Kinnear’s four wins leads Skyline to swim title

November 9, 2010

By Matt Massey

Although Skyline High School swimmer Katie Kinnear didn’t meet her own strict standards for success, it was far from a lost weekend.

Kinnear, a junior transfer from Eastlake who won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley at last year’s Class 4A state championships, would have liked to have gone faster Nov. 6 in preparation for this week’s state meet.

Still, Kinnear was plenty fast enough for her competition.

Kinnear factored into four victories, including breaking her own meet record in 23.16 seconds in the 50 freestyle, to lead Skyline to the team title at the 4A Sea-King District meet at Husky Pool.

“Honestly, I was hoping to be a little faster, because I’ve been fast this season already, like in the middle of the season,” said Kinnear, whose family moved from the Eastlake service area to Skyline before her junior season. “I’m a little disappointed, but how I do at state is all that matters.”

The Spartans standout assured her team of the top spot at meet with a torrid, come-from-behind effort in the 400 free relay in a personal-best 51.2 seconds for her leg. The Spartans finished in 3:38.56.

To kick off the day, Kinnear swam a personal-best 26.41 on the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay as the Spartans won in 1:50.63. She also took first place in the 100 butterfly in an automatic All-American time of 55.33.

The Spartans, who needed a strong finish in the 400 free relay to secure the team crown, trailed Ballard and Newport until Kinnear’s explosive final kick.

“I’m not sure how the points laid out, but it was going to be super close,” said Kinnear, whose Skyline squad won the team race 257-230.5 over Newport, thanks to the relay.

“I knew we seeded six seconds ahead, so we thought it would be pretty easy to win. When I saw how close it was, I knew I had to step it up and do a really good split and help our team out,” she said.

Issaquah finished third at district with 129 points. Sophomore Stacy Maier won the 100 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 53.77. The Eagles finished fourth in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, but had state-qualifying times in each race.

Skyline, which won the Class 4A team title in 2009, goes for a repeat this week. The meet, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, begins Nov. 11. The finals are Nov. 13.

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