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.
Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.
October 14, 2014
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.
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.”
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.
February 11, 2014
Autistic swimmer inspires teammates
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.
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.
“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.”
January 14, 2014
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.
January 7, 2014
Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage
Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.
Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.
December 31, 2013
Issaquah athletes take top state honors
It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.
Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.
December 17, 2013
For Skyline High School to earn a pair of victories in KingCo Conference action last week, the Spartans needed help from their seniors, but also from their freshmen and sophomores.
Skyline got first-place times from seniors Paul Jett and Nick D’Alo, and key contributions from underclassmen Nick Nava, Jacob Leahy and Ryan Kinnear to defeat Eastlake (94-91) and Redmond (103-77) in boys swimming and diving action Dec. 10 at Redmond Pool.
Jett qualified for the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle at last season’s Class 4A state championships, but he showed last week that he’s skilled in multiple strokes.