Issaquah swimmers crush Interlake in season finale

October 28, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Issaquah junior Tessa McFarland wins the 100-yard freestyle race in 1:02.81, a half-hour after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:17.34. Photo by Greg FarrarIssaquah junior Tessa McFarland wins the 100-yard freestyle race in 1:02.81, a half-hour after winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:17.34. Photo by Greg Farrar

The Issaquah swim team cruised to a 122-60 win against Interlake in a dual match Oct. 23 at Julius Boehm Pool.

With its increased enrollment, Issaquah moved to the 4A rankings this fall, while Interlake remains a much smaller 2A school, struggling to get enough girls to turn out for the swim team, said Issaquah coach Laura Halter.

So, Halter decided to have a little fun with the lineup in Issaquah’s last dual meet of the season. 

Helen Liu, the defending 3A champion in the 50-yard free, competed in the 500-yard free.

“Helen wanted to try it,” Halter said. “I think she could swim any distance and do well.”

Liu finished second in the 500 free in 5:57.33. Maddie Hagen, of Interlake, won the event in 5:48.27. Issaquah’s Marit Borth and Amy Baer finished third and fourth, respectively.

To make things interesting, Issaquah featured relay teams of all divers, all captains, all seniors and all juniors. The all-sophomore team of Kelly Herman, Sadie Phipps, Marit Borth and Madeline Mull won the 200-yard free relay.

The all-junior team of Tessa McFarland, Becca West, Missy Davis and Jordan Schroeder won the 400-yard free relay in 4:29.48.  

Issaquah had the top four finishers in the 200 free, won by freshman Kylie Lynch in 2:22.81. The Eagles scored all 16 points with the top five finishers in the 200-yard individual medley event, won by West in 2:39.83.

Issaquah senior Stephanie Harms won the 1-meter diving competition, followed by teammates sophomore Rebecca Solem and freshman Hanna Starcevich.

Halter’s daughter, senior Kate Halter, won the 100-yard breast in 1:19.86, followed by junior Katherine Allison with a time of 1:24.11.

Coach Halter said the team was initially disappointed by the 4A reclassification.

“We developed some great relationships with Bellevue, Liberty and some of the other 3A schools,” she said. 

In the KingCo 4A league, Issaquah has to face defending co-champions Garfield and Inglemoor. The Eagles also took on an always-strong Redmond this year and lost by only 6 points to Eastlake.

“In those meets, we found out what we need to do to make it to the next level,” Coach Halter said.

Despite losing five seniors — Mariah Klemens, Samantha Pang, Megan Sak, Amanda Wong and Mikaela Hodgins — from last year’s team, Issaquah fielded a strong squad, she said.

“We had 20 qualifying times for district last year and 15 this season, which says a lot for the number of swimmers we lost to graduation last year,” she said.

The state’s swimming and diving championships are Nov. 13-15 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way.

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

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