Eagles girls swim coach is pleased with win, loss

October 4, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Stacy Maier, Issaquah High School junior, swims the butterfly leg of her winning and state-qualifying 200-yard individual medley race. Her time was 2:14.98. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School girls swimming coach Laura Halter received a pair of pleasant surprises from her team last week.

In a Sept. 27 KingCo Conference 4A meet against Eastlake at the Julius Boehm Pool, the Eagles won in surprising ease, 110-76.

Then, on Sept. 29, Issaquah lost, 100-86, to defending state champion Skyline at Boehm Pool. Halter was actually elated by the 14-point loss to the talented and deep Skyline team.

“If anyone had told us before the meet we would come within 14 points of Skyline, I think most of our team would have laughed,” Halter said. “After the meet, I told our team how proud of them I was of them. We had a lot of kids who had great swims. Usually when we go up against Skyline, it is a beating. This year, it was fun.”

Issaquah had five state-qualifying times against Skyline. Juniors Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten each qualified for state in two events.

Maier won the 200-yard individual medley with a state-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 14.98 seconds and also took the 100 backstroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.94.

Flaten won the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:10.13, and captured the 100 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 54.89.

Maier and Flaten also swam as members of Issaquah’s winning 200 medley relay team, which finished first with a state-qualifying time of 1:54.85. Kellie Langan and Gabrielle Gevers rounded out the relay team for Issaquah.

“One of our main goals has been to get the 200 medley relay qualified for state,” Halter said. “We did that. Now we want to get the 200 freestyle relay to state.”

Issaquah came close to meeting the state standard (1:43.90) for the 200 freestyle relay, finishing first in 1:45.15. Maier, Gevers, Kayla Foremski and Flaten made up the relay team.

Issaquah’s other first place in the meet came from Gevers, an improving sophomore. Gevers won the 50 freestyle in 26.51.

“She’s really a good athlete. She took up track in the spring and did well. She has done real well on our swimming team, too,” Halter said.

Foremski, in addition to swimming on the 200 freestyle relay, also had a third place in the 100 freestyle. She has been the ideal team member for the Eagles.

“She will swim anything. She just comes up before a meet and says, ‘Sign me up, coach.’ It is great to have that kind of versatility,” Halter said.

The loss dropped Issaquah’s record to 4-3. However, Halter was not disappointed with the defeat.

“It was a good day for the girls. I put them in events where it really mattered, in races where I felt they could step up. Everyone did. Skyline just had too much depth, but our depth held up better than expected,” Halter said.

For Skyline, junior Maria Volodkevich won two events and anchored a first-place relay team.

Volodkevich won the 200 freestyle in 2:01.02 and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.41. She anchored Skyline’s 400 freestyle relay team, which finished first in 3:57.97. Stephanie Munoz, Sarah Elderkin and Yui Umezawa were other members of the relay team.

Skyline also got a first place from Andi Scarcello, who won the 500 freestyle in 5:54.08.

Two days before the Skyline meet, Issaquah cruised by Eastlake.

“I thought the teams would be evenly matched, that it would be a tight meet,” Halter said. “The lineup we chose worked just perfect.”

Maier and Flaten again had a big meet as they won two events and swam as members of two victorious relays.

Maier had a state-qualifying time in winning the 100 backstroke in 1:01.34. She also won the 200 individual medley in 2:16.65.

Flaten captured the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:09.70 and captured the 50 freestyle in 25.86. She just missed the state standard in the 50 freestyle (25.86).

Maier, Flaten, Langan and Gevers made up the Eagles’ winning 200 medley relay team, which finished first in 1:58.15. The Eagles’ winning 200 freestyle relay team — Maier, Foremski, Gevers and Flaten — took first in 1:46.18.

Liberty swimmers get first win

Mackenna Briggs, Elise Tinseth and Cecilia Nelson each won two events and swam as members of winning relay teams Sept. 27 as they sparked Liberty to a 103-82 KingCo Conference 3A/2A victory against host Juanita at the Juanita High School pool.

The victory was the first of the season for Liberty.

Briggs won the 200 individual medley in 2:31.6 and captured the 500 freestyle in 5:22.41.

Tinseth captured the 100 freestyle in 58.97 and took the 100 backstroke in 1:06.61. Nelson won the 50 freestyle in 28.01 and the 100 butterfly in 1:10.11.

Briggs, Tinseth, Nelson and Caitlin Duffner made up Liberty’s winning 200 medley relay team as well as the winning 400 freestyle relay. The 200 medley relay team finished first in 2:02.46. The 400 freestyle relay team was first in 4:03.59.

The Patriots had nine first places Sept. 29 but did not have quite enough depth as they lost to host Lake Washington, 94-89.

Briggs won the 200 freestyle in 1:59.40 and took the 100 backstroke in 1:02.20. Tinseth captured the 50 freestyle in 26.93 and the won the 500 freestyle in 5:29.10.

In addition, Tinseth swam as a member of two winning relay teams. She was a member of the first-place 200 medley relay team, which won in 2:05.84. Cecilia Nelson, Duffner and Katie Nelson were other members of the relay team.

Duffner, Katie Nelson and Briggs joined Tinseth on the winning 400 freestyle relay team, which posted a first-place time of 4:03.37.

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