Skyline grad helps Stanford win swimming championship

March 1, 2011

It has been a big year for Stanford University freshman swimmer Andie Taylor.

The former Skyline High School sensation helped Stanford win the Pacific-10 Conference title for the second straight year Feb. 26, when the Cardinal edged California for the championship at the league meet at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center.

Stanford finished with 1,567.5 points with California second at 1,545.5.

Taylor, who won seven individual championships during her high school career, played a key part in Stanford’s title. She finished third in the 1,650-meter freestyle, third in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 400 individual medley. She also swam as a member of the 800 freestyle relay, which finished second.

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Skyline grad is picked for U.S. swim team

February 25, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 25, 2011

Former Skyline High School swimming star Andie Taylor has been named to a field of 47 swimmers that will represent Team USA at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

The swimming competition takes place Aug. 14-19.

Taylor, who now competes for Stanford University, is scheduled to compete in the 400-meter individual medley and the 200 butterfly.

Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation.

Taylor, a freshman, ranked sixth in the nation in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:06.12, which ranks fourth all-time at Stanford. She has moved into fifth all-time in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 butterfly.

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Football cedes spotlight as other sports reach milestones, memories

December 28, 2010

Skyline High School swimmers Nina Zook, Katie Kinnear, Jessie Dart and Maria Volodkevich (from left) celebrate their 200-yard medley relay team state 4A swim championship victory Nov. 13 in Federal Way. By Greg Farrar

Football often dominates the sports scene at Skyline High School, with good reason. The Spartans have won five state football championships in 10 years. Read more

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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Kinnear’s four wins leads Skyline to swim title

November 9, 2010

Although Skyline High School swimmer Katie Kinnear didn’t meet her own strict standards for success, it was far from a lost weekend.

Kinnear, a junior transfer from Eastlake who won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley at last year’s Class 4A state championships, would have liked to have gone faster Nov. 6 in preparation for this week’s state meet.

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Liberty senior sets school record in the 50 freestyle

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.

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Issaquah Eagles clinch tie for volleyball title

October 21, 2010

UPDATED — 10:55 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls volleyball team clinched at least a tie for the 4A KingCo Conference regular-season volleyball title Wednesday when the Eagles defeated host Ballard 3-0.

Issaquah won the games 25-8, 25-18, 25-12. The Eagles got strong punch again up front from Rachel Roeder, who had 19 kills, and Sarah Hanna, who had 10 kills. Setter Riley Sorenson had 28 assists and Nina Moore had 11 assists.

The Eagles are 9-0 in league action with one match left to play Oct. 25 at second-place Newport,8-1.

Newport had been tied with Issaquah for first place prior to Wednesday. However, the Knights were upset by Roosevelt 3-1.

In other action, Skyline defeated Redmond 25-22, 25-12, 25-14. Kennedy Stoa had 32 assists and Mikayla Silva had 10 kills for Skyline, 3-6 in league play. Halle Erdahl contributed eight kills and five aces for the Spartans.

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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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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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