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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Liberty High School swimmers fall to Hazen team

September 18, 2012

Mackenna Briggs, Liberty High School sophomore, swims way ahead of the field Sept. 13 to win the 500 freestyle against Hazen in a time of 5 minutes, 27.69 seconds. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School girls swim team lost to Hazen, 99-86, Sept. 13 in a nonconference meet.

Liberty sophomore Mackenna Briggs won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 12.76 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:27.69.

Sophomore Cecilia Nelson won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:09.62.

Freshman Ellie Hohensinner captured the 100 butterfly in 1:06.02.

Sophomore Christina Sargent took first place in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 147.

The Liberty girls also took first place in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:55.49. The team featured Briggs, Nelson, Hohensinner and freshman Lauryn Hepp.

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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.

A challenge to change the status quo

December 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Dawson Solly Liberty High School

Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.

I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.

Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.

Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.

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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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Liberty swimmers sink Sammamish

October 18, 2011

Elise Tinseth had two first places and swam on a winning relay Oct. 6 as the Liberty High School girls swimming team overpowered Sammamish, 110-73, in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet.

Tinseth won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, .88 seconds and captured the 100 butterfly in 1:04.22. She led off the Patriots’ winning 200 freestyle relay, which finished first in 1:52.18. Caitlin Duffner, Cecilia Nelson, and Mackenna Briggs were other members of the relay.

Duffner also won the 50 freestyle while Briggs was first in the 500 freestyle and Nelson took the 100 freestyle. Christina Sargent, of Liberty, was first in the diving.

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