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.
December 10, 2013
Andi Scarcello, class of 2017, is a member of the Denison University women’s swimming and diving team.
Scarcello, a native of Issaquah, is a graduate of Skyline High School.
Denison, in Granville, Ohio, is currently second in Division III according to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 poll. Denison recently knocked off North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon in their annual dual meet.
Learn more about Scarcello and Denison women’s swimming and diving at www.denisonbigred.com/sports/wswimdive.
November 19, 2013
Skyline takes fourth in state, Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins 100 butterfly
After finishing fifth at the 2012 state championships, the Skyline High School girls swimming and diving team didn’t want to go home again without some hardware.
October 8, 2013
A quick glance at the score sheet from the Oct. 3 Liberty versus Issaquah swim meet can be a bit deceiving.
Liberty swimmers took the top spot in eight of the 12 events, yet it was the Eagles who emerged from the competition with a 104-81 win.
October 8, 2013
Stephanie Muñoz and Yui Umezawa have accomplished a lot during their swimming careers, but their ambitions have grown even larger at the start of their senior seasons at Skyline High School.
Muñoz and Umezawa were major factors in Skyline’s 122-63 victory against district rival Liberty on Oct. 1 at the Julius Boehm Pool, and the results they’ve posted in the Spartans’ first four meets have them on pace for an outstanding finish at the Class 4A state championships in November.
Against Liberty, Umezawa captured first place in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 18.31 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:01.40) Her times were slower than her season-best marks, but she’s already turned in a state-qualifying mark of 1:00.34 in the backstroke and is within a second of qualifying in the 200 individual medley.