Liberty boys swimming team battles Mercer Island

December 7, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, 2011

For many years, when the Liberty High School boys swimming team met perennial power Mercer Island, the latter team yawned and used the meet almost like a warmup.

But that was not the case Tuesday when the Patriots grabbed first place in nine of 12 events and almost upset the defending 3A state champions. Mercer Island prevailed 95-90 but the Islanders got one tough battle from the Patriots in Boehm Pool.

Mercer Island’s depth was the difference in the meet. While Liberty grabbed the most first places, the Islanders captured the majority of the runnerup places.

Liberty had nine state-qualifying times in the meet. Senior Logan Briggs and freshman Nick Klatt each won two events in state-qualifying times.

Briggs captured the 50-yard freestyle in 22.40 seconds and won the 100 freestyle in 48.32. He also swam on two winning relays that had state-qualifying times. Klatt won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.75 and the 500 freestyle in 4:59.44. He also swam on a winning relay that had a state-qualifying time.

Luke Duschl, of Liberty, had two first places. He won the 100 individual medley in a state-qualifying time of 2:04.32 and captured the 100 backstroke in 57.98.

Liberty’s Raymond Ha won the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:01.90. He finished second in the 100 butterfly in 56.58, just missing the state standard of 56.0.

Kevin Hays, of Liberty, was second in the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:03.08.

Liberty showed Mercer Island it was for real by winning the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay. Duschl, Ha, Briggs and Hays composed the relay, which had a state-qualifying time of 1:41.76. It was a fast race as Mercer Island’s A and B teams finished second and third respectively with state-qualifying times.

The Patriots closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in a state-qualifying time of 3:22.50. Briggs, Connor Biehl, Klatt and Duschl composed the relay.

The loss evened Liberty’s KingCo Conference 3A/2A record at 1-1.

Issaquah boys basketball team wins league opener

The Issaquah High School boys basketball team opened its KingCo Conference 4A season Tuesday with a 62-43 victory against host Woodinville.

In other league action, it was Ballard 66, Eastlake 55; Bothell 83, Redmond 72; and Newport 53, Inglemoor 37.

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