Super sophomore Logan Briggs has busy state meet

February 23, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Luke Duschl (bottom), Liberty sophomore, finishes the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay consolation heat final, as Austin Briggs (left) and brother Logan wait to swim their legs. By Greg Farrar

There weren’t many swimmers busier than Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the final day, Briggs competed in five events. He didn’t come in first, but did grab a third place in the 500-yard freestyle to cap a super sophomore season.

The Liberty team placed 10th with 89 points. The KingCo Conference had three teams crack the top 10. Mercer Island won the 3A state title with 396 points; Bellevue was second with 188.

Briggs swam the 500 freestyle in 4 minutes, 44.17 seconds. He just topped Chase Goulart, of Mount Si, who was fourth in 4:44.41. Andre McCarthy, of Bainbridge, was first in 4:38.71 and Steve Sholdra, of Renton, was second in 4:42.06.

Briggs also placed sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.96, and 16th in the 200 individual medley in 23.16. He anchored the 200 medley relay team, which finished ninth overall when it won the B final in 1:43.68. Luke Duschl, Shunya Asano and Austin Briggs were other members of the relay team.

The Patriots’ 400 freestyle relay team of Logan Briggs, Kevin Hays, Austin Briggs and Duschl was 10th, taking second in the B final in 3:23.00.

Asano placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.58, and Duschl was ninth overall in the 100 backstroke in 54.87. Michael Rochford, of Seattle Prep who trains with the Issaquah Swim Team, was second in the 100 backstroke in 52.26.

Eastside Catholic’s Ethan Hallowell was the star of the 3A state meet, winning two events in automatic All-America times. Hallowell won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.48 and the 100 freestyle in 45.67.

Goulart, Mount Si’s only swimmer who trains with the Issaquah Swim Team and the Issaquah High team, won the 200 individual medley in 1:56.49. He is believed to be the first state swimming champion ever from Mount Si, which does not have a boys swim team.

“I think Chase was really pleased with winning the 200 IM,” said Issaquah High coach Laura Halter, who was equally pleased with Goulart’s performance.

“He has trained and trained real hard to get here,” she said.

As a one-man team, Goulart finished 18th in the team standings with 35 points.

In the 4A state meet, Skyline finished 30th with 10 points. Senior Alex Palumbo, of Skyline, was 10th in the 500 freestyle in 4:50.75. He also placed 14th in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.59.

Issaquah, which had a young team this season, was 38th with four points.

“We have a group of freshmen and sophomores who now have the experience of having been to state,” Halter said. “Hopefully, they will want to get to state year after year.”

Issaquah’s Willie Matsuda was 14th in the 100 butterfly in 55.78 and diver Brandon Pomeroy placed 16th with 273.35 points.

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