State is next for two BHS swimmers

J.R. Ramos and Mark Woolnough are Bremerton’s lone representatives at the Class 3A WIAA State Boys Swim & Dive Championships, which began today at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Ramos, a senior, swam a state-qualifying time of 56.59 seconds in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly at districts Feb. 14 to earn sixth place and a bid to state.

“He’s looking to perform better than he did last year,” BHS coach Justin Adrian said of Ramos, who competed but didn’t place in the 2008 state championships. “We’re just hoping he makes it to Day 2.”

Meanwhile, Woolnough will compete in the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle after posting state-qualifying times in both events at districts. He took sixth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.92 and fourth in the 500 free with a time of 5:17.91.

“He’s up-and-coming,” Adrian said of Woolnough, a sophomore. “He’s just been on the ball, he’s been a very consistent swimmer.”

The Knights sent two relay teams to districts, but neither team qualified for state. The 400 free team of Ramos, Woolnough, Billy Davenport and David Pierce finished 17th overall with a time of 3:57.90, while the 200 medley team — composed of the same four swimmers — was disqualified.

“Districts went pretty well,” Adrian said.

The Knights finished 14th in the team standings with 29 points. Mount Rainier (279) won the team title by a landslide, finishing more than 150 points ahead of second-place Capital (121).

The Class 3A state preliminary round begins at 5:45 p.m. today, with finals picking up at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow.

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