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October 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

The Medley: Mercer Island swimming continues to roll, a big meet and top performers

By Ron Newberry

Special to The Seattle Times

This week’s look at the area high school swimming scene, big meets and top performances:

Skyline, Newport to collide

Susan Simpkins knows it’ll take an extraordinary effort for her Skyline Spartans to capture their fourth consecutive Class 4A state girls swimming championship next month.

“I think everybody’s a threat this year,” Simpkins said. “Seriously. Our team is still really strong but we really don’t have any big standouts like we’ve had in the past. Our girls are just going to have to rally and work together. We still have four dual meets we have to get through, KingCo and districts. We’re more focused on those right now than anything else.”

Skyline tackles Newport Friday in the most anticipated KingCo 4A dual meet of the season. The Knights also boast a powerful team and have been looking forward to Friday’s 3:30 p.m. meet at Mary Wayte Pool in Mercer Island all season.

Skyline is coming off a 112-74 loss to Mercer Island, only the Spartans’ second dual meet loss in two seasons. Both came to the Islanders, the four-time defending 3A state champions.

Newport, led by Elisa Fang, Lorea Gwo and Jenny Huo, is fresh off a decisive 119-66 victory over Issaquah.

Both teams are unbeaten in 4A dual meets this season.

“It’s going to be fun,” said Simpkins, whose Spartans lost to Newport in a dual meet two years ago. “No matter what the outcome, it’s going to be an incredible meet. There will be some really fast times, I think.”

“I am secretly wishing I didn’t have a meet this Friday,” Mercer Island coach Chauntelle Johnson joked. “That’s one I’d like to see.”

Skyline also has added a makeup meet to its schedule next week. The Spartans will travel to Bainbridge Wednesday for a double dual against the Spartans and Bellevue at 3:30 p.m. Skyline’s meet against Bellevue was originally scheduled for Sept. 20 but was canceled after a former student’s threat against the school.

Islanders continue to roll

Mercer Island’s 112-74 victory over Skyline Tuesday was a clash of the titans of sorts, pitting the defending state champions in 4A and 3A.

For the second year in a row, Mercer Island defeated Skyline, re-emphasizing the Islanders’ talent and depth this season.

Mercer Island did the most damage in the relays, sweeping all three events in state-qualifying times at Boehm Pool in Issaquah.

Grace Wold, Alex Seidel and freshman Sabrina Kwan each swam in two of those winning relays. Wold also won the 100-yard backstroke (58.11) and 100 butterfly (58.46) in state-qualifying times.

“It went really well,” Johnson said. “I think I’d be lying if I didn’t want to see my girls swim a little better when they do really good. I guess that’s my job as a coach.

“Any time you get a win against a team like Skyline it’s really good.”

Making waves in Mukilteo

It didn’t go unnoticed locally when Richland flexed its muscles and won the Mukilteo Invitational Saturday.

The Bombers recorded some eye-opening times and scored 457 points to edge 3A power Bainbridge (448) in meet that drew swimmers from 35 schools from across the state.

Simpkins, the Skyline coach, said she’s aware of Richland’s talent and the threat it poses in 4A this season.

During the Mukilteo meet, Richland’s Nicole Weinman swam the 200 freestyle (1:55.94) in the fastest time in the state this season and also won the 500 freestyle (5:10.95). Lisa Bratton of Richland also won two events, including the 200 Individual Medley in a state-leading 2:04.97.

Richland’s 200 freestyle relay also recorded the fastest time in the state this season (1:41.67).

Top performers

A look at top individual performances over the past week:

– Hannah Taylor, Marysville-Pilchuck: Won the 100 butterfly in the state’s fastest time (57.30) at the Mukilteo Invitational.

– Grace Wold, Mercer Island: Was part of four winning events in a victory over Skyline, each in state-qualifying times.

– Emily Tannassee, Kentlake: Met the state-qualifying standard in the 100 butterfly (59.45) and 100 backstroke (59.87) and was part of two winning relays against Kent-Meridian.

– Stephanie Munoz, Skyline: Won the 200 freestyle (state-qualifying 1:59.62), 100 butterfly (1:00.87) and was on two winning relays against Issaquah and also won the 500 freestyle (5:22.90) against Mercer Island.

Lorea Gwo, Newport: Won the 50 freestyle in a state-qualifying 25.22 and also was a part of two winning relays against Issaquah.

– Jocelyn Crawford, Garfield: Was part of three winning events in a dual meet against Mercer Island, including the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying 1:08.70.

Kalena Laurent, Cascade: Won the 100 freestyle in a state-qualifying 53.70 at the Mukilteo Invitational. It is the second-fastest time in the state this season. She also qualified for state in the 100 butterfly (1:00.14) in a meet against Edmonds-Woodway.

Brianna Lucien, Mariner: Won two events in a meet against Mount Vernon and Mountlake Terrace, including the 200 freestyle in a state-qualifying 1:58.16.

Djenne Dickens, Edmonds-Woodway: Swam state-qualifying time of 24.55 in the 50 freestyle against Cascade. Later, she also met the state-qualifying standard in the 50 freestyle (24.80) and also won the 100 freestyle (56.81) against Kamiak.

Anni Hecker, Shorewood: Met state-qualifying times in the 50 freestyle (25.31) and 100 freestyle (55.01) in a meet against Snohomish, Kamiak and Glacier Peak.

Melody Coleman, Marysville-Pilchuck: Won the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying 1:08.48 at the Mukilteo Invitational.

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