19.72; Regina Obnial, South Kitsap, seventh, 1:20.26; Mimi Hays, Kingston, ninth, 1:22.27.
400 yard freestyle relay — Central Kitsap “A” (Howell, Dockendorf, Hutchinson, Devine), second, 4:06.77; South Kitsap “A” (Fralleoni, Lee, Obnial, Bryne), fourth, 4:22.77; Olympic “A” (Cole, Winterowd, Reyes, Frei), fifth, 4:28.13; Kingston “A” (Nave, Moore, Quinn, Guzman), eighth, 5:27.96.