Liberty gets two surprise wins

December 15, 2009

By Staff

Shunya Asano, Liberty sophomore, breaks the surface during his winning 100-yard breaststroke race Dec. 8 against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

Shunya Asano, Liberty sophomore, breaks the surface during his winning 100-yard breaststroke race Dec. 8 against Issaquah at Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School boys swimming team has often lacked depth and talent in recent years to be competitive in the KingCo Conference.

However, based on their efforts last week, the Patriots are a team that opponents can’t take lightly this season.

Liberty won two KingCo meets last week, defeating rival Issaquah 95-88 Dec. 8, and topping Eastlake 98-88 Dec. 11.

In the meet with Eastlake at the Redmond Pool, Shunya Asano had two first-place finishes and swam as a member of two winning relay teams for the Patriots.

Asano won the 200 individual medley in 2:19.12 and the 100 freestyle in 56.40. He also swam as a member of the Patriots’ winning 200 freestyle relay team and the 400 freestyle relay team. Liberty swept all three relays.Other Liberty first places came from Luke Duschl in the 200 freestyle, Austin Briggs in the 50 freestyle and Kevin Hays in the 100 breaststroke.

Tucker Watts, Hays, Cameron Kaulia and Hayden Meriwether made up Liberty’s winning 200 medley relay team. Duschl, Meriwether, Asano and Briggs were on the 200 freestyle team. Briggs, Duschl, Asano and Watts made up the 400 freestyle relay team.

Eastlake got first places from Ryker Oldenburg in the 100 butterfly, Henry O’Niel in the 500 freestyle, Kuroshe Mahak in the 100 backstroke and Antoine Signoretty in diving.

In the meet against Issaquah at Boehm Pool, Logan Briggs, Austin Briggs and Duschl each won two events and swam as members of two winning relay teams.

Austin Briggs won the 50 freestyle in 23.43 and the 100 freestyle in 51.74, Logan Briggs won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.14 and captured the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 4:55.53. Austin Briggs, Logan Briggs and Duschl swam as members of Liberty’s winning 200 medley relay team with Asano, and on the 400 freestyle team with Hays.

Duschl won the 200 individual medley in 2:09.07 and had a state-qualifying time of 58.84 in winning the 100 backstroke. Asano won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.97.

Issaquah first places came from Willy Matsuda in the 100 butterfly, and Brandon Pomeroy in diving and the 200 freestyle relay. Ben Halter, Spencer McCulloh, Skyler Kersten and Brian Ruggles made up Issaquah’s 200 freestyle relay team.

In other action, Skyline overwhelmed Sammamish 135-44. John Gerlach and Alex Palumbo each won two events and swam as members of winning relay teams.

Gerlach won the 200 freestyle in 2:09 and the 100 freestyle in 57.15. He swam as a member of the 200 freestyle relay team with Palumbo, David Jett and Alex Marber.

Palumbo won the 200 individual medley in 2:11.28 and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.62. He also swam as a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team with Jett, Ashton Powell and Tucker Russell.

Jett, in addition to the two relays, won the 50 freestyle in 23.62. Other Skyline first places came from Corson in the 100 backstroke and Nicholas Riley in diving.

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