Spartans sink Wolves in girls swim meet

September 20, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Andi Scarcello takes latest round in rivalry against Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp

Skyline High School’s Andi Scarcello and Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp got their 2011 100-yard breaststroke racing off to a competitive start Sept. 13 at Redmond Pool.

Both girls, who have swam together on club teams since age 8, made their 50-yard turn simultaneously and held the pace all the way through. But in the final meter, Scarcello pulled off a Michael Phelps-like stretch in place of an extra stroke that helped her inch past Beauchamp.

“I was not expecting to do well,” said Scarcello, who took a year off from club swimming before this season. “I just wanted to have a good race with Kara. Usually, she’s always the one to beat me.”

The decision wasn’t a game-changer by any means, but Scarcello’s win provided some extra excitement for her watching teammates and may have set the pace for the event among KingCo Conference swimmers this fall.

In the end, the Spartans out-swam the Wolves, 131-55, in the second meet of the new season.

“It felt good. It was fun to race Andi again,” Beauchamp said after the meet. “I could have started out a little faster.”

Skyline brings back all but one member of last year’s 4A state championship team — 2011 graduate Nina Zook. With 86 swimmers and divers on the roster, it also looks as deep as the 2010 team that dominated the competition at all levels. The Spartans look especially capable in the relay events, head coach Susan Simpkins said.

“We’re as strong as ever,” she said. “Fortunately, we have a really good group of captains.”

Katie Kinnear, who competes internationally, will team up with Delaney Boyer, Lindsey Lee and Jessie Dart as Skyline’s captains.

Among the team’s top swimmers will be Kinnear, the 2010 state champ in the 50-free, 100-butterfly, the 200-medley relay and the 400-freestyle relay. Seniors Dart and Meghan O’Keefe, juniors Maria Volodkevich, Scarcello, Sarah Elderkin and Shanley Miller, and sophomores Stephanie Muñoz and Yui Umezawa were all state qualifiers and will do some damage in the pool for Skyline. The team’s 200-medley relay and 400-freestyle relays look to be Skyline’s fastest events.

Against Eastlake, Skyline took first in 11 of 12 swimming events. It won the 200-medley relay (1 minute, 57.42 seconds), the 200-freestyle relay (1:50.74), and the 400-freestyle relay (3:55.29). Munoz won the 200 IM in 2:22.27 and the 100-freestyle in 1:00.36. Courtney Lo took first in the 100 IM with a time of 1:15.02 and Kinnear won the 50-freestyle event in 24.98, 1.19 seconds slower than her state-winning time last year.

Kinnear also won the 100-backstroke with a time of 59.94 seconds. Teammate O’Keefe won two events as well. She swam the 100-butterfly in 59.54 seconds and the 500-freestyle in 5:27.94. Elderkin earned the top score in the diving competition, tallying a 152.05.

Beauchamp took first place in the 200-freestyle event, finishing in 2:02.56.

Eagles nipped by Inglemoor

Inglemoor won the 400 freestyle relay, the final race of the meet Sept. 15, to overcome Issaquah, 96-90, in an exciting KingCo meet.

Issaquah’s Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten each won two events and swam as members of the winning 200 medley relay team.

Maier won the 100 freestyle in 55.15 and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.95. Flaten captured the 200 individual medley in 2:18.03 and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.50. The 200 medley relay team finished first in 1:56.21. Kellie Langan and Gabrielle Gevers were other members of the relay team.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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