Katie Kinnear helps Issaquah dominate Senior Seattle Open

July 26, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Skyline High School’s Katie Kinnear, who swims for the Issaquah Swim Team throughout the year, looks like she is headed for another successful high-school season this fall.

Kinnear, who won two events and sparked Skyline to the girls 4A state title last fall, had a dominating performance at the Senior Seattle Open July 7-9 at Seattle’s Colman Pool. In fact, she is one of many Issaquah Swim Team members who have had spectacular performances in recent weeks.

At the Senior Seattle Open, Kinnear finished first in three individual events and swam as a member of two winning relay teams. She won the 100-meter freestyle in 1 minute, .32 seconds, captured the 400 individual medley in 5:13.07 and took the 1,500 freestyle in 18:20.59. Kinnear also placed third in the 400 freestyle in 4:42.53.

The Issaquah Swim Team’s 200 freestyle relay team of Kara Beauchamp, Kinnear, Kayla Flaten and Nicole Lecoq finished first in 1:58.78. Lecoq, Flaten, Kinnear and Beauchamp composed the winning 200 medley relay team, clocked at 2:13.39.

In addition, the Issaquah Swim Team had three other second-place relay teams. The 400 freestyle relay team of Maria Volodkevich, Kinnear, Flaten and Lecoq came in at 4:15.16. Sarah Elderkin, Beauchamp, Kinnear and Flaten made up the 400 medley relay team, which came in at 4:45.72. The 800 freestyle relay of Kinnear, Lecoq, Beauchamp and Flaten finished in 9:18.14.

Skyline graduate Danielle Palumbo, who competes for Washington State University but also swims for the Bellevue Club, finished first in the 200 backstroke in 2:27.19 and finished third in the 200 individual medley in 2:36.71.

Beauchamp finished second in the 200 butterfly in 2:31.01 and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.18.

In the men’s competition, Liberty High’s Logan Briggs, who swims for the Issaquah Swim Team, won the 1,500 freestyle in 17:26.10 and placed second in the 200 individual medley in 2:21.00. In addition, Briggs swam as a member of two second-place relay teams.

Paul Jett, Briggs, Ben Allen and Michael Cox made up the 400 freestyle relay team, which took second in 3:56.25. The 800 freestyle relay of Allen, Briggs, Jett and Cox took second in 8:48.98.

The 200 medley relay of Briggs, Kevin Hays, Cox and Allen took third in 2:03.08.

Skyline graduate Alex Palumbo, who competes for Arizona State but also swims for the Bellevue Club, finished second in the 800 freestyle in 9:10.66.

IST swimmers sparkle at Seattle Open

Several Issaquah Swim Team members had strong performances at the Washington Games Age Group Seattle Open July 15-17 at Colman Pool.

In the girls 8 and under division, Belle Battistoni took first place in the 50-meter freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, and 50 butterfly. She also swam on the first-place Issaquah Swim Team 10-and-under 200 medley relay.

Stephanie Young and Danika Himes, who also swam on the 10-and-under 200 medley relay, had first places. Young captured the 100 breaststroke and Himes took the 50 breaststroke.

Young also swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay with Lauren Sayles, Natalie Sun and Emily Sur.

In the girls 13-14 division, Mackenna Briggs won the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and 200 individual medley. Linnea Uyeno, an Issaquah resident who swims for the Bellevue Club, won the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke.

In the girls 15-and-over division, Yui Umezawa took first place in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. Anna-Linnea Johansson was first in the 200 freestyle and first in the 200 butterfly.

In the boys 9-10 division, Brandon Yue was first in the 50 breaststroke.

Matthew Leahy had four first places in the boys 10-and-under division. He won the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 individual medley. He also swam on the winning 200 medley relay with Yue, Andres Gonzalez and Gavyn Brayman. Yue, Brayman, Kyle Falkner and Gonzalez composed the winning 400 freestyle relay.

In the boys 11-12 division, Ryan Kinnear won the 400 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. He also swam on the winning 400 medley relay with Ivan Graham, Jacob Leahy and Brandon Leu.

Nolan Hoover and Nick Klatt each won two events in the boys 13-14 division. Hoover captured the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Klatt took the 400 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Other first places came from Xavier Graham (100 breaststroke), Ben Nussbaum (200 breaststroke), Elliot Schwinn (200 butterfly) and Jackson Berman (400 individual medley).

In the boys 15 and over division, Connor Biehl won the 400 individual medley.

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