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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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 girls soccer team moves into first place

September 28, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 28, 2011

Annie Hoffman had a goal and an assist Tuesday as she led the Issaquah High School girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory against visiting Ballard in a KingCo Conference 4A contest in Gary Moore Stadium.

Delany Foreman and Alissa Evans scored Issaquah’s other goals.

The Eagles’ improved their league record to 2-0-1 and moved into a first-place tie with Redmond.

In other action, Skyline downed Inglemoor 4-1. Brooke Bofto, Makenzie Ware, Sydne Tingey and Anna Deweirdt scored Skyline’s goals. The Spartans are 2-0 in league play and 6-0-1 for the season.

In other league games, it was Eastlake 0, Newport 0; Garfield 3, Roosevelt 1; and Redmond 1, Woodinville 0.

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Final 400 free event decides Liberty, Hazen swim meet

September 27, 2011

Elise Tinseth, Liberty High School co-swim team captain, works to win her 100-yard breaststroke race against Hazen, adding to her 200-yard freestyle victory. By Greg Farrar

After 11 events between the Liberty High School Patriots and the Hazen Highlanders at Sept. 22’s dual swim meet, the teams were tied going into the final 400-yard freestyle relay.

With a final time of 3 minutes, 57.71 seconds, Hazen’s relay team grabbed eight critical points to narrowly clinch a final score of 95-88 in favor of the Highlanders.

Liberty coach Kris Daughters said she opted out of bringing the Liberty diving team —which cost the Patriots 13 critical points — due to safety concerns related to the depth of the Hazen pool. The pool Liberty practices in is 10 feet deep, while Hazen’s is only 8 feet deep.

“I thought we’d be further behind them because I knew we wouldn’t be bringing our divers, so the fact that we were tied going into the last relay was awesome,” she said. “It made it a good meet, and it was good to have my fast kids to have that pressure on them.”

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Liberty swimmers drop close meet

September 27, 2011

The Liberty High School girls swimming team lost to Interlake, 97.5-82.5, Sept. 20 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A meet.

Mackenna Briggs, Cecilia Nelson and Elise Tinseth each won two events and swam as members of Liberty’s winning 400 freestyle relay team.

Briggs won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.74 and the 100 backstroke in 1:03.91. Nelson captured the 50 freestyle in 27.62 and the 100 freestyle in 1:00.48. Tinseth took the 200 individual medley in 2:18.68 and the 500 freestyle in 5:30.71.

Briggs, Nelson, Tinseth and Caitlin Duffner made up Liberty’s winning 400 freestyle relay team, which finished first in 4:03.38.

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Issaquah, Skyline win soccer league openers

September 21, 2011

 NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 2011

The Skyline and Issaquah high-school girls soccer teams each won their KingCo Conference 4A openers Tuesday with shutouts.

Skyline, 5-0-1 overall, nipped host Newport 1-0. Sydne Tingey, assisted by Brooke Bofto, scored Skyline’s goal at the 43rd minute.

Audrey Thomas and Lyrik Fryer each had a goal and an assist as they led Issaquah to a 4-0 victory against visiting Inglemoor. Jocelyn Eng and Annie Hoffman also scored goals for the Eagles, 3-3 overall. Goalkeeper Ashley Batistich recorded the shutout.

In other league action, it was Eastlake 2, Ballard 1; Redmond 2, Bothell 0; and Woodinville 2, Roosevelt 0. Garfield defeated Lakeside 2-0 in a nonleague contest.

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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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