Liberty senior sets school record in the 50 freestyle

November 2, 2010

By Christopher Huber

When Liberty High School senior Nicole Lecoq hit the wall to finish third in the 50-yard freestyle race Oct. 30, she checked the time board. It read 25.1 seconds. Not a win, but good enough to beat her older sister’s school-record of 25.13 seconds.

Lecoq held the side of the wall and pumped her fist in celebration.

“She wanted that record,” Liberty coach Kris Daughters said.

The Liberty swim and dive team placed 13th at the KingCo Championships at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. Skyline finished in third place at the KingCo 3A and 4A meet and tallied 426 points. Newport won with 603 points, while Issaquah High placed fifth in the league after posting 286 points.

Minutes after the 50 free race, Lecoq was still visibly happy about her success. She now has bragging rights among the Lecoq family, as well as a third school record.

“In the last half, I just build it up. I was just like, ‘I really wanna get it,’” Lecoq said. “It’s overwhelming. I’m very excited. It’s the first time I’ve got a best time (in the 50 free) this season.”

Lecoq later took fourth place in KingCo in the 100-yard backstroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.06. And teammate Elise Tinseth placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 2:01.03, good enough to make the state meet.

“That was real close to a lifetime best,” Daughters said.

Skyline’s Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart, Nina Zook and Maria Volodkevich opened the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in a 4A state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 52.48 seconds. Issaquah’s relay team (Stacey Maier, Kayla Flaten, Kellie Langan and Marit Borth) took third with a time of 1:54.20.

Kinnear swam the 100-yard freestyle in 52.95 seconds in the KingCo prelims Oct. 29, qualifying for state. But, shaving just a half-second off of her time, she settled for a winning time of 52.41 seconds in the finals Oct. 30 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

“I’m happy with it,” Kinnear said. “I just wanted to win.”

In the 100-yard breaststroke race, Kinnear went head to head with former Eastlake teammate Kara Beauchamp and almost finished two-three. Kinnear finished second in a state-qualifying 1:09.5 and Beauchamp took fourth with a time of 1:11.07. Even while at another school, Kinnear still swims with her Eastlake counterparts on club teams, she said. She said she is happy overall with her first season at Skyline. She qualified for state in all of her freestyle events.

Skyline (Meghan O’Keefe, Zook, Stephanie Munoz and Kinnear) took fourth overall in the 400-yard freestyle relay finals, posting a state-qualifying time of 3:46.41.

Skyline’s Volodkevich qualified for state and finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.11). And sophomore Munoz swam the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.23 to place second. Ballard’s Annemarie Thayer took first, setting a KingCo meet record with a time of 1:55.00.

Maier placed fourth in the 50-free, right behind Lecoq, with a state time of 25.19 seconds. She also did well in the 500-yard freestyle race, taking fifth (5:23.99). Senior Sarah Elderkin finished sixth in the diving competition after tallying 301.45 points. Flaten made districts after swimming the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.40, good enough for sixth place. Borth placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle with a district-qualifying mark of 57.28 seconds.

The Eagles closed out the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, with a time of 3:49.19.

As the 2009 KingCo meet was one of the fastest coaches had seen, Issaquah coach Laura Halter said the 2010 meet was not as fast, but overall saw a higher level of swimming, due to 3A and 4A competing together.

“The KingCo meet oftentimes is highly competitive, like the caliber of a state meet,” Halter said. “I’m pleased with getting fifth.”

Skyline, Liberty and Issaquah swimmers will prepare for state Nov. 6 at their respective district meets. The 3A and 4A state meet is Nov. 12 and 13 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“It’s one of the first years for the state meet where there’s going to be quite a few wildcards,” Halter said.

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