Kingston’s Ethan Fox and Tim Gallagher earned Ironman status Thursday as the Buccaneers beat the Bremerton Knights 118-51 in an Olympic League boys swimming dual meet.

Fox and Gallagher claimed state-qualifying times in the last events they needed for Ironman. Fox picked up wins in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 breaststroke while Gallagher won the 100 backstroke.

Ironman status is given to swimmers who achieve state qualifying times in their respective classification in all eight individual swims.

The Bucs also had 12 state times as they continue to be the favorite to repeat as league champions.

They will be tested next Thursday when they travel to Olympic Aquatic Center in East Bremerton to face the Olympic Trojans in a battle for No. 1. Both teams are 4-0.

Olympic beat Sequim, 107-59, Thursday.

The Trojans’ Haakon Meyer (200 IM, 100 back), Dietrich Meyer (200 free, 100 free) and Ross Burchall (100 free, 100 back) all earned two more state times with Ryan Burchell picking up a state time in the 500 free. Ross Burchell is one event, the 50 free, away from earning Ironman as well.

Klahowya (2-1) traveled to Port Angeles (0-3), but a final score was unavailable due to a technical glitch in the scoring system.

Also, Central Kitsap lost to North Thurston 132-51 as it looks like the Rams are in the drivers’ seat to win the South Sound Conference 3A title.

In a dual meet that was rescheduled to Wednesday, South Kitsap pulled out its first South Puget Sound League 4A win, 92-88 over Emerald Ridge. The meet was originally scheduled for Thursday.



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