Liberty swimmer sets two personal records at Sea-King district meet

February 16, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Austin Briggs, Liberty senior (left) and brother Logan, sophomore, talk about their school’s showing Feb. 13 at the 3A Sea-King District swim meet. By Greg Farrar

Sophomore Logan Briggs qualifies in seven events for state

Although Logan Briggs is just a sophomore at Liberty High School, he’s already making a splash in the world of high school swimming. He qualified in seven events for this year’s 3A state championship meet, and set personal and school records at the 3A Sea-King District meet Feb. 13 in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Liberty finished sixth in the team standings at the Sea-King District meet. The Patriots had 121 points. Mercer Island cruised to the team title, compiling 345.5 points. Lakeside, of Seattle, was second with 176.

In addition to setting these personal records, Briggs also helped set records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay this year. On both these relay teams, he swam with his older brother Austin Briggs, who is a senior, and Luke Duschl, who is also a sophomore.

“It’s not even state yet, so I’m excited about what I can do next weekend, and the whole team too,” Logan Briggs said after the Sea-King district championship meet. The state championship meet will be Feb. 19 and 20 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

While Logan Briggs cut one second from each of his personal records at the district championships, he finished third in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle.

“I was hoping for third,” Logan Briggs said about his performance in the 200-yard freestyle. “I knew that was the best I could do because Fisk and Hallowell are really good.”

Ian Fisk of Mercer Island High School and Ethan Hallowell of Eastside Catholic High School finished first and second in the event.

Liberty swimming head coach Kris Daughters said the 200 freestyle is a particularly tough event in 2010.

“That’s a pretty stacked event at state this year,” she said.

In the 500 freestyle, Logan Briggs faced tough competitors, including Chase Goulart of Mount Si High School, who took second place in the district championships.

Logan Briggs also swam in the 200 medley relay at the district championships, in which the team took second place, and he swam in the 400-yard freestyle relay, in which the team took sixth place.

Logan and Austin Briggs swam together on each team, and Austin Briggs said everyone seemed to be a bit tired from the preliminary heats the day before.

“We had a really good meet yesterday. Two of our relays broke team records,” Austin Briggs said after the finals. “Today I think people went a little bit slower in general.”

In the state championships next weekend, Logan Briggs will be joined by Austin Briggs as well as Duschl and fellow teammate Shunya Asano.

Daughters said she is excited for the championships.

“Every single year I’m amazed by the times we pull out at state,” she said.

Eagles place third, Palumbo qualifies

Issaquah took third place at the 4A Sea-King District meet at Juanita. The Eagles had 159 points. Inglemoor finished first with 274 points and Garfield was second with 234.

The Eagles had no individual champions, but did capture some solid performances.

Freshman Austin Melody was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute 3.96 seconds and fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:07.96. He also teamed with Gentry Gevers, Willy Matsuda and Brian Ruggles on the 200 medley relay, which took third in 1:46.03.

Matsuda, another promising freshman for Issaquah, placed second in the 100 butterfly in 56.67 and took fourth in the 100 backstroke in 59.05. He also swam on the Eagles’ 400 freestyle relay, which took fourth in 3:28.92. Ruggles, Jack Taylor and Skyler Kersten were other members of the relay.

The best swim of the day for a local swimmer came for Skyline’s Alex Palumbo, who placed third in the 500 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 4:52.49. He also took fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:52.38.

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