Seattle and beyond

February 18, 2014

Architect’s prolific career sparked by tour of duty in Japan

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Washington State Convention Center. The King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. All buildings people know and may have interacted with.

Phillip Jacobson was the TRA Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Interiors firm’s partner-in- charge and design partner for (left) the University Hospital G, H and I wings, exterior shown here, 1995;  partner-in-charge and design partner for (middle) the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, 1990; and  design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

Phillip Jacobson was the design partner for (right) the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 1988.

What you might not know is that the man who designed those buildings lives right here in Issaquah.

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Spartans make waves

November 19, 2013

Skyline takes fourth in state, Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins 100 butterfly

By Greg Farrar Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School junior, wins her preliminary state 3A heat in the 100 butterfly Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way with a time of 56.31 seconds. Although that time would have sufficed for the state championship, she even shaved more than a second off in the finals Nov. 16 in a time of 55.02 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School junior, wins her preliminary state 3A heat in the 100 butterfly Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way with a time of 56.31 seconds. Although that time would have sufficed for the state championship, she even shaved more than a second off in the finals Nov. 16 in a time of 55.02 seconds.

 

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.

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Fast friends

February 26, 2013

Swim coaches form bond at the pool

By Greg Farrar Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

By Greg Farrar
Laura Halter (left), Issaquah High School swim coach, and Kris Daughters, her counterpart at Liberty High School, greet each other with a hug as the boys swim meet between the Eagles and Patriots gets underway Jan. 24 at Julius Boehm Pool.

Issaquah and Liberty high school swim coaches Laura Halter and Kris Daughters know firsthand what it is like traversing through the state’s most competitive league year in and year out.

The Eagles’ Halter guides her teams, boys and girls, through the KingCo 4A league, while the Patriots’ Daughters manages in the KingCo 2A/3A league.

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Final Statement

February 19, 2013

All area high school swimmers win team, individual state titles

By Greg Farrar Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, steps up out of the pool after repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

By Greg Farrar
Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, steps up out of the pool after repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard butterfly Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

At the 2013 4A Boys State Swim and Dive Championships, Issaquah High School coach Laura Halter wore a T-shirt with an illustration of purple-and-gold eagle wings on the back. Each feather included the name of one of her swimmers.

It proved to be an appropriate symbol, as it took each swimmer working together to help the Eagles take flight toward a fourth-place finish at state.

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Liberty uses strong performances to take seventh at 3A state

February 22, 2011

Logan Briggs places second in 200 freestyle, third in 500 freestyle

Logan Briggs, Liberty junior, stands on the podium after winning third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.88 at the state 3A swimming championships. By Tim Pfarr

Liberty High School took seventh place at the state swimming championship meet Feb. 19 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, thanks to strong performances by Logan Briggs, Luke Duschl, Kevin Hays and Tyler Larson.

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State titles elude 4A swimmers

February 22, 2011

There were no individual championships for Issaquah School District boys swimmers at the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

But Issaquah High’s Brian Ruggles certainly spent a lot of time on the podium as he placed among the state’s top five in two events and also swam on two relays that ranked among the top eight.

Ruggles finished third in the 100 freestyle in 48.38 seconds, which was a respectable time in most meets. However, Eastlake freshman phenom Edward Kim won the event in an all-America qualifying time of 45.56 and Kentridge’s Chase Bublitz was second in 47.54.

Kim and Bublitz also went one-two in the 50 freestyle where Ruggles ended up fifth in 22.14.

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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

Super sophomore Logan Briggs has busy state meet

February 23, 2010

Luke Duschl (bottom), Liberty sophomore, finishes the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay consolation heat final, as Austin Briggs (left) and brother Logan wait to swim their legs. By Greg Farrar

There weren’t many swimmers busier than Liberty High School’s Logan Briggs at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 18-19 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

On the final day, Briggs competed in five events. He didn’t come in first, but did grab a third place in the 500-yard freestyle to cap a super sophomore season.

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Liberty swimmer sets two personal records at Sea-King district meet

February 16, 2010

Austin Briggs, Liberty senior (left) and brother Logan, sophomore, talk about their school’s showing Feb. 13 at the 3A Sea-King District swim meet. By Greg Farrar

Sophomore Logan Briggs qualifies in seven events for state

Although Logan Briggs is just a sophomore at Liberty High School, he’s already making a splash in the world of high school swimming. He qualified in seven events for this year’s 3A state championship meet, and set personal and school records at the 3A Sea-King District meet Feb. 13 in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle.

Liberty finished sixth in the team standings at the Sea-King District meet. The Patriots had 121 points. Mercer Island cruised to the team title, compiling 345.5 points. Lakeside, of Seattle, was second with 176.

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