Skyline edges Liberty in dual swim meet

October 1, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Toni Scarcello drinks a lot of water the day of swim meets, and while competing, she has a song on her mind.

Nicole Lecoq, of Liberty, swims the last few yards to her state-qualifying 100-yard breaststroke victory Sept. 25 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Photo by Greg Farrar

Nicole Lecoq, of Liberty, swims the last few yards to her state-qualifying 100-yard breaststroke victory Sept. 25 at the Julius Boehm Pool Photo by Greg Farrar.

“I’ll be playing ‘Hotel California’ in my mind,” Scarcello, a member of the Skyline High School swim team, said of The Eagles’ hit song.

Good thing she’s not thinking of Iron Butterfly’s 17 minute, five second album version of  “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” while racing. The Skyline junior would finish her events long before the 1968 classic song barely got started.

Scarcello turned in her best times of the season in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle in helping Skyline defeat Liberty 109-77 in a dual meet Sept. 25 at Julius Boehm Pool.

“I just try to prepare myself mentally before each match,” Scarcello said. “Thinking of a song helps me keep focused.” 

Scarcello was second in both the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events. 

Skyline junior Kels Kosenkranius won the 1-meter diving competition. Kaitlyn Tsutakawa, a sophomore at Liberty, placed second. Liberty’s Krista Lockhart and Danielle Kemmerer, both juniors, finished third and fourth, respectively.

In one of the match’s feature events, Liberty’s Michela Lecoq edged Scarcello at the finish by 0.61 seconds in the 100 freestyle.

Liberty’s Elise Tinseth won the 200 freestyle in 2:04.96. Tinseth, a freshman at Liberty, also won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:35.41. Both were personal best times for Tinseth this season.

“I’m excited by my times,” she said. “I challenge myself to be my best and place high.”  

Skyline freshman Meghan O’Keefe won the 200-yard individual medley with a state qualifying time of 2:16.26. Michela Lecoq’s younger sister Nicole posted a state qualifying time in winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:11.37. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.98.

“I’m pleased with the state qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke and I’m hoping to do the same in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle,” said Nicole, a freshman swimmer on the Liberty squad. “Coaching, training and lots of practices have helped me this year.”

Liberty coach Kris Daughters said she was pleased with the team’s effort in the dual meet with Skyline.

“Nicole Lecoq made state qualifying in the 100 breaststroke and dropped three seconds off her previous best, and Elise Tinseth has done great in the IM, the breaststroke, middle distances and the 500. She’s six seconds from state qualifying in the 500 freestyle.”

Daughters said she was also impressed with the team’s outing against Issaquah High School in a dual meet Sept. 23.

“They beat us by only four points and we’ve never been that close to beating them before,” she said. “I’m really proud of them.”

Liberty won the 200-yard freestyle relay, while Skyline won the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.

Skyline freshman swimmer Hailey Theeuwen recorded her best times of the year in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.42) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:33.26). She also swam as a member of the Skyline “B” medley relay and 400-yard relay teams.

Pacing oneself is important with only two to three minutes between events, Theeuwen said.

“I eat a lot of power bars and visualize what I’m going to do in my next race and put it into action,” she said.

Skyline coach Susie Miller said she was happy to get out of the meet with a win.

“My hat’s off to Liberty. They’ve got a great time and Kris has done a great job,” Miller said. 

Four varsity swimmers did not participate in the dual meet with Liberty, among them Andie Taylor, the state champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Taylor competed in seven events in the U.S. Olympic trials this summer and finished third in the U.S. nationals in the 400-meter individual medley.

Taylor was held out of the Liberty dual meet to prepare for upcoming dual meets against Newport and Redmond, Miller said.

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or

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