October 4, 2011
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.”
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.
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.
September 27, 2011
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.”
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.
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.
November 16, 2010
Susan Simpkins is well acquainted with the massive Class 4A girls swimming state championship trophy.
November 9, 2010
UPDATED — 11:40 a.m. Nov. 9, 2010
Liberty High School’s Nicole Lecoq captured the 200-yard freestyle at the 3A Sea-King District swimming championships last weekend at Mercer Island. Lecoq won the event with a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 56.71 seconds.
Lecoq also took second in the 100 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 53.02.
Liberty’s Elise Tinseth had state-qualifying times in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Tinseth was fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.76. She placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.60.
The Patriots finished sixth in the meet with 91 points. Mercer Island took first place with 340 points.
Liberty competes in the Class 3A state championships Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Prelims for the 3A meet begin at 7 p.m. Friday. The finals start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
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.
October 19, 2010
Issaquah District girls swimming and diving teams get a chance to relax a bit this week.
The first Issaquah School District relays, set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in Julius Boehm Pool, won’t have the intensity of the big KingCo Conference championships.
“This meet is just for fun,” Issaquah coach Laura Halter said. “I’m not sure we will even keep score.”
It will be the first time this fall that Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty will race against each other. Because Skyline and Issaquah compete in the 4A KingCo Conference, neither swam against Liberty, a member of the 3A/2A KingCo, in a dual meet this season.
“Because of the new schedule, we don’t get to swim against Liberty anymore,” Halter said. “But since a couple other school districts were having district meets, we thought it would be fun to have all the Issaquah district teams together for a meet. We all share the same pool during the season. It just made sense to have a meet together.”
This meet will be different because all of the races will be relays. This will also be the final tuneup for all three teams before the KingCo Championships, which are Oct. 29-30.