Liberty swimmer sets meet record
February 9, 2010
Liberty High School swimmer Logan Briggs has already had quite a season to date. However, it got even better Feb. 6, when the Patriot sophomore set a meet record at the KingCo Conference Championships at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.
Briggs won the 200-yard individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 58.81 seconds. He finished far ahead of Garfield’s Reid Walker, who was second in 2:00.52. The winning time was a good drop for Briggs, who had the fastest preliminary time of 2:00.55.
Briggs also placed sixth in the 100 butterfly in 56.38.As a team, Liberty finished sixth in the meet that combined KingCo 4A and 3A teams. The Patriots had 318 points. They had the third highest point total for 3A KingCo teams. Mercer Island finished first with 878 points and Garfield was second with 434.
Liberty gave Mercer Island a battle in the day’s opening event — the 200 medley relay. Mercer Island finished first in a time of 1:43.61. Liberty was close behind in 1:43.65. Both teams had state-qualifying times. Luke Duschl, Shunya Asano, Austin Briggs and Logan Briggs made up Liberty’s relay team.
The Patriots also finished third in the 200 freestyle relay in a state-qualifying time of 1:32.68.
Asano took first in the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:02.64.
Issaquah finished eighth with 261.50 points and Skyline was 10th with 165.
Brandon Pomeroy, of Issaquah, took third in diving with 306.60 points. Austin Melody finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.50.
The Eagles also took fifth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:36.57. Brian Ruggles, Jack Taylor, Skyler Kersten and Willy Matsuda were the relay team.
Eagle wins beam
Issaquah High School’s Olivia Goree finished first on the balance beam Feb. 6 in the 4A KingCo Conference gymnastics meet at Mount Si High School.
Goree won the event with a score of 9.45 to just edge Hailey Wells, of Woodinville. Wells was second in 9.425. The Woodinville gymnast won the all-around title with a score of 36.825.
Woodinville won the team title with 176.3 points. Issaquah took fourth with 164.2.
In the 3A/2A KingCo meet, Liberty finished third with 144.075 points. Mount Si repeated as champion by scoring 163.05 points.
Skyline cheer team takes second
The Skyline High School cheer squad has some momentum as it gears up for a trip to nationals later this month.
Two of Skyline’s teams took second place at the WIAA state championships Jan. 23 in Everett, according to coach Stephania Lemeshko. The Spartans were going for a three-peat after winning state in 2008 and 2009.
Skyline Green placed second in the small coed category with 200 points, behind Kentwood Silver, which scored 219 points.
In the nontumbling category, Skyline Silver scored 185 points, enough for second. Meadowdale won by just five points in that category.
Forty-nine schools from the state competed Jan. 23.
Skyline’s small coed team is going to the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12-16.
Registration begins for Mountains to Sound
Registration began Feb. 1 for the 100-mile Mountains to Sound Relay. The event is scheduled for June 27.
Mountains to Sound Relay offers a 22-mile mountain bike ride on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail; a 50-mile road bike leg through the Snoqualmie Valley; a 12-mile kayak ride through the Sammamish Slough; a half marathon; and a 6-mile run that ends at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle.
Teams and individuals interested in participating in the relay can go to www.mountainstosound.com.
The greenway event, run by CityLeague Sports, has contributed more than $40,000 and raised awareness to support the Mountains to Sound Greenway, the spectacular area that connects Seattle and Central Washington.