Vikings swim to a district title

The North Kitsap Vikings won the 2A district swim meet with 253 points, 19 more than Steilacoom.

Kingston finished seventh with 77 points, Olympic eighth with 62 and Bremerton 11th with 34.

These swimmers will head to the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way 16-18 to compete at state.

North Kitsap got off to a hot start by winning the 200-yard medley relay, while Olympic and Kingston finished seventh and eighth. Vikings’ August Maberry, Max Nolan, Gage Hendryx and Ian Stefanski finished in one minute, 46.81 seconds.

Stefanski continued to dominate by winning the 200 freestyle in 1:50.80. Levi McClain finished second and Kingston’s Josh VanHuis finished sixth.

Hendryx squeezed into sixth place in the 200 individual medley, and teammates Mac McKinnon and Maberry earned fifth and sixth place in the 50 free.

The Vikings continued to place high as McClain found himself placing fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Since renovating the local community pool, neither North Kitsap nor Kingston had a diver. However, the two teams combined for three of the top eight divers at districts. NK’s Rydley Strong qualified for state with a sixth-place finish, and Justin Anderson and Kingston’s McClean Bowers finished seventh and eighth.

Bremerton picked up their first state swimmer when Brandon Gill finished second in the 100 free in 51 seconds. McKinnon finished first in 50.65. Hendryx and VanHuis showed their endurance by finishing second and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. NK placed second in the 200 freestyle relay.

Olympic captured a state-qualifier in one of the final events of the day. Tavyn Shelton finished fifth in the 100 backstroke. Stefanski returned to the podium with a third-place finish, and Maberry finished second with 56.81.

Kingston shined in the 100 breaststroke. Zachary Cummings finished fourth and Tyler Chamberlain eighth.

The Kitsap schools saved the best for last. McClain, Maberry, MacKinnon and Stefanski finished first in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:21.01. Olympic’s Miles Cole, Mathew Morrey, Sawyer Adams and Shelton finished fifth and Kingston’s Benji Eudeline, Chamberlain, Vanhuis and Cummings finished sixth.