Three district schools use friendly meet as tuneup

October 19, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Issaquah District girls swimming and diving teams get a chance to relax a bit this week.

The first Issaquah School District relays, set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Julius Boehm Pool, won’t have the intensity of the big KingCo Conference championships.

“This meet is just for fun,” Issaquah coach Laura Halter said. “I’m not sure we will even keep score.”

It will be the first time this fall that Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty will race against each other. Because Skyline and Issaquah compete in the 4A KingCo Conference, neither swam against Liberty, a member of the 3A/2A KingCo, in a dual meet this season.

“Because of the new schedule, we don’t get to swim against Liberty anymore,” Halter said. “But since a couple other school districts were having district meets, we thought it would be fun to have all the Issaquah district teams together for a meet. We all share the same pool during the season. It just made sense to have a meet together.”

This meet will be different because all of the races will be relays. This will also be the final tuneup for all three teams before the KingCo Championships, which are Oct. 29-30.

Issaquah finished the regular season as one of the hottest 4A KingCo teams. The Eagles won their last four meets, defeating Eastlake, Inglemoor, Garfield and Ballard.

“If you would have told me before the season we would beat all four of those teams I would have said, ‘No way,’” Halter said.

Issaquah defeated Ballard 97-89 Oct. 14.

Sophomore Kayla Flaten won two events and swam as a member of a winning 200 medley relay team. Flaten won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 4.15 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:34.89.

The 200 medley relay finished first in a state-qualifying time of 1:54.20. Joining Flaten on the relay team were Stacy Maier, Kellie Langan and Marit Borth.

Maier finished first in the 100 freestyle in 56.65.

Issaquah diver Jamie Elderkin also placed first with 175.95 points.

Skyline finished the dual-meet season unbeaten Oct. 12 with victories against Eastlake and Redmond. The Spartans defeated Eastlake 116-75 and beat Redmond 116-61.

Stephanie Munoz won two races for Skyline. She won the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.

Meghan O’Keefe captured the 500 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 5:12.43. She also swam as a member of two winning relay teams. Skyline’s 400 freestyle relay team had a state-qualifying time of 3:45.03. Joining O’Keefe on the relay team were Maria Volodkevich, Nina Zook and Katie Kinnear.

Skyline captured the 200 medley relay. Sarah Elderkin, Volodkevich and Kinnear joined O’Keefe on the relay team.

Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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