Kitsap swimmers dominated the West Central District swimming and diving meet Saturday as the Kingston Buccaneers repeated as team champions at Hazen pool in Renton.

Kitsap swimmers won 10 of the 12 events as Kingston’s Tim Gallagher and North Kitsap’s Nathan Ramey were both double winners. The Buccaneers also set five district records.

Kingston finished with 233.5 points, 57 points ahead of Lindbergh with 176.5. Olympic placed fourth, North Kitsap fifth, Klahowya ninth, and Bremerton 10th.

Gallagher won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds followed by teammate Ethan Fox in 1:56.38. Bremerton’s Nathan Rubie made it a Kitsap sweep for the top three spots by finishing third. North Kitsap’s Alex Stefanski was fifth.

Gallagher breezed to a win in the 100 backstroke in 51.31, outdistancing runner-up Noah Burlingame of Steilacoom in 56.31. Haaken Meyer was third.

Fox held off Steven Froehle of Steilacoom in the 100 freestyle in 48.22 to 48.79. Olympic’s Dietrich Meyer was fourth and Haaken Meyer sixth.

Rubie won the 100 fly to retain his top spot in the state in 2A by touching the wall first in 53.12. NK’s Anderson was a close second second 53.60 and Walker of Kingston was third.

Ramey’s wins came in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.14 as Olympic freshman Ryan Burchell was second in 1:50.39. Bryce Hoffer of Kingston was fifth. In the 500 free, Ramey touched the wall in 4:42.50, beating out Burchell once again. Burchell finished in 4:58.24.

Kingston’s Aron Markow won the 100 breaststroke in 58.65. He was also third in the 50 freestyle followed by NK’s Brandon Anderson in fourth. Kingston’s Quincy Walker tied with Highline’s Tyler Goodspeed for fifth. Dietrich Meyer of Olympic and Klahowya’s Mason Heaman were seventh and eighth, respectively.

Other state qualifiers included Hoffer in the 100 free, Stefanski of NK in the 100 breast, and Connor Swaney of Klahowya in the breaststroke. The Buccaneers also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:19.95.

Kingston won the 200 medley relay in 1:36.80 with Olympic placing second in 1:44.16, North Kitsap fourth and Klahowya sixth.

Olympic’s 200 freestyle relay won in 1:30.91 to set a meet record. Kingston was third.


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