Skyline swimmers win 4A Sea-King championship

November 10, 2009

By Staff

The Skyline High School girls swim and dive team, sparked by Andie Taylor’s two spectacular first places, captured the 4A Sea-King District championship Nov. 7 at the Juanita High School Aquatic Center.The Spartans finished with 246 points. Garfield took second with 166, Issaquah was third with 160 points and Eastlake took fifth with 127 points.

Skyline could be a challenger for the team title at the 4A state meet, which begins Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Diving prelims are set for Nov. 12 with the swimming prelims scheduled for Nov. 13. The 3A swimming prelims start at 1:45 p.m. Nov. 13 with the 4A prelims set for 5:45 p.m. The finals for 3A swimming are at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 14 and the finals for the 4A are at 5:45 p.m.

Among the top performances for the Spartans were Taylor’s All-American qualifying 200- and 500-yard freestyle swims, as well as two state-qualifying relay times.

Taylor set a state record in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 47.19 seconds. She also won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:48.96.

Maria Volodkevich, Nina Zook, Meghan O’Keefe and Taylor won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.62. Zook, O’Keefe, Volodkevich and Taylor won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:36.40, a state-qualifying time.

Volodkevich placed third in the 200 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:09.20, and second in the 100 breaststroke with an All-America consideration time of 1:05.23. Zook had state-qualifying times in taking third in the 100 butterfly with a 58.77 and taking fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.28. O’Keefe also had state-qualifying times in the 100 butterfly, placing sixth in 59.63, and in the 200 freestyle, taking sixth in 1:58.11.

Skyline’s Kelsey Kosenkranius took second in diving with 323.60 points.

Issaquah got strong efforts from several swimmers. Helen Liu won the 50 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 24.72 and had a state time of 58.96 in placing fifth in the 100 butterfly.

Kayla Flaten captured the 100 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 53.88, and had a state-qualifying time of 1:58.11 in placing fifth in the 200 freestyle. Stacy Maier had state-qualifying times in placing second in the 100 backstroke in 59.36 and taking fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.19.

The Eagles 200 medley relay of Maier, Flaten, Marit Borth and Liu finished second in a state-qualifying time of 1:51.46. Issaquah’s 400 freestyle relay of Maier, Molly Herman, Liu and Flaten placed third in a state-qualifying time of 3:41.32.

Eastlake’s Katie Kinnear won the 200 individual medley, swimming the race in an All-American time of 1:04.82. She also won the 100-yard butterfly in an All-American time of 54.62 seconds.

At the 3A Sea-King District meet at Mercer Island, Liberty had three members of its team with third-place finishes.

Nicole Lecoq took third in the 100 backstroke in 59.50 and third in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.08. Elise Tinseth placed third in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.60, and was fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.54. Katie Tsutakawa was third in the diving.

All are headed for the state meet.

Liberty’s 200 medley relay of Lecoq, Tinseth, Caitlin Duffner and Hanna Blue finished fifth. The 400 freestyle relay of Lecoq, Sarah Lowes, Duffner and Tinseth also finished fifth.

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