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.

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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.

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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.

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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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City hosts swim meet

March 18, 2014

The city of Issaquah will host its first All-Comers Swim Meet March 21.

The meet is for all levels of swimmers ages 6 and older. All swimmers must be able to pass a deep-end swim test and be comfortable in deep water to participate.

The event is focused on fun and getting unofficial times for swim-team based events. All participants will receive ribbons; and the winner of each heat will receive a first-place medal.

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Spirit of an Eagle

February 11, 2014

Autistic swimmer inspires teammates

By Greg Farrar Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

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Trevor VanOrman, Issaquah High School sophomore, springs from the starting block for the second lap of his four-man team’s 200-yard freestyle relay race in January against Liberty High School at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Trevor VanOrman is arguably one of the most dedicated members of the Issaquah High School swim team.

He’s not on varsity, but that doesn’t stop him from watching hours of video every day. Nor does it or make him any less enthusiastic when he hits the pool.

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Duel meet two-fer

January 28, 2014

Keith and Ben Nussbaum don’t usually swim against each other in high school meets, but an exception was made Jan. 23, when the Issaquah High School seniors competed for the final time at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Even though Keith got the best of Ben in their sibling rivalry, winning two individual events and beating his brother head-to-head in the 500-yard freestyle, the duo helped Issaquah topple the Skyline, 116-69, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference dual meet.

By Greg Farrar Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

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Paul Jett (left), Skyline High School senior, is one stroke ahead of Issaquah High School senior Ben Nussbaum at the end of their 200-yard individual medley race Jan. 23 at the Julius Boehm Pool. Jett qualified for the KingCo championships in a time of 2 minutes, 2.07 seconds.

“We usually never race in the same events for high school, so it was really interesting to finally race him in my last home meet of my high school career,” Keith said. “And it felt good to beat him for once.”

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