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South Whidbey High School’s senior swimmers are (l to r) Katie Zundel, Ashley Lynch, and Sarah Zundel. (Photos courtesy Kymy Johnson)

They endured.

Six swimmers from South Whidbey High School managed to get a season in during the Age of Coronavirus, going above and beyond what they normally have to do just to compete.

And that’s impressive, since even a normal season requires more than the normal amount of commitment.

Any Falcons who want to swim or dive have to get themselves to the mainland, where they train and travel with Kamiak High School in Mukilteo.

During meets, the South Whidbey competitors compile their own points, however, and don’t add to the total gathered by the Knights.

So, take that initial trip, toss in all the Covid-related restrictions, and give the Falcons an extra vote of approval.

“As far as the six (SWHS simmers) go, amazing dedication to ride the ferry every day,” said Kamiak coach Chris Erickson. “For Ashley (Lynch) and Katie (Zundel), four years!”

Katie’s twin sister, Sarah, joined the team as a sophomore, with the three capping their prep careers this season as seniors.

While the trio, who are Academic All-Americans, compete off-Island, they are still a big part of the local swim scene.

Lynch and the Zundel sisters are life guards at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, and teach swim lessons through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department.

L to r are Lynch, Katie Zundel, Sarah Zundel, Kamiak Coach Chris Erickson, Parker Forsyth, Abigail Ireland, and Devon King.

Lynch finished #4 in the 500 free and #5 in the 200 free among Wesco swimmers.

South Whidbey sophomore Parker Forsythe was #5 in the 200 IM and #8 in the 100 fly, with Katie Zundel claiming #10 in the 100 back stroke.

When All-League honors were issued, South Whidbey hit the list three times, earning Honorable Mention status for Lynch in the 500 free and both its 200 Medley and 400 Free relay squads.

While three of the six Falcons graduate, Forsythe, Abigail Ireland, and Devon King are just sophomores.

The swimming co-op between South Whidbey and Kamiak was begun by Ashley Lynch’s older sister, Ally, and Kinsey Eager.

“The norms were set and this group has carried it on,” Erickson said. “When these three seniors graduate, I have no doubt that the three sophomores will continue on the tradition of dedication and commitment.

“For as short as it was, this mini season was fun, memorable, and mostly productive.”

One last bow for the seniors.

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Stay home, but still get that triathlon burn.

Want to stay active in the time of coronavirus?

You can compete in one of Whidbey’s premier athletic events without coming to the Island this summer.

And let’s stress that last part, as you can take part in the Whidbey Island Triathlon but not transport any potential germs to Phase 3 Island County from your blighted Phase 1 or Phase 2 burgs.

Just sayin’.

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, the triathlon, in its 24th year of existence, has gone virtual.

Instead of being a one-day competition on Whidbey, the event, managed by the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District, is being offered July 24-August 2.

Normally, the Whidbey Triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, a 19-mile bike ride, and a 3.75-mile run.

So, not the Ironman, but still a nice, tough challenge.

This time around, there is no official race course — again, stay off of Whidbey; we have cattle prods and will use them! — which also means no awards for placing.

But, if you take a look at the event’s web site, you’ll find a variety of different ways to get that triathlon burn … without being singed by any wayward cattle prods.

That includes being able to use a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or indoor rowing machine to simulate the swim session, or a treadmill for the running leg.

For much more info, pop over to:

Whidbey Island Triathlon

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Wait, I’m wearing … pants?!?!

It’s deceptive. So, so deceptive.

Look outside today, with the sun glistening off of Penn Cove, and you almost might believe the water would be warm.

You’d be wrong, however.

Once upon a time, for about a five-year stretch, I went into the waters below my house every single day for much of the year.

In just a swimsuit.

And believe me, it was never, ever, EVER warm.

Certainly not when there was snow on the ground in November, but also certainly not on the rare 90-degree day in August, either.

Looking back, I am left to wonder – was I a moron?

And then you see the drawings I used to make on my body parts prior to splashing down, and you know the answer for yourself.

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Cole Weinstein

He went out with a splash.

Coupeville High School grad Cole Weinstein wrapped up a very-successful college swim career this weekend with an appearance at the NCAA D-III Swim and Dive Championships in Shenandoah, Texas.

A three-time First-Team All-League Pick during his run at Whitman College, Weinstein swam in three events at the national meet.

He finished 18th in the 400 IM in a time of 4:02.20, while also claiming 24th in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.44) and 28th in the 500 free (4:35.66).

Weinstein’s time in the 500 free was a PR, while he missed making the final in the 400 IM by less than a second.

Whitman sent four swimmers to nationals this year, the most in one season in school history.

Weinstein, who also swam at nationals as a junior, was joined this time around by Mara Selznick, Tai Hallstein and Clark Sun.

A senior at Whitman, Weinstein is majoring in film and media studies.

Before heading to Whitman, he had a very successful run with the North Whidbey Aquatic Club and competed in the pool for Oak Harbor High School, like older sister Rachel, since Coupeville doesn’t have a facility or team.

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Cole Weinstein

Cole Weinstein

Makana Stone is not the only former Coupeville standout tearing up things at Whitman College these days.

Wolf grad Cole Weinstein is busy rewriting the school’s record books and was tabbed as Co-Swimmer of the Year by the Northwest Conference.

He claimed three first-places finishes at the conference meet in mid-Feb., winning the 400 individual medley and 1,650 free while swimming a leg on a triumphant 400 free relay unit.

Weinstein’s time in the 400 IM (3:58.64) broke the school and league record.

In addition to his three firsts, he racked up a second-place finish in the 500 free and a third in the 800 free relay, helping Whitman cruise to the conference title.

Now a three-time, First-Team All-League pick, Weinstein is off to the NCAA D-III championships in Texas Mar. 15-18.

While there he’s scheduled to compete in the 400 IM, 500 free and 200 breaststroke.

It will be his second appearance at the national championships.

A senior at Whitman, Weinstein is majoring in film and media studies.

Before heading to Whitman, he had a very successful run with the North Whidbey Aquatic Club and competed in the pool for Oak Harbor High School, like older sister Rachel, since Coupeville doesn’t have a facility or team.

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