Spartan swimmers remain undefeated

October 13, 2009

By Staff

Andie Taylor wins two events in state-qualifying time

Kelsey Kosenkranius, Skyline senior, tucks the corners of a towel under her shoulder straps for her front dive with a half-twist, winning the diving competition with a superhero effort. By Greg Farrar

Kelsey Kosenkranius, Skyline senior, tucks the corners of a towel under her shoulder straps for her front dive with a half-twist, winning the diving competition with a superhero effort. By Greg Farrar

The meet between Issaquah and Skyline high schools girls swimming teams always seems to bring out the best in many of the athletes.

Certainly, that was the case Oct. 8 as individuals for both teams had state-qualifying times in the Julius Boehm Pool.

But the star of the show, which probably wasn’t a surprise to many local swimming fans, was Andie Taylor. The Skyline senior won two events in state-qualifying times and swam as a member of two relay teams that finished first with state-qualifying times.

While Issaquah had quality efforts, the Eagles couldn’t match Skyline’s depth as the Spartans posted a 110-76 KingCo Conference victory.

Thus far, no one in the league has matched the unbeaten Spartans’ depth. Skyline has scored 100 or more in all seven meets this season. In fact, the 110 points was the fewest scored by the Spartans this season.The Spartans conclude their regular season at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 against Garfield at Seattle’s Medgar Evers Pool.

Taylor, one of the top swimmers in the nation, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 55.18 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 55.71. The 100 butterfly was a duel with Issaquah senior Helen Liu, who finished second in a state-qualifying time of 57.25. Over the past four years, the two swimmers have met in regular season high school meets and club competition.

In addition to the 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, Taylor swam as a member of the winning 200 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay team.

The 200 medley relay team, which also consisted of Sarah Elderkin, Nina Zook and Maria Volodkevich, finished first in a state-qualifying time of 1:54.46. Meghan O’Keefe, Zook and Volodkevich joined Taylor on the 200 freestyle relay, which took first in a state-qualifying time of 1:41.40.

Issaquah, which finished second in the 200 freestyle relay, also had a state-qualifying time.

The meet also showcased an up-and-coming swimmer for Skyline — Volodkevich, a freshman. She had state-qualifying times in winning the 100 freestyle in 54.54 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.93.

Other Skyline first places came from O’Keefe in the 100 backstroke and Kelsey Kosenkranius in diving. O’Keefe also finished second in the 50 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 25.93.

Liu won the 50 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 25.12. She also swam as a member of the 200 freestyle relay team, which took second, but had a state-qualifying time of 1:42.37, and the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Other members of the 200 freestyle relay included Kayla Flaten, Marit Borth and Stacy Maier. The Eagles 400 freestyle relay team included Maier, Molly Herman and Flaten.

Flaten won the 200 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:59.18. Maier, a freshman, had a big meet. She won the 200 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:12.62 and finished second to Taylor in the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 5:18.53.

The victory for Skyline was its second of the week against a rival. The Spartans defeated Eastlake 117-69 Oct. 6 at Boehm Pool.

Taylor had state-qualifying times in winning the 200 individual medley in 2:05.82 and the 100 freestyle in 53.55. She also swam as a member of the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay team. O’Keefe, Volodkevich and Zook were other members of the relay team.

O’Keefe won the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 5:13.03. Teammate Sarah Elderkin also had a state-qualifying time in winning the 100 backstroke in 1:02.03.

Other Skyline wins came from Volodkevich in the 50 freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay. Volodkevich, Zook, Marissa Bennett and O’Keefe composed the 200 freestyle relay team.

Eastlake’s Katie Kinnear had state qualifying times in winning the 200 freestyle in 1:56.75 and the 100 butterfly in 57.71. She also anchored Eastlake’s winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Other Eastlake first places came from Mackenzie Rands in diving and Kara Beauchamp in the 100 breaststroke.

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