Houseman Downs Pat Fowler Record, Leads Bainbridge to Wash. 3A Title


  • February 15th-16th, 2019
  • King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
  • Results

History was made this weekend as Bainbridge Island edged out Mercer Island for the team’s third-straight Washington 3A title. Out of a slew of impressive performances, it was Bainbridge Island senior Kevin Houseman who really stole the show.

Swimming his way to his third-straight win in the 100 breast, Houseman registered a new lifetime best of 53.43, taking down a legendary state record. That record was previously held by Pat Fowler, who was the first high school swimmer under 54 seconds with a 53.66 back in 1998. He moves from 55th to 38th in the 17-18 all-time rankings, and won the event this weekend by over three full seconds.

Houseman was a key player for Bainbridge right from the get-go, helping out on the medley relay with a 24.85 breast split as they won that race in 1:32.72, just eight hundredths off of their own 2017 state record. Bainbridge came out on top in the next two races, as junior Jude Wenker was 1:39.93 to take the 200 free and senior William Waite posted a 1:50.68 to win the 200 IM.

Wenker and Waite then went 1-2 in the 100 free, 45.60 to 46.16. Wenker was a clutch anchor on Bainbridge’s free relays, which both won, as he split 20.40 and 44.91 on those. In the 400 free relay, their time of 3:03.95 won by almost three seconds and they took down their own state record of 3:05.29.

Mercer Island kept things close with Bainbridge the entire way through, as the teams flip-flopped between holding onto first place several times. Mercer was led by James Richardson, a senior. He won the 100 fly in 48.55 to take down Todd McCarthy’s meet record from 2014, then was 48.43 in the 100 back to erase Thane Maudslien’s 2013 meet record. He was also 22.57 leading off their 2nd place medley relay and 44.86 leading off their 400 free relay, which was also 2nd.

The other winners of the day were Bainbridge diver Kiernan Liberman in the 1-meter diving (443.00) and Gig Harbor freshman Billy Oates in the 50 free (20.88).


1. Bainbridge Island                 414   2. Mercer Island                     400
3. Eastside Catholic                 136   4. Odea                              129
5. Gig Harbor                        123   6. Lakeside (Seattle)                122
7. Bellevue                        108.5   8. Roosevelt                         105
9. Bishop Blanchet                 100.5  10. Shorewood                        87.5

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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