Patriots’ swimmer makes marks in pool and in school

March 15, 2011

The combination of size, power and technique make for a good swimmer. Add raw talent, and that swimmer has the chance to be great.

Logan Briggs finishes a race this year in a meet against Interlake High School. Barely halfway through his high school career, Briggs already owns several school records in both individual and relay events. By Josh Liebeskind

When opposing swimmers line up on the starting block next to Logan Briggs, they see all those attributes. But it’s not those attributes that make the Liberty High School junior a special swimmer.

It is his competitiveness — that pushes him to do three-a-day workouts during the summer, that pulls him out of bed at 4:30 a.m. for a workout before school — that separates him from challengers.

“He doesn’t let his talent and size go to waste,” Liberty High School head swim coach Kris Daughters said. “He’s an animal in workouts. I mean, I have a hard time putting together a workout that will challenge him.”

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Swimmers make waves at invitational

July 6, 2010

Kim Williams, of the Issaquah Swim Team, had a strong performance June 25-27 at the West Coast Invitational.

Williams, competing in the girls 13-14 division, won three events and had two second places. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 19.04 seconds, the 100 butterfly in 1:08.09 and the 400 individual medley in 5:10.78. She placed second in the 400 freestyle and in the 200 individual medley.

Overall, Williams had seven top-five places. She was fourth in the 200 backstroke and fifth in the 200 butterfly. She also took second in the 13-and-over 50 breaststroke.

In addition to her individual efforts, Williams helped the Issaquah Swim Team take second in the girls 13-14 200 medley relay. Yui Umezawa, Mackenna Briggs and Stephanie Munoz were other members of the relay team. Issaquah Swim Team also placed third in the 200 freestyle relay. Williams, Briggs, Anatasia Kosykh and Munoz made up the team.

In the girls 15-and-over division, Issaquah Swim Team placed first in the 200 freestyle relay and first in the 200 medley relay. Helen Liu, Katie Kinnear, Stacy Maier and Kayla Flaten made up the 200 freestyle relay team, which had a winning time of 1:53.43. Maier, Jessie Dart, Kinnear and Liu made up the 200 medley relay team, which finished first in 2:06.47.

Kinnear also won the 200 backstroke in 2:22.67, and placed second in the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley, and was fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 400 freestyle. She also captured the 50 butterfly in the girls 13-and-over division with a time of 27.40.

Kara Beauchamp and Flaten each had top five places in the 15-and-over division. Beauchamp was third in the 100 breaststroke and Flaten took fourth in the 200 breaststroke.

In the girls 11-12 division, Sophie Luehmann, of the Issaquah Swim Team, took top honors in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 40.11. Linnea Uyeno, an Issaquah resident who swims for the Olympic Cascade Aquatic team, won the 200 breaststroke in 3:03.74 and was third in the 100 breaststroke. The Issaquah Swim Team 200 medley relay team took third. Gabby Salgado, Kathy Lin, Mekenna Mossman and Luehmann made up the relay team. Read more

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Mackenna Briggs wins four events for Issaquah Swim at championships

April 6, 2010

Mackenna Briggs had four first places to lead the Issaquah Swim Team at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships March 19-21 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Briggs, competing in the girls 12-year-old division, won the 100 backstroke in 59.99 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 59.43. She also placed second in the 50 backstroke with a time of 28.64.

Competing in the 11-12 division, Briggs took top honors in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.90. She won the 200 butterfly in 2:09.85. In addition to the individual events, Briggs helped the Issaquah Swim Team win four relay events in the 11-12 division.

Issaquah captured the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.61. Sophie Luehmann, Kourtney Brunings and Kim Williams joined Briggs on the relay team. The same foursome made up Issaquah’s winning 400 freestyle relay team (3:49.81), 200 medley relay team (1:56.89) and 400 medley relay team (4:15.85).

Brunings made the finals in the 11-12 200 breaststroke and took eighth. Linnea Uyeno, an Issaquah resident who swims for the Olympic Cascade Aquatics team, placed sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in the 11-12 division. She also swam as a member of the 11-12 Olympic 400 medley relay team that took fourth place. Read more

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Sammamish teen leads Issaquah Swim Team at PNS championship

August 4, 2009

Katie Kinnear, of the Issaquah Swim Team, hit the jackpot July 23-26 at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Long Course Championships in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Read more

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