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Lady Knights swim for pride, fun

Bremerton’s Elysa Aho took first place in the 200 individual medley race Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Jarstad Aquatic Center with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 47.41 seconds, but it wasn’t enough to help the shorthanded Knights past South Kitsap.  - Photo by Rogerick Anas
Bremerton’s Elysa Aho took first place in the 200 individual medley race Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Jarstad Aquatic Center with a season-best time of 2 minutes, 47.41 seconds, but it wasn’t enough to help the shorthanded Knights past South Kitsap.
— image credit: Photo by Rogerick Anas

Even though the Lady Knights swim team sustained a 134-52 loss to South Kitsap last Tuesday, the Knights weren’t terribly upset by the predictable outcome.

“I just said ‘Go get it, it’s there for you,’” Bremerton coach Peter Tonder recalled telling his winless team before the meet at the Jarstad Aquatic Center.

“We know we’re not going to win,” said junior Shelby Giese, who received her season-best time in the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 56.15 seconds.

She just likes being in the pool, and the fact Bremerton hasn’t won a meet doesn’t bother her a bit.

Many of the girls on the team share the same sentiments.

In their meet against South Kitsap they weren’t trying to best their opponents, they were just trying to improve their times to qualify for the post-season meets.

“We had a lot of best times,” Tonder said after nine Knights set new personal marks.

“I’ve improved nine seconds since the beginning of the year on my 100 free,” Geise said after finishing Tuesday’s event in 1:18.11.

Allison Bennett said she’s knocked 20 seconds off her 500 freestyle event — bringing her down to 8:00.78.

The meet started off with a bang, as district qualifier Molly Tonder held a body length lead at the beginning of the 200 medley relay. Even though South Kitsap came back and beat Bremerton 2:20.28 to 2:21.37, Knights’ coach Peter Tonder was proud of the relay team, consisting of C’havala Jaramillo, Elysa Aho, Maddie Miller and his younger sister Molly.

In the 200 IM, Elysa Aho got first place with a season-best time of 2:47.41.

Molly Tonder put in another strong performance in the 100 breaststroke, finishing 14 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor in 1:20.36.

Unfortunately, Bremerton was missing a few bodies in the pool, which left only eight girls to compete.

Among the lost were Meghan Kneib, who last week dove in and hit her head on the bottom of the pool in a meet at Sequim, and Sarah Charboneau, who had her appendix removed last weekend.

Despite the hardships of being short-handed, the girls kept their smiles up for the entire meet and were looking forward to the district meet on Thursday.

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