Spartans relay swimming prowess into state title

November 13, 2012

Kristaley Umezawa (left), Skyline High School junior, and Issaquah High School senior Stacy Maier start side by side for the 200-yard medley relay final during the state 4A swim championship Nov. 10 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Skyline, Issaquah, Liberty rank among state’s top 10 finishers

When Skyline High School’s Maria Volodkevich marched out to the poolside for the state championships Nov. 10 the words “just race” were scrawled across her palm.

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Issaquah Eagles prove superiority in pool against Liberty Patriots

October 16, 2012

Seniors on the Issaquah High School swim team celebrate the end of their regular season Oct. 11. By Greg Farrar

It was senior night for the Issaquah High School girls swim team and seniors Kayla Flaten and Stacy Maier continued their strong seasons as the two led the Eagles to a 117-68 win against Liberty on Oct. 11.

The team held a reception for the seniors after the meet and each Issaquah senior received a bouquet of flowers.

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Mercer Island High School swimmers sink Skyline, 112-74

October 16, 2012

Andi Scarcello, Skyline High School senior, pushes off the bulkhead at the final turn of her winning 100-yard breaststroke race Oct. 9 against Mercer Island in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 9.9 seconds. By Greg Farrar

The water at the Julius Boehm Pool bubbled and convulsed Oct. 9 when defending 4A state high school champions, the Skyline Spartans, took on defending 3A state champions, the Mercer Island Islanders. In the end, the Islanders came out on top, defeating the Spartans, 112-74.

“We had a pretty good idea coming into the meet that we had a big chance of losing, but it is such a great time to push ourselves, and it’s good practice,” Skyline senior co-captain Andi Scarcello said. “We knew they have a lot of depth on their team, a lot of fast swimmers … We lost some of our depth last year, too, so we are fighting hard.”

The 100-yard breaststroke started out as a fight for Scarcello as she and the two Mercer Island swimmers on either side of her emerged for their first breath in a three-way tie. By the second turn, she had began building a thin lead, inch by inch ahead of the Islanders. With more than her body length between them, Scarcello finished the race with a two-second lead to take first place.

Her time of 1 minute, 9.9 seconds was faster than the state championship qualifying time, but half a second slower than her season best of 1:09.44, which already secured her a spot at the state tournament.

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Liberty High School swimmers fall to Hazen team

September 18, 2012

Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School sophomore, swims way ahead of the field Sept. 13 to win the 500 freestyle against Hazen in a time of 5 minutes, 27.69 seconds. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls swim team lost to Hazen, 99-86, Sept. 13 in a nonconference meet.

Liberty sophomore Mackenna Briggs won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.76 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:27.69.

Sophomore Cecilia Nelson won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.62.

Freshman Ellie Hohensinner captured the 100 butterfly in 1:06.02.

Sophomore Christina Sargent took first place in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 147.

The Liberty girls also took first place in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:55.49. The team featured Briggs, Nelson, Hohensinner and freshman Lauryn Hepp.

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Issaquah High School swimmer crosses Lake Washington for charity

September 4, 2012

Gabrielle Gevers, of Issaquah, recently completed the PSBC Swim for Life, a swim across Lake Washington.

The annual event attracts adventure athletes who are daring and fit enough to brave a 2 ½-mile paddle through the icy, dark waters of Lake Washington, and who are also raising money to help in the fight against leukemia and other life threatening diseases that require blood donations. The Swim for Life is a fundraiser for the Puget Sound Blood Center.

“It was the longest distance I have ever swum,” Gevers said. “I am a sprinter, so 2 ½ miles is really something for me. My dad and I swam it together, and my mom and brother Gentry kayaked with us as my support team.

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Spartans to represent Northwest at Olympic swimming trials

June 26, 2012

Andie Taylor

For a school that opened a mere 15 years ago, the fact that Skyline High School has produced two potential Olympic athletes is nothing short of phenomenal. In fact, Katie Kinnear and Andie Taylor’s former coach was at a loss words.

“It’s just kind of unbelievable,” Skyline girls swimming coach   Susan Simpkins said. “The Olympics are the pinnacle of swimming. When you swim, you want to swim at the Olympics.”

Taylor graduated from Skyline in 2010 and just finished her sophomore year at Stanford University. At Skyline, she was a seven-time individual state champion and led Skyline to the state title her senior year. The success continued at Stanford, where she earned All-American honors in both of her first two years.

Kinnear also was a seven-time individual state champion and she took Skyline to its second and third consecutive state championships. Kinnear just graduated and is planning to attend UCLA in the fall. Read more

Issaquah father-son duo post victories at swimming championships

June 5, 2012

Father and son duo Willy and Gentry Gevers recently competed in the Pacific Northwest Association Masters Regional Swimming Championships at the King County Aquatic Center and each came home with first place finishes.

The younger Gevers, Gentry, won gold medals in the 100-yard back (55.69), the 100-yard butterfly (55.31), and the 50-yard back (25.73). Gentry was a four-year star at Issaquah High School, going to state in four events in his senior year. He will attend Concordia College in California on a swimming scholarship.

Willy Gevers came home with age-group gold medals in the 50 and 100 breast stroke and has recorded the fourth-fastest age-group times in those events in Pacific Northwest Association history. They were also the only father-son duo at the meet and the high point scorers in the family division.

“It was a real treat to race with my son, and a family memory I’ll never forget,” Willy Gevers said.

The Gevers family are longtime Issaquah residents, with their four children all competing in swimming and track at Issaquah High School.

Issaquah Eagle is chosen to swim for Olympic pipeline team

April 17, 2012

Sierra Hoffman, an Issaquah High School junior, puts her arms up to block a shot during practice with the Rain City Water Polo team April 12 at the Mercer Island Country Club. By Greg Farrar

It’s a known fact that when water polo players from the Pacific Northwest travel to California for training and camps, they tend to stand out.

For their hard work and ethic, yes, but also because their skin can take time getting used to the summer sun.

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Former gymnast leads Spartan swimmers to win over Mustangs

January 25, 2011

Skyline High School sophomore Max Levy quit club gymnastics and picked up diving just five months ago. By mid-season, he had qualified for the state diving meet and has thus far broken the school record three times, according to coaches and teammates.

“He’s going to do real well,” said Skyline head coach Susan Simpkins.

David Jett takes a breath in the 100-yard freestyle event Jan. 18 at the Julius Boehm Pool. By Christopher Huber

Levy scored six points for the Spartans swim and dive team when he beat Redmond’s Phillip Klassen 205.4 to 204.2. Skyline ultimately won 115.5 to 69.5, improving to 5-4 in dual meets on the season. Although it was a low-key meet, numerous Spartan swimmers shaved time off of their previous bests and a couple set KingCo- and district-qualifying times in their respective races.

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