Eagles’ swim team is eager to return to the pool after winter storms

January 24, 2012

By Bob Taylor

Issaquah High School boys swimming coach Laura Halter probably had the best idea about getting away from Old Man Winter. Halter and her family spent last weekend playing golf in Phoenix.

With the high school and the Julius Boehm Pool both shut down last week, Issaquah swimmers, like other winter sport athletes, were unable to get practice time.

“I can’t wait to get the team back in the pool and get things organized,” said Halter, who is preparing the Eagles for the Jan. 27 KingCo Conference Invitational at the University of Washington. The meet starts at 4 p.m. and is made up of swimmers from KingCo 4A, 3A and 2A schools.

Issaquah enters the meet with the state’s fastest 4A times in the 200-yard medley relay (1:41.14) and 400 freestyle relay (3:21.28). The Eagles are also second in the state in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.34).

Halter said the rankings are nice but might not be a true indication.

“My only concern is that not all coaches report their times,” Halter said. “When we get to the league and district meets I will know more. But what is great is that all three relays have qualified for state. If all three can get into the finals at state, you have a chance to really rack up points.”

The KingCo 4A meet is Feb. 3-4 and the district meet is Feb. 10-11. Both are at the University of Washington.

Issaquah’s last regular meet of the season against Garfield last week was postponed because of the adverse weather conditions. Halter said she is unsure whether the Eagles will make up the meet. For the season, Issaquah has an 8-1 record, the best Halter has had as Eagles coach. The lone loss was to Roosevelt, which won by capturing the 400 freestyle relay.

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