Three district schools use friendly meet as tuneup

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.

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No. 1 Liberty High School booters stop Saints

October 6, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team punched in two first half goals Tuesday en route to a 2-0 victory against the visiting Interlake Saints in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference game.

Liberty boosted its league-leading record to 7-0.

Nicole Marlow and Mollie Cooke scored Liberty’s goals.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

In other action, it was Juanita 1, Lake Washington 0; Mercer Island 2, Mount Si 0; and Bellevue 1, Sammamish 0.

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Liberty girls soccer team wins its sixth straight game

October 5, 2010

It’s been a while since the Liberty High School girls soccer team was one of the most dominant teams in the KingCo Conference and ranked among the best in the state.

However, the Patriots, under new coach Malia Arrant, have returned to their winning ways this season. Liberty won its sixth straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Sept. 30 by edging Mercer Island 3-2. Cassidy Nangle had a big night for the Patriots. She scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Kimi Fry.

The victory boosted Liberty’s league-leading record to 6-0.

Liberty also defeated host Juanita 2-0 Sept. 28. The Patriots scored both goals in the second half. Whitney Cain, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 60th minute. Nangle, assisted by Fry, scored eight minutes later.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

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Skyline swimmers win battle of champions

October 1, 2010

NEW — 11:40 a.m. Oct. 1, 2010

Katie Kinnear won two events and swam on a winning relay Thursday as she led the Skyline High School girls swim team to a dramatic 95-91 nonleague victory against host Mercer Island at Mary Wayte Pool.

The meet pitted Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, against Mercer Island, the defending 3A state champions.

Skyline, which hasn’t lost a dual meet since 2008, got victories from Kinnear, Meghan O’Keefe, Maria Volodkevich and Stephanie Munoz.

Kinnear won the 100 freestyle in 52:02 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 57:39. She was the leadoff swimmer on Skyline’s winning 200 medley relay, which posted a time of 1:51.47. Jessie Dart, Nina Zook and Volodkevich were other members of the relay.

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Liberty High School Patriots torch Totems

September 22, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 22, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won its third straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Tuesday when the Patriots walloped visiting Sammamish 5-0.

Sara Duvall and Cassidy Nangle each scored two goals for the Patriots, who took over sole ownership of first place.

Liberty led 2-0 at halftime. Duvall scored an unassisted goal at the 17th minute and a minute later Cassidy, assisted by Mollie Cooke, scored.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker shared the shutout.

In other action, Mercer Island knocked Interlake out of a first place tie with Liberty by beating the Saints 1-0; it was Juanita 3, Bellevue 0; and Lake Washington 1, Mount Si 0.

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Deep Skyline team eyes repeat state title

September 14, 2010

Stacy Maier (near), Issaquah sophomore, and Nina Zook, Skyline senior, battle head to head during the breaststroke leg of their 200-yard IM race Sept. 7. Zook pulled ahead to win by three-tenths of a second. By Greg Farrar

If anyone rooting for the Skyline High School girls swimming team was worried that it might not be as deep or thoroughly dominating in 2010 as last year’s 4A state championship squad, coach Susan Simpkins seemed confident the Spartans will remain strong.

Although state champ and all-around powerhouse Andie Taylor graduated, Skyline brings back possibly more experienced young swimmers than it knows what to do with. And while the 2009 team was 78 strong, the 2010 squad has 92 swimmers, six of whom are divers, Simpkins said. Read more

Skyline High School swimmers top Issaquah

September 8, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Maria Volodkevich won two events and swam on two relays that posted state-qualifying times to help lead the Skyline High School girls swimming team to a season-opening 95-72 victory Tuesday against Issaquah at Julius Boehm Pool.

Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, won the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay with state-qualifying times. The 200 medley relay posted a time of 1:53.33 and the 400 freestyle relay won in 3:47.36. Volodkevich, Katie Kinnear, Meghan O’Keefe and Nina Zook composed both relays. O’Keefe, Zook and Volodkevich were members of last year’s Skyline state championship 400 freestyle relay.

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