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The Metro League might be well-known for its basketball and football prowess in the state, but don’t  overlook swimming.

That was proven Friday when the defending 3A state champion Bainbridge Spartans went toe-to-toe with Eastside Catholic of Bellevue in a league meet at Queen Anne pool in Seattle.

Bainbridge won 95-87 against the smaller “but stacked Crusaders” said Spartans coach Kaycee Taylor.

Eastside won the first four events before Kiernan Liberman, Brian Taylor and Guy Weibel swept the diving.

Taylor said the key to the win “was the depth of the team across the board and the ability of individual athletes to score points in all event.”

Highlights included wins in the 100 backstroke by John Velisaris, the 500 free by Sam Chapman and a 200 freestyle relay lead-off showdown between Liberman and Taylor. 

The highlight of the boys swimming season for local swim fans will be the showdown between Bainbridge and 2A state champion Kingston in a local grudge match for Kitsap swimming prominence.

The meet is at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Bainbridge.


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