Eleanor Beers’ Meet Records Lead North Kitsap to First-Ever Washington Girls 2A State Title

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The 2018 Washington Girls 2A State Swimming & Diving Championships took place on Nov. 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

North Kitsap junior Eleanor Beers broke a pair of meet records to guide her team to their first State title in program history en route to being named Swimmer of the Meet for the third-straight year. Last year’s champions, Liberty (Renton), finished second with 230 points followed by Sammamish who took third with a score of 226.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. North Kitsap – 277.5
2. Liberty (Renton) – 230
3. Sammamish – 226
4. Sehome – 178
5. Aberdeen – 175

The meet began as Aberdeen’s Kayla SiasAnna WeberAnnika Eisele and Katekynn Lewis combined to win the 4×50 medley relay in 1:49.31. North Kitsap swam to second in 1:50.10 while Sehome finished third in 1:53.04.

North Kitsap’s Brianna Hoffman led the charge in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:56.64 for the win. Liberty (Renton)’s Reegan Weber was also under the two-minute mark, touching the wall second in 1:57.74. Ellensburg’s Molly Gage wound up third in 2:00.33.

Olympic’s Chloe Partsch used a strong first-half to guide herself to the wall first in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:11.39. Kingston’s Claudia Velie wasn’t too far behind in 2:11.95 for second as La Center’s Bryanna Ungs finished third in 2:12.32.

North Kitsap’s Eleanor Beers won the 50 free by nearly a full second, splashing and dashing her way to defend her State title in a quick 23.17. La Center’s Hailey Grotte powered home to 24.07 for second and Sammamish’s Katie Walz ended up third in 24.19. Beers’ time broke a decade-old meet record set by Natalee Ruiz back in 2008.

Beers’ second individual gold medal of the night came in the 100 free, where she cruised home to a swift 50.75 to match her 50 free title in another title defense. Grotte again was the runner-up in 52.59 for silver and Walz earned another bronze in 53.66. Beers broke her own meet record she set in 2016.

Taylor Bloedorn of Fife dove to first on the 1-meter board with a final score of 323.20. Bellingham’s Makenna Pittman took second with 310.60 points while Liberty (Renton)’s Eleanor Brecht posted a score of 308.45 for third place.

Not too long after helping her team to relay victory, Eisele was back in the water to grab an individual win in the 100 fly with a time of 57.13. She held off a strong Bartsch who tool second in a close 57.28 while Sammamish’s Jillian Weber flew to third in 59.80 as the only swimmers under the one-minute barrier.

Liberty (Renton)’s Alexa Hoeper dominated the 500 free, winning by just over ten seconds with a final time of 5:09.09. Second place went to Hoffman in 5:19.12 and third place belonged to Black Hills’ Emma Prybyiski in 5:25.25.

Another North Kitsap victory came in the 4×50 free relay as the quartet of Izy IralLayna Hart, Hoffman and Beers posted a three-second victory in 1:40.50. Aberdeen took second in 1:43.05 while Liberty rounded out the top three in 1:43.72.

North Kitsap’s Isabel Hendryx led the way in the 100 back, earning the State accolade in 58.30. Two other swimmer also cracked the minute-mark: Hoeper (58.88) and Eisele (59.85) finished second and third, respectively.

A. Weber got her hands to the wall first a full second ahead of the rest of the field in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.85. Ungs raced to second in 1:05.87 while Sehome’s Grace Kim took the third-place spot with a time of 1:06.31.

The meet concluded as the Sammamish 4×100 free relay squad of Walz, J. Weber, Kona Kao and Kayla Chenier won in 3:40.88, almost four seconds faster than runner-up Liberty’s 3:44.55 followed by Olympic’s 3:46.06.

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Patti Matthew
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Renee Partsch
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That’s GREAT!!! Incredible Swims all around!!!

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