When it’s all said and done, Kingston’s Tim Gallagher should be feeling pretty good about his performance at the Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships in Irvine, California.
Gallagher, who swims for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, finished in the top five in both of his events at the William Woollett Aquatics Center.
Gallagher was seeded 55th heading into the meet in the 100-meter backstroke. He finished fourth in the nation. Gallagher touched the wall in 56.53 seconds on Friday, behind national champion Will Grant in 55.02.
“For the 100, I kind of just learned from my mistakes in previous swims and from the 200 on Wednesday,” Gallagher said. “(PPST coach) Jerry (Johnson) has always been on me about keeping my arm tempo up so in prelims I really just wanted to get out fast and keep my arms going.
“For finals I just stuck with the same game plan and the adrenaline took over the last few meters.”
On Wednesday, Gallagher placed fifth in the 200 backstroke in 2:03.14 using backend speed to move up in the eight-man field.
“I felt as though the 200 was a little disappointing because that was my hyped-up event,” Gallagher said. “I think it definitely needs more work on the kick and arm tempo, and after watching the race both after prelims and finals I feel like it can be way better. It was kind of a blessing in disguise though because it really helped my 100.”
Other finishers for Kitsap include Nathan Ramey, Poulsbo Piranhas, who was 53rd in the 200 breaststroke in 2:22.55 and 65th in the 400 IM in 4:40.15. Also, Eleanor Beers, a North Kitsap product and Bainbridge Island Swim Club member, finished 58th in the 100 freestyle in 57.77.
Gallagher finished the meet Saturday with a 50-meter time trial in which the senior-to-be secured a summer junior bonus cut time, which is what he wanted.
“… The time trial was just a fun way to end the meet,” he said.