Issaquah swimmers tune up for state with district title

November 8, 2011

By Bob Taylor

The Skyline High School girls swimming team, possibly tuning up for a third state title in a row, captured the 4A District 2 Championship Nov. 5 at the Juanita High School Pool.

Skyline finished with 267 points to easily outdistance Newport, which was second with 199 points. Roosevelt was third with 159.5 points to just edge Issaquah, which took fourth with 157.

Katie Kinnear, of Skyline, had two first places and swam as a member of the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay team.

Kinnear won the 100-yard butterfly in a state-qualifying time of 54.79 seconds. She has won the event at state the past two years. The Skyline junior also captured the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 57.16.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay team of Sarah Elderkin, Andi Scarcello, Maria Volodkevich and Kinnear finished first in a state-qualifying time of 1:48.81. The Spartans actually swam the event faster than last year, when they won the 200 medley relay at state in 1:48.87.

Skyline had no other first places. However, the Spartans had several state-qualifying times.

Volodkevich was second in the 100 freestyle in 53.83 and fourth in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.76. Shanley Miller took third in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.95 and Stephanie Munoz was eighth in the same event in 2:14.34.

Meghan O’Keefe took fourth in the 100 butterfly in 58.79 and Munoz was fifth in 1:00.33. Yui Umezawa was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.16 and Scarcello was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.35.

Issaquah got a strong performance from Stacy Maier.

Maier won the 100 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 53.15. She was also second to Kinnear in the 100 backstroke in 58.3. In addition, Maier led off Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team that finished in a state-qualifying time of 1:41.51. Kayla Foremski, Gabrielle Gevers and Kayla Flaten were other members of the relay team.

Issaquah also took second in the 200 medley relay in a state-qualifying time of 1:52.72. Flaten, Kellie Langan, Gevers and Maier composed the relay.

Flaten had state-qualifying times in two other races. She finished second to Inglemoor’s Sage Speak in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.12. Flaten was third in the 100 freestyle in 54.34.

Briggs wins backstroke

Liberty freshman Mackenna Briggs won the 100 backstroke at the Sea-King District 3A championships Nov. 5 at Mercer Island’s Mary Wayte Pool.

Briggs won the race in a state-qualifying time of 59.94. She also finished third in the 200 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:09.52. Teammate Elise Tinseth was fourth in a state-qualifying time of 2:13.30.

Briggs and Tinseth swam as members of Liberty’s 400 freestyle relay team, which finished fifth in a state-qualifying time of 3:50.81. Caitlin Duffner and Cecilia Nelson were other members of the relay team.

Tinseth had a state-qualifying time of 1:09.19 in finishing third in the 100 breaststroke.

Liberty’s Christina Sargent was third in diving with 282.05 points.

The Patriots finished fifth in the team standings with 113 points.

Mercer Island won the team title with 336 points.

State meets begin Nov. 11

The girls swimming and diving state championships begin Nov. 11 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Class 3A prelims begin at 9:45 a.m. The Class 4A prelims are set for 2:30 p.m.

The championship finals are Nov. 12. The Class 3A state finals begin at 10 a.m. and the Class 4A finals at 2:30 p.m.

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