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January 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM

The Medley boys swimming blog | Week 3

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times Bellevue believes being themselves could be special The foundation for the expectations that now surround the Bellevue boys swim team were laid over the last two years. With the arrival of coach Andy Hay, now in his third season with the Wolverines, the program has solidified. “One year, it…

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December 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Medley boys swimming blog | Week 1

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times Wildcats will try to send coach out on high note Just six years ago, as the WIAA expanded the swimming opportunities for smaller members with the advent of a separate Class 2A state meet, Archbishop Murphy seized on the opportunity to expand with the state. The Wildcats added its…

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November 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Full 80 girls soccer blog | Week 11

In this edition of “The Full 80,” University Prep girls soccer pulled of a difficult repeat as Class 1A state champions, fighting through injury, illness and tough draw. As always, there’s national rankings, updated college commits, all-classification Top 10 rankings and state rankings by classification at the bottom of this post.
 
By MATT MASSEY | Special to The Seattle Times

University Prep overcomes tough road, adversity to win second 1A title in a row

     The road to the Class 1A state title was anything but easy for the University Prep girls soccer team.
The Pumas (18-3-1) started on the road near Spokane with a 3-1 win over Lakeside-Nine Mile Falls in the opening round.
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November 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Medley girls swimming blog | Week 9

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times Lions’ roar growing stronger in girls competition The girls state meets may be in the rearview mirror this week, but that doesn’t mean the ladies are done in the pool for the year – at least, not all of them. Yes, the boys turned out beginning Monday for the…

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November 13, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Medley girls swimming blog | Week 8

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times

Predicting some history, just for fun

In swimming, there are no Top 10 rankings, polls or ratings that give fans of schools or individuals a chance to debate who are the best teams and/or competitors in different events.

In swimming, it’s simple. Debate is reduced to the clock. The lower the time, the better one finishes – and the better one’s team scores. This is the case whether swimming a dual meet or in a tournament format.

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November 12, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Full 80 girls soccer blog | Week 9

In this edition of “The Full 80,” we’ll look at the Skyline High School girls soccer team shoots for its “big school” record fifth Class 4A state title in six seasons. As always, there’s national rankings, this week’s upcoming big playoff matchups, completed playoff schedule, updated college commits, all-classification Top 10 rankings and state rankings by classification at the bottom of this post.

By MATT MASSEY | Special to The Seattle Times

 Skyline shoots for historic fifth state crown

The Skyline High School girls soccer team is in familiar territory.

The top-ranked Spartans are hosting a first-round Class 4A state match with state-title aspirations and a big target.

Skyline (13-1-1) is seeking its fifth 4A crown in six seasons and coach Don Braman understands there’s no looking past any opponent.

It’s been a nice recipe for the Spartans, who sit one state title away from tying Washington state’s “big-school” mark of five set by Bellarmine Prep, Shorecrest and Kennedy.

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November 6, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The Medley girls’ swimming blog | Week 7

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times Bottelberghe kicks past cancer on road back to state The shock simply wasn’t there when August rolled around. Monica Bottelberghe already had been through that part of the emotional spectrum several months earlier – when her doctors took the first biopsy of a small lump on the Columbia River…

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October 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM

‘The Medley’ girls swimming blog | Week 6

By Doug Drowley | Special to The Seattle Times Versatile Bratton picks Texas A&M, ready to defend titles The big decision out of the way, Lisa Bratton now can focus her attention on the next three weeks. They are big weeks for the Richland High senior. “It’s kinda freaky, crazy to think about,” said Bratton, who begins her…

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