Liberty girls run past Bellevue, Lake Washington

October 6, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 6, 2011

The Liberty High School girls cross country team ran as a pack Wednesday and raced by Bellevue and Lake Washington in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet at Liberty.

Liberty finished with 21 points. Bellevue was second with 47 and Lake Washington took third with 64.

Although Liberty did not have the first-place runner, the Patriots took the next four places, and had six runners in all in the top 10. Sophomore Amy Broska was Liberty’s top runner, finishing second in 21 minutes, 10 seconds on the 3-mile course.

Megan Chucka, Sarah Bliesner and Allie Wood were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Rachel Shaw took seventh and Megan Larson was 10th.

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Eagles girls swim coach is pleased with win, loss

October 4, 2011

Stacy Maier, Issaquah High School junior, swims the butterfly leg of her winning and state-qualifying 200-yard individual medley race. Her time was 2:14.98. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School girls swimming coach Laura Halter received a pair of pleasant surprises from her team last week.

In a Sept. 27 KingCo Conference 4A meet against Eastlake at the Julius Boehm Pool, the Eagles won in surprising ease, 110-76.

Then, on Sept. 29, Issaquah lost, 100-86, to defending state champion Skyline at Boehm Pool. Halter was actually elated by the 14-point loss to the talented and deep Skyline team.

“If anyone had told us before the meet we would come within 14 points of Skyline, I think most of our team would have laughed,” Halter said. “After the meet, I told our team how proud of them I was of them. We had a lot of kids who had great swims. Usually when we go up against Skyline, it is a beating. This year, it was fun.”

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Liberty girls soccer team nips Mercer Island

September 30, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2011

It was better late than never Thursday for the Liberty High School girls soccer team.

Kali Youngdahl scored a goal in the closing seconds as the Patriots nipped visiting Mercer Island 1-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A thriller.

Kailiana Johnson assisted on Youngdahl’s goal. Liberty goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded the shutout.

With the victory, Liberty improved its league record to 6-0 and remained in a tie with Interlake for first place. Liberty plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Interlake in a big showdown.

In other league action, Interlake defeated Juanita 4-1; and it was Bellevue 2, Mount Si 1; and Lake Washington 5, Sammamish 0.

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Issaquah swimmers cruise by Woodinville, Redmond

September 27, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls swim team won two KingCo Conference 4A meets last week.

Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten each won two individual races and swam on two winning relays Sept. 21 as they sparked the Eagles to a 107-79 victory against Woodinville.

Maier won the 100 freestyle in 56.84 seconds and took the 200 freestyle in 2:03.76. Flaten captured the 50 freestyle in 26.02 and took the 100 butterfly in 1:03.66.

Maier and Flaten swam the first two legs of Issaquah’s 200 medley relay, which finished first in 1:57.09. Kellie Langan and Gabrielle Gevers were other members of the relay team.

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Spartans sink Wolves in girls swim meet

September 20, 2011

Andi Scarcello takes latest round in rivalry against Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp

Skyline High School’s Andi Scarcello and Eastlake’s Kara Beauchamp got their 2011 100-yard breaststroke racing off to a competitive start Sept. 13 at Redmond Pool.

Both girls, who have swam together on club teams since age 8, made their 50-yard turn simultaneously and held the pace all the way through. But in the final meter, Scarcello pulled off a Michael Phelps-like stretch in place of an extra stroke that helped her inch past Beauchamp.

“I was not expecting to do well,” said Scarcello, who took a year off from club swimming before this season. “I just wanted to have a good race with Kara. Usually, she’s always the one to beat me.”

The decision wasn’t a game-changer by any means, but Scarcello’s win provided some extra excitement for her watching teammates and may have set the pace for the event among KingCo Conference swimmers this fall.

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Eagles blast by Ballard at season-opening meet

September 13, 2011

Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten each won two events and swam on two victorious relays Sept. 10 as they led the Issaquah High School girls swimming team to a 102.50-71.50 victory against host Ballard.

It was the season-opening meet for both teams.

Maier won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 20.67 second and captured the 100 backstroke in 1:02.52. Flaten took the 100 freestyle in 56.42 and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.04.

Both were members of the Eagles’ winning 200 medley relay, which finished first in 2:00.66. Kellie Langan and Kayla Foremski were other members of the relay.

Maier and Flaten also swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay, which took first in 1:47.89. Gabrielle Gevers and Foremski were other members of the relay.

Gevers also won the 50 freestyle in 27.09 and Langan captured the 100 butterfly in 1:07.26. Kaley Rohring, of Issaquah, took first place in the diving with 105.95 points.

Football cedes spotlight as other sports reach milestones, memories

December 28, 2010

Skyline High School swimmers Nina Zook, Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart and Maria Volodkevich (from left) celebrate their 200-yard medley relay team state 4A swim championship victory Nov. 13 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Football often dominates the sports scene at Skyline High School, with good reason. The Spartans have won five state football championships in 10 years. Read more

Skyline Spartans repeat state swim title

November 16, 2010

The Skyline High School girls swim team hoists its state 4A team championship trophy for the second consecutive year. By Greg Farrar

Susan Simpkins is well acquainted with the massive Class 4A girls swimming state championship trophy.

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Liberty senior sets school record in the 50 freestyle

November 2, 2010

When Liberty High School senior Nicole Lecoq hit the wall to finish third in the 50-yard freestyle race Oct. 30, she checked the time board. It read 25.1 seconds. Not a win, but good enough to beat her older sister’s school-record of 25.13 seconds.

Lecoq held the side of the wall and pumped her fist in celebration.

“She wanted that record,” Liberty coach Kris Daughters said.

The Liberty swim and dive team placed 13th at the KingCo Championships at Mary Wayte Pool on Mercer Island. Skyline finished in third place at the KingCo 3A and 4A meet and tallied 426 points. Newport won with 603 points, while Issaquah High placed fifth in the league after posting 286 points.

Minutes after the 50 free race, Lecoq was still visibly happy about her success. She now has bragging rights among the Lecoq family, as well as a third school record.

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Issaquah Eagles’ swimmers sink Woodinville

October 20, 2010

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 20, 2010

Although it was senior night Tuesday, a pair of sophomores stole the show for the host Issaquah High School girls swimming team. Kayla Flaten and Stacy Maier each won two events and swam on two victorious relays as the Eagles cruised past Woodinville 120-66 in a 4A KingCo Conference meet.

Flaten won the 200-yard freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:59.35 and captured the 100 butterfly in a district-qualifying time of 1:02.22. She just missed a state-qualifying time in the event.

Maier had district-qualifying times in winning the 50 freestyle in 25.24 and the 500 freestyle in 5:26.79.

Flaten and Maier swam on Issaquah’s winning 200 freestyle relay, which had a state-qualifying time of 1:43.88. They also swam on the Eagles’ winning 400 freestyle, which finished first in 3:48.39.

Kellie Langan, another sophomore, finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.32.

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