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Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Kevin Houseman placed seventh in the 100-meter breaststroke C final at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., Tuesday.

On the first night of the weeklong meet at the William Woollett Aquatics Center — which just held the U.S. National Championships last week— Houseman is just one of five Kitsap swimmers looking to go fast and earn personal best times at a national meet.

Bainbridge’s Kevin Houseman leads off the 200 free relay Saturday in the 3A state swimming championships at KCAC in Federal Way, Feb. 17, 2017.
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Houseman finished the breaststroke in one minute, 4.35 seconds. Houseman had a strong first 50 with a split time of 29.259 but couldn’t hold that pace in the final 50 meters coming home in 34.76. Houseman, who helped the Bainbridge Spartans boys team repeat as the Class 3A state swimming championships last February, is also scheduled to swim in the 200 breaststroke on Friday.

Prelims are at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The entire meet is available by webcast at usaswimming.org.

Tim Gallagher, a Kingston High product who swims for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team and is a multiple state high school champion, is seeded 16th in the 200 backstroke, which is Wednesday, and Friday’s 100 backstroke.

Kingston’s Tim Gallagher starts the 100 backstroke in the finals of the 2A state swimming championships. Gallagher won the event, his second of the night, at KCAC in Federal Way, Feb. 17, 2017.
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Poulsbo Piranhas’ Nathan Ramey, a North Kitsap incoming senior who was second at the 2A state high school meet in the 200 free in February, will swim in Wednesday’s 400 individual medley and Friday’s 200 breaststroke.

North Kitsap’s Nathan Ramey swims in the 200 freestyle in the Class 2A state championships Saturday at KCAC Feb. 17, 2017. Ramey finished second.
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Bainbridge Island Swim Club’s Garrett Waite, also a member of Bainbridge’s two-time state champion, will swim in Wednesday’s 200 backstroke and Friday’s 100 backstroke.

Bainbridge’s Garrett Waite swims the breaststroke leg in the 200 IM Saturday at the 3A state championships Feb. 17, 2017 at KCAC. Waite won the event in 1:49.75.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Eleanor Beers is the lone female representing Kitsap. Already a four-time state 2A high school champion for North Kitsap as a sophomore last year, Beers, who swims for Bainbridge Island Swim Club, is scheduled to compete in Wednesday’s 100 freestyle.

NK’s Eleanor Beers was named the WIAA 2A girls athlete of the week last season after she successfully defended the 50 and 100-meter freestyles at the state meet in November 2017.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
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