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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Condition of aging Julius Boehm Pool could shape park bond measure

September 18, 2012

Come summertime, about 1,000 people each day slip into the 84-degree water at Julius Boehm Pool, a fixture in downtown Issaquah for decades.

The crowd is diverse in age and activity — early-morning lap swimmers, senior citizens in water-exercise classes, children for swimming lessons and more. Summer is the busiest time of year for the pool.

The pool is 40 years old — 15 years older than designers intended for the facility — and visitors and employees often encounter signs of age.

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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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Local swimmers going strong for Whitworth

January 24, 2012

Marit Borth, an Issaquah High School graduate, and Nicole Lecoq, a Liberty High School graduate, have been performing well for the Whitworth University women’s swimming team.

Borth finished first in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.98 seconds and Lecoq placed second in the 400 individual medley in 4:53.18 when Whitworth defeated Linfield, 141-64, Jan. 14. Lecoq also anchored Whitworth’s winning 200 freestyle relay and Borth placed fourth in the 200 freestyle.

On Jan. 13, Borth won the 100 freestyle in 57.24 and Lecoq was first in the 200 backstroke in 2:13.03 as they led Whitworth past Willamette, 150-38. Borth and Lecoq both swam as members of the winning 400 freestyle relay team.

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November 22, 2011

Kayla Foremski named scholar athlete of the month

Kayla Foremski

Kayla Foremski, a senior at Issaquah High School, has been selected as the Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month by the Issaquah Booster Club and Red Robin Restaurant.

Laura Halter, Issaquah swim and dive coach, nominated Foremski, writing, “Kayla is one of the main reasons the swim team at IHS is the current KingCo sportsmanship award winner. She has always demonstrated great sportsmanship towards all of the other teams, their coaches and all officials. She is currently the captain of the team and has been doing a fabulous job all season. She is especially skilled in her communication with her team and coaches. She is often found watching and cheering on all of her teammates at the meets. She leads by example in the pool by taking her workouts very seriously and making sure everyone is working together.”

Foremski qualified for three events at the district meet. She dropped time in all her events, and her 200 freestyle relay team finished first overall.

Foremski also participates in club lacrosse. She joined the lacrosse team her freshman year and plays defense and midfield.

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Skyline High School girls swimmers sail to state title

November 15, 2011

Katie Kinnear leads Spartans to third consecutive girls swimming title

The Skyline High School girls swim team, wearing Spartan towels designed by one of the team member’s moms, hoists the 4A state championship trophy for the third consecutive year Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

FEDERAL WAY — Skyline High School senior Katie Kinnear didn’t have any specific goals in mind going into the state 4A swimming and diving finals Nov. 12 at the King County Aquatic Center. As long as she swam her best and did her part in the relays, things would probably go fine. Read more

Issaquah swimmers tune up for state with district title

November 8, 2011

The Skyline High School girls swimming team, possibly tuning up for a third state title in a row, captured the 4A District 2 Championship Nov. 5 at the Juanita High School Pool.

Skyline finished with 267 points to easily outdistance Newport, which was second with 199 points. Roosevelt was third with 159.5 points to just edge Issaquah, which took fourth with 157.

Katie Kinnear, of Skyline, had two first places and swam as a member of the Spartans’ winning 200 medley relay team.

Kinnear won the 100-yard butterfly in a state-qualifying time of 54.79 seconds. She has won the event at state the past two years. The Skyline junior also captured the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 57.16.

The Spartans’ 200 medley relay team of Sarah Elderkin, Andi Scarcello, Maria Volodkevich and Kinnear finished first in a state-qualifying time of 1:48.81. The Spartans actually swam the event faster than last year, when they won the 200 medley relay at state in 1:48.87.

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Local schools send swimmers to state after fast KingCo meet

November 1, 2011

Katie Kinnear, Skyline High School senior, takes a breath on the way to winning the 200-yard freestyle race with a meet record time of 1:54.90 Oct. 29 during the KingCo 3A-4A Championships. By Christopher Huber

When a team takes two out of three relays against swim teams like Mercer Island and Newport, it’s bound to do well.

The Skyline High School girls swim and dive team again asserted its dominance in 4A competition Oct. 29, when it won six of 12 events and saw four individuals and two relay teams record state-qualifying times at the KingCo swim meet at Mary Wayte Pool.

Perennial standout Katie Kinnear set a new KingCo 3A-4A meet record in the 200-yard freestyle. She posted a time of 1 minute, 54.9 seconds, 5 seconds faster than needed for a state-meet berth.

“Our girls swam great,” Skyline coach Susan Simpkins said. “They are just such competitors.”

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Issaquah girls swimmers fall to Bothell

October 18, 2011

Bothell spoiled the Issaquah High School girls swimming team’s final home meet of the season Oct. 4 when the Cougars prevailed, 96-90, at the Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah’s Stacy Maier had two first places. Maier, a junior, won the 50 freestyle in 25.85 seconds, just falling short of the standard for the state meet of 25.30. She also won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.09.

In addition, Maier swam as a member of two winning relay teams. Maier, Kayla Foremski, Gabrielle Gevers and Kayla Flaten made up Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay team, which finished first in 1:45.75. The same foursome composed the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle relay team, which was clocked in 3:57.99.

Senior Kylie Lynch, swimming in her final home meet, won the 500 freestyle for the Eagles.

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