The Bainbridge boys swimming and diving team won its fourth Metro League Championship this weekend.
The Spartans earned a convincing win over the league at Snohomish Aquatics pool on Saturday in the two-day meet. Bainbridge finished with 822.5 points to 630 for Lakeside and O’Dea was third, 601. Bainbridge coach Kaycee Taylor also was named the coach of the year for the second time.
Junior Jude Wenker won two individual Metro titles, the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly.
In the 200 IM, Wenker touched the wall in a state-time of one minute, 55.31 seconds. Teammate Max Eyrich finished third. Wenker had a time of 51.54 seconds, holding off Alex Baker of Lakeside in 52.32. Andrew Witty finished fifth and Tyler Stewart seventh and Ben Cohen eighth for Bainbridge.
Kiernan Liberman, the state defending champion, won the 1-meter diving with a score of 479.20 for the Spartans. Bainbridge’s Brian Taylor was second with 443.40, Henry Sauermann was fourth, Guy Weibel sixth and Ben Chapman seventh. Makai Ingalls tied for first with Ingraham’s Jackson Bottenberg in a thrilling race to the wall in 47.83. Ingalls also placed fourth in the 50 free and Aidan Wagner was sixth.
Bainbridge’s Sam Chapman won the 500 freestyle in 4:44.40 while teammate Garrett Waite was fourth. Waite was also second in the 100 backstroke by Nathan Hayes of O’Dea, 50.42 to 52.95.
Kevin Houseman, a senior, won the 100 breaststroke in 55.16, as teammate Aidan Wagner was second in 58.80. Carter Hall was fourth and Andrew Witty fifth.
In the relays, the Spartans’ (Aidan Wagner, Ian Lipton, Oskar Bannister, and Wenker) won the 200 freestyle in 1:28.01, and the 400 free relay, Wenker, Witty, Ingalls, and Waite) won in 3:10.90. Bainbridge placed fourth in the 200 medley relay.
Up next for the Spartans is the district meet at Mary Wayte pool at Mercer Island Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. The diving session is Saturday at 8 a.m. at Juanita.