Parade of swimmers head to medal podium

August 9, 2011

By Staff

Several members of the Issaquah Swim Team wrapped up their summer season with spectacular performances at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships July 28-31 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Among the highlights was a record-setting effort by the Issaquah Swim Team 11-12 boys 200 medley relay. The team of Ryan Kinnear, Ivan Graham, Jacob Leahy and Brandon Leu finished first in 2 minutes, 8.4 seconds. The time was also the fifth fastest in the nation this year. The four swimmers also won three other relays in their age division.

Kinnear, whose sister Katie captured three 4A state titles for Skyline High School last winter, showed he is a force in the pool, too. He was the big winner for the Issaquah Swim Team with seven first places. Kinnear won three individual races and swam on four winning relays. His first-places came in the 200 individual medley (2:32.02), 400 individual medley (5:28.07) and 200 backstroke (2:29.00).

In addition, Kinnear had second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle (1:03.05), 50 backstroke (32.83) and 100 backstroke (1:10.28). He also had third-places in the 50 butterfly (30.62) and the 100 butterfly (1:08.35).

Leahy took first in the 50 butterfly (29.76) and the 100 butterfly (1:07.11). He was also second in the 50 freestyle (28.75) and had thirds in the 100 backstroke (1:12.33) and the 200 individual medley (2:36.08).

Graham took second in the 200 butterfly (2:33.60), 200 individual medley (2:35.12) and 400 individual medley (5:32.37). He was also third in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.22) and in the 200 breaststroke (2:52.15).

Leu took second in the 800 freestyle (10:40.24).

Kinnear, Leu, Graham and Leahy finished first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:57.65). They took the 400 freestyle relay (4:20.52) and the 400 medley relay (4:47.56).

No other Issaquah Swim Team boy had a first place. However, Matthew Leahy, in the 10 & under division, took second in four races and also swam as a member of a relay team that took second.

Leahy was second in the 100 backstroke (1:21.89), 50 butterfly (35.79), 100 butterfly (1:22.79), and 200 individual medley (2:52.92). He also took third in the 50 backstroke (38.72).

Leahy swam as a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second (2:16.13). Kyle Falkner, Gavyn Brayman and Andres Gonzalez were other members of the relay. The same foursome placed third in the 200 medley relay (2:38.73).

Gonzalez took second in the 50 freestyle (32.72).

In the boys 13-14 division, Nick Klatt was second in the 800 freestyle (9:09.91) and third in the 1,500 freestyle (17:34.18).

Skyline graduate Alex Palumbo, who swims for the Bellevue Club, had a second in the 800 freestyle (8:41.54), and had thirds in the 400 freestyle (4:11.73) and in the 1,500 freestyle (16:43.48).

Logan Briggs, of the Issaquah Swim Team and Liberty High School, was third in the 800 freestyle (8:48.12).

In the girls 13-14 competition, Mackenna Briggs, of the Issaquah Swim Team, won the 50 freestyle (27.87). She also had second places in the 100 freestyle (1:01.23), 200 butterfly (2:27.33) and the 400 individual medley (5:12.57). Briggs took third in the 100 butterfly (1:05.48) and third in the 200 individual medley (2:25.55).

The Issaquah Swim Team girls’ 10-and-under 200 freestyle relay team finished first (2:14.35). Stephanie Young, Natalie Sun, Emily Sur and Grace Luehmann made up the team.

Young also placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:21.35), and had third places in the 200 freestyle (2:31.23) and in the 50 backstroke (37.14). She also led off the 200 medley relay team that finished second (2:33.04). Danika Himes, Belle Battistoni and Luehmann were other members of the relay.

In the girls 15 and over division, Skyline High School graduate Danielle Palumbo, who swims for the Bellevue Club, was first in the 200 backstroke (2:20.68) and second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.91).

Palumbo also helped the Bellevue Club win the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. Meghan O’Keefe, a Skyline student who competes for the Bellevue Club, was also on the 400 medley relay team.

The Issaquah Swim Team 400 freestyle relay team of Kayla Flaten, Stephanie Munoz, Katie Kinnear and Nicole Lecoq took second (4:03.16). The 200 medley relay team of Yui Umezawa, Flaten, Kinnear and Lecoq also took second (2:03.01).

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