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NK relay team breaks 28-year-old record

By KIPP ROBERTSON
North Kitsap Herald Education/Sports Reporter
October 3, 2013 · 4:03 PM
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From left, Ellie Gallagher, Hannah Uffens, Diana Lemon, and Serita Solis broke North Kitsap High School’s 28-year-old 200 Medley Relay record Sept. 26 during the meet against the Klahowya Eagles. The original record was set in 1985 by Michelle Arnold, Jennifer Smith, Marianne McDowell, and Debbie Berry. / Kipp Robertson/ Herald

POULSBO — The time of 2 minutes, 3.38 seconds hung on the wall of the North Kitsap Community Pool for nearly three decades.

The time was a record set by the 1985 North Kitsap High School 200 Medley Relay team and placed on the North Kitsap swim team’s record board. The record was one of the school’s oldest swim records, until Sept. 26 anyway.

The 1985 record was bested with a time of 2:02.98 during the Vikings’ home swim meet against the Klahowya Eagles by sophomores Ellie Gallagher, Diana Lemon, Serita Solis and Hannah Uffens. It’s a goal the swimmers were trying to meet since last year.

“It felt pretty awesome,” Serita said of breaking the record.

At first the team was unsure they broke the record, because they could not see the time clearly. When they got a clear view of the time, all four sophomores were excited.

The record was held by Michelle Arnold, Jennifer Smith, Marianne McDowell, and Debbie Berry.

The school’s oldest swim record is held by Arnold in the 200 Individual Medley (2:17.70).

Head coach Greg Braun plans to gather the former record holders to meet with the new ones and officially pass the torch.

However, the relay team is not finished. Sitting in the office next to the pool, the sophomores said they could break the record again this season. Serita believes they can break two minutes. The team wants to make it difficult for up-and-coming swimmers to replace them in the record book.

“I don’t know if a team in the next few years will have as good of a dynamic as we do,” Ellie said. Though she’s unsure, Ellie said it feels like records are broken in cycles. “I don’t know if it will take 28 years, but hopefully.

“I think it will be up there for quite a while.”

Three of the four record-breaking swimmers were on the 2012 200 Medley Relay team, which made a state appearance. Ellie, Hannah, Serita — along with freshman Kailey Russell — finished 13th during the 2A State Swim and Dive Championships with a time of 2:04.39.

Hannah said the reason the 2012 team didn’t break the record, or do as well as it could during State, was because they peaked at the wrong time in the season. Eventually the team’s time went from being about one-third of a second away from the record, to one about second away.

The relay team still has some work to do. The sophomores said they need to work on their start, and transitions.

Still, the team has high goals.

The swimmers on the 2013 team believe State are in their sights. They hope to finish in the top eight.

 

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