Spartans lose meet, gain state-qualifying times

January 20, 2015

The Skyline High School boys swimming and diving team missed out on a dual-meet victory against Redmond by the slimmest of margins.

However, the Spartans’ consolation prize might have been more valuable.

By Greg Farrar William O’Daffer, Skyline High School freshman, swims the breaststroke leg of his his 200-yard individual medley race, finishing second in a time of 2 minutes, 3.51 seconds, within 31-hundredths of getting a state berth.

By Greg Farrar
William O’Daffer, Skyline High School freshman, swims the breaststroke leg of his his 200-yard individual medley race, finishing second in a time of 2 minutes, 3.51 seconds, within 31-hundredths of getting a state berth.

The result of the Jan. 13 KingCo Conference dual at Redmond Pool hinged on the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, and the Mustangs edged the Spartans for first place by 12 one-hundredths of a second, giving them the points they needed for a 95-90 victory. Read more

Eagles learn from loss as tuneup for rival Knights

January 20, 2015

The Issaquah boys swim and dive team may have lost their dual meet Jan. 15 to Bellevue, but head coach Laura Halter still sees the results in a positive light.

By Greg Farrar Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

By Greg Farrar
Brandon Leu, Issaquah High School freshman, races to a second place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute, 49.58 seconds against Bellevue Jan. 15 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

“Bellevue is one of the top teams in KingCo 3A and doesn’t count toward the standing,” she said of the 4A Eagles. “But they are good competition for us. I think they’ll be one of the top contenders at 3A.” Read more

Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Issaquah sinks Skyline swimmers at Mercer Island

December 16, 2014

In a meet featuring two teams of equal skill levels, the Issaquah Eagles boys swim team had a little more fuel in its tank than the Skyline Spartans.

By Greg Farrar Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

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Henry Pratt, Issaquah High School senior, touches the bulkhead in the turn on the first lap of his winning 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1 minute, 6.10 seconds, against Skyline Dec. 11 at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island.

Issaquah won all three relay events, propelling itself to a 96-87 victory over Class 4A KingCo Conference rival Skyline in a Dec. 11 dual meet at Mary Wayte Pool in Mercer Island.

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Liberty athletes make all-conference team

December 9, 2014

KingCo 2A/3A Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2014 fall season.

Listed below are some of the selections from Liberty High School. Read more

Signs of future times

November 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins Athlete of the Week

November 26, 2014

After finishing her high-school swimming career on the highest of notes, Liberty High School senior Mackenna Briggs was named a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week.

Mackenna Briggs

Mackenna Briggs

Briggs swept the 50 free in 23.78 seconds and the 100 fly in a meet record 55.65 to lead the Patriots to their first 2A state team title with a record 348 points Nov. 15.

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Patriot powerhouse — Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title

November 18, 2014

Skyline’s Kathy Lin/relays medal and Issaquah’s Jenifer Matsuda picks up two

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.

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Skyline swimmers succeed

October 14, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Chase Raines, Skyline High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard backstroke to a winning time of 1 minute, 5.29 seconds during the Spartans’ Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Raines also prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:07.34 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Chase Raines, Skyline High School sophomore, swims the 100-yard backstroke to a winning time of 1 minute, 5.29 seconds during the Spartans’ Oct. 9 girls swim and dive meet against Interlake and Mount Si. Raines also prevailed in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:07.34 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Madison Cooley, Skyline High School junior, wins the 500-yard freestyle race in a time of 6 minutes, 33.59 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Madison Cooley, Skyline High School junior, wins the 500-yard freestyle race in a time of 6 minutes, 33.59 seconds to help Skyline win the meet.

Kathy Lin, Skyline High School junior, wins the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.15 second.

Kathy Lin, Skyline High School junior, wins the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.15 second.

Charis Kim, Skyline High School freshman, wins the 100-yard freestyle race in a time of 1 minute, 0.91 seconds.

Charis Kim, Skyline High School freshman, wins the 100-yard freestyle race in a time of 1 minute, 0.91 seconds.

Perfect in the pool

October 7, 2014

Liberty swim team defeats Issaquah in historic win

There is something special brewing in the waters of the Julius Boehm Pool, where the Liberty High School girls swim team practices and competes.

By Greg Farrar Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

The 2A school is turning heads across the league, defeating schools much larger, on the way to an undefeated meet record more than halfway through the season.

Liberty defeated 4A schools Newport and Skyline; and on Oct. 2, the Patriots made history, defeating Issaquah for the first time ever.

“We’re a 2A team this year and we beat 4A teams,” Liberty senior captain Mackenna Briggs said. “It’s something that we couldn’t have envisioned and now that we’re doing it, we’re all really, really proud.”

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