The Bainbridge Spartans began their title defense in the Class 3A boys swimming and diving meet Friday and loaded Saturday’s finals in nearly every event.

The Spartans placed four finalists into the 100-yard breaststroke and is the top seed in all three relays at the King County Aquatic Center. The finals session begins at 9:45 a.m.

Kevin Houseman is the No. 1 seed with a time of 57.63 seconds in the breaststroke. Carter Hall is seeded fifth, Max Eyrich is sixth and Aidan Wagner seventh.

Garrett Waite had the top time in the 200 individual medley in 1:52.08, well ahead of second seed Evan Chard of Wilson in 1:55.21. Bainbridge’s Andrew Witty and Houseman are seeded fifth and sixth in the IM. Waite is seeded fourth in the 500 free and Sam Chapman is seventh.

Jude Wenker is just off the top pace set by Jose Jacob of Eastside Catholic in 1:40.71 to Wenker’s 1:41.30 in the 200 freestyle. Wenker holds the top spot in the 100 freestyle in 46.27, edging Andrew Boden of Bellevue in 46.99.

Other top eight seeds include Makai Ingalls in the 100 butterfly, where he’s seeded second, and fifth in the 50 free. Wagner is tied for sixth in the 50, while Witty is seventh in the 100 backstroke.

Bainbridge’s Kiernan Liberman leads the one-meter diving after the semifinals over Shorewood’s Isaac Poole, 294.85 to 284.45. Bainbridge’s Brian Taylor is sixth.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay put down the fastest time of the morning session in 1:35.16, good enough for All-American consideration. The 200 free relay of Houseman, John Velisaris, Wagner, and Wenker is seeded first in 1:27.10, ahead of Eastside Catholic’s 1:28.11.

The 400 free relay of Ingalls, Witty, Waite, and Wenker had a time of 3:08.14, another All-American consideration.

Also, Central Kitsap’s Matyas Kisiday is seeded 13th in the 100 breaststroke while James Sanchez is seeded 11th in the 200 IM and 13th in the butterfly.

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