Issaquah dunks Liberty swimmers
January 14, 2014
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Setting the lineups for swim meets can be a lot like a game of chess for coaches.
Coaches need to anticipate what the opponent will do with his or her lineup, in order to attempt to schedule the best race possible.
Never is that more evident than with Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter and Liberty High School coach Kris Daughters, who are rivals on the pool deck, but best friends away from it.
They took a bit of a different approach in their Jan. 9 meeting, though, letting their swimmers compete in races they normally don’t.
“There could’ve been some really, really fast matchups, which didn’t happen because Kris and I didn’t plan it perfectly, but there were still some really good races out there,” Halter said.
Halter’s Eagles emerged from the meet victorious, with a convincing 116-69 win against the Patriots.
Senior Keith Nussbaum and sophomore Jason Klein starred for Issaquah, each earning two individual wins.
Nussbaum placed first in the 200 individual medley with a district-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 6.71 seconds. He also won the 500 freestyle in 5:10.65, defeating his teammate Jonathan Williams by more than 30 seconds.
“Keith had a really good day,” Halter said. “I think he would’ve liked somebody to push him on the 500, but he still swam it very well.”
Liberty’s Nick Klatt, who took third place in the 500 at the 3A state championship last year, did not swim the event at the Issaquah meet. Daughters said she put her swimmers on their “off events,” after a competitive meet against Skyline earlier in the week.
“I decided I’d give them a break from their normal events and put them in events they haven’t swam in a year, and in some cases never swam before,” she said.
Klein earned a state-qualifying time in the 50 freestyle, winning in 22.66; and in what Halter called the best race of the day, he bested Klatt, a good friend of his, in the 100 butterfly.
“Nick Klatt and Jason Klein, they train together in the offseason, so that was a fun race,” she said.
Issaquah freshman Trey Gevers earned a score of 156.5 to win the boys 1-meter diving competition, just six weeks after he decided to give diving a try for the first time, while Eagles senior Nolan Wolgamott won the 100 backstroke in 1:06.73.
The Eagles also swept the meet’s relays, a key reason for their large margin of victory.
The team of Henry Pratt, Gabe Florsheim, Alex Sun and Klein won the 200 medley with a state-qualifying time of 1:43.19; Florsheim, Nussbaum, Pratt and Sun combined to win the 200 freestyle in 1:34.95; and Klein, Pratt, Sun and Nussbaum won the 400 freestyle in 3:32.06.
“My relays just looked cleaned up and solid. I was really pleased with them,” Halter said.
A pair of Liberty returning swimmers won the three other events. Senior Connor Biehl took first in the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, and Klatt won the 100 breaststroke.
Even though the Patriots fell short, Daughters said she saw a lot of improvement in her team’s performance.
“We had a lot of time drops and that’s kind of how you measure a successful meet in high school swimming,” she said.