The Gig Harbor Tides boys swimming team remained unbeaten at 4-0 with convincing wins last week over Timberline and Central Kitsap.
The Tides beat Timberline 122-64 on Dec. 17 in Lacey.
“There were many nice efforts, and many athletes found themselves competing in unfamiliar events, such as Clay Curtis swimming the 500 free for the first time in his high school career,” head coach Mike Kelly wrote in an email. “Clay went out and worked really hard, putting forth an effort that placed him second overall and the first of the Tides swimmers.”
The team qualified for the Class 4A state meet in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays. In the 200, Jacob Stone, Derek Jones, Dale Williams and Erik Nielsen won in 1 minute, 31.65 seconds. Jones, Kellen Furrer, Williams and Nielsen recorded a 3:21.22 in the 400.
Both of the relays are currently the fastest in the state for the 4A classification.
“I want to congratulate the team on a fine road win and appreciate the effort they put forth, along with their sportsmanship and team spirit,” Kelly said.
On Thursday, Gig Harbor beat the visiting Central Kitsap Cougars, 128-54.
“We were able to mix up their lineup and get another look at the capabilities of the team with regards to event flexibility,” Kelly said. “All of the relays were formulated so the coaches could review new group dynamics, along with trying athletes out in new strokes.”
Nielsen posted state-qualifying times in the 200 free and 100 backstroke, and he won both events. The Tides also recorded their first tie of the year for first place as Furrer and Griffin Doane both touched the wall in 24.92 in the 50 free.
The Tides’ Bastian Weyn won the 1-meter diving event with a season-high 198.45 points.
Several Peninsula Seahawks earned pins in a 51-17 win over Lakes on Thursday.
Peninsula wrestlers who won with pins were Seth Wahto (120-pound weight class), Kevin McPherson (138), William Lester (152), Roger Kaffer (160), Hector Medina (182) and Kyrie Simmons (285).
Zach Goddard (145), Tim Henderson (170) and Chance Stolz (195) won by decision.
The visiting Olympia Bears outscored the Gig Harbor Tides 18-4 in the fourth quarter to win, 39-32.
Guard McKenzie Alton led the Tides (2-4 overall, 0-2 Class 4A Narrows) with 19 points on 5-for-13 shooting.
KJ Keim added six points.Sports reporter Jon Manley can be reached at 253-358-4151 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @gateway_jon.