Liberty uses strong performances to take seventh at 3A state

February 22, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

Logan Briggs places second in 200 freestyle, third in 500 freestyle

Logan Briggs, Liberty junior, stands on the podium after winning third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.88 at the state 3A swimming championships. By Tim Pfarr

Liberty High School took seventh place at the state swimming championship meet Feb. 19 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, thanks to strong performances by Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl, Kevin Hays and Tyler Larson.

“We were seventh in 2006, and that was a really, really good year for us,” Liberty head coach Kris Daughters said. “To get seventh again is pretty cool.”

However, the Liberty crew was missing breaststroke specialist Raymond Ha, who was out with the flu. Ha was slated to be on Liberty’s relay teams.

Briggs, a junior, led the team at the meet, taking second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 41.99 seconds. The only swimmer to clock in with a faster time was Eastside Catholic High School’s Ethan Hallowell, who set a new meet record in the event with an all-America time of 1:38.18.

Briggs later took third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.88.

“I made best times in everything, and I was really happy about that,” Briggs said.

Duschl, also a junior, took sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.10, and eighth in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 2:01.71. The former time was a new personal best.

“One of the guys touched me and I got messed up, but it was a best time,” Duschl said. “That’s all I was going for. I was just trying to have fun.”

Liberty’s relay teams also advanced to the finals in the 200-yard medley relay — taking fifth with a time of 1:41.59 — and the 400-yard freestyle relay — taking seventh with a time of 3:22.33.

Briggs, Duschl, junior Kevin Hays and senior Tyler Larson made up both relay teams.

“Everybody did really well. Especially Tyler Larson,” Briggs said.

Larson took Ha’s spot on the relay teams, and he proved himself by knocking two seconds off his personal best on his leg of the 400-yard freestyle.

“He stepped up big time,” Daughters said. “I give him a lot of credit.”

Larson is the only outgoing member of the team.

“I feel like we’re going to be up with these guys that were top in the 400-freestyle relay next year,” Daughters said, adding that a fast freshman from the Issaquah Swim Team will likely be joining next year as well. “Next year will probably be the pinnacle of Liberty swimming for my entire career.”

Briggs also said he is looking forward to next year, and hopefully taking home a state championship of his own before graduating.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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