Skyline swimmers three-peat as 4A champions

Katie Kinnear wasn't with the Skyline swim team when the program won its first state title 2009, but she was proud to say she's been a part of the last two.

Skyline's Katie Kinnear reaches for the wall in the 100 backstroke. She claimed her first state title in the event and seventh overall individual title in an automatic all-American time of 54.60.

Skyline's Katie Kinnear reaches for the wall in the 100 backstroke. She claimed her first state title in the event and seventh overall individual title in an automatic all-American time of 54.60.

Katie Kinnear wasn’t with the Skyline swim team when the program won its first state title 2009, but she was proud to say she’s been a part of the last two.

“This definitely says a lot about the girls on the team,” said the UCLA-bound senior, after Skyline secured its third straight 4A championship on Saturday.

Kinnear, who competed her first two years at Eastlake, played a key role in the Spartans’ 202 team points. Stadium (147) and Mt. Rainier (123) finished second and third, respectively.

Kinnear won individual championships in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to titles.

Her 100 butterfly time of 53.46 was an automatic all-American time and her fourth straight state title in the event. She was just .36 seconds off the state record she set as a sophomore — as a member of the Eastlake team.

Her first title in the 100 backstroke was her seventh overall individual championship, and her time of 54.60 was another automatic all-American mark.

“She’s really been a great asset to the team,” Skyline head coach Susan Simpkins said. “I’ll miss her.”

Skyline’s 200 medley relay of Sarah Elderkin, Andi Scarcello, Kinnear and Maria Volodkevich blazed to the finish line in an all-American consideration time of 1 minute, 47.22 seconds. The 400 free relay of Volodkevich, Meghan O’Keefe, Stephanie Munoz and Kinnear earned another all-American consideration time of 3:32.87.

The Spartans had seven other swimmers and one relay place in the top 16, including O’Keefe’s fourth-place in the 100 fly and Scarcello’s sixth-place in the 100 breaststroke.

“The girls did awesome, they really care about high-school swimming and the experience they get from it,” Simpkins said. “It’s been fun for me to watch them.”

Issaquah finished fifth as a team on Saturday with 119 team points.

Kayla Flaten finished second in the 100 breastroke (1:06.15) and eighth in the 100 freestyle (53.75), while Stacy Maier was sixth in the 100 backstroke (58.51) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (53.59).

The 200 free relay of Maier, Kayla Foremski, Gabrielle Gevers and Flaten placed second in 1:39.36 and the 200 medley relay of Maier, Flaten, Kellie-Marie Langan and Gevers were third in 1:51.19.

Eastlake placed 25th as a team with 29 points.

Kara Beauchamp led the way for the Wolves, finishing fifth in the 200 IM (2:08.91) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:11.37).



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