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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION SPORTS C Classifieds/C4-5 Police & Fire/C5 Schools/C6 v Liberty swimmer sets school record in 500 freestyle at state Logan Bdggs, of Uberty, leaps at the starting horn for his lO0-meter backstroke 3A state champi- onship finals heat Feb. 21. Brigga finished seventh in the backstroke and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. BY ALEX BELL Overall, Patriots finish in 15th place BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Briggs, who was shooting for a s the Liberty High School team prepared to compete in the 2009 Class 3A State Boys Swim and Dive Champi- onships Feb. 20, head coach Kris Daughters warned freshman standout Logan Briggs that he "pulled a mini-Phelps." She compared Briggs's right state schedule to that of Michael Phelps, who swam in eight events, some back-to-back, in last summer's Bei- jing Olympics. school record in the 500-yard freestyle, also competed in the 200- yard freestyle relay, the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay. All four events hap- pen within about 40 minutes or so, Daughters said. She worried that he wouldn't have time to warm up between events. "I did better than I thought," Briggs said. "I wasn't running to the warm-up tank, but it was kind of like that -- warm-up tank, swim; warm-up tank, swim; warm-up tank, swim. I thought it was pretty fun. It was a challenge, too." Briggs ended up placing fourth in the 500-yard freestyle race, setting a school record of 4:46.83. He also fin- ished seventh in the 100-yard back- stroke event, with a time of 55.36 seconds. In the end, Liberty placed 15th in state Class 3A competition this year, with 53 points at the meet. Logan's older brother, Liberty jun- ior Austin Briggs, also placed in two state meet events. He finished 15th in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 22.99 seconds, and 17th in the 100-yard freestyle, with a prelimi- See SWIMMERS, Page 2 BY GREG FARRAR Alexis Wlllcher, of Skyline, lies on the mat in disbelief after being pinned in the first period of her state 140-pound championship match, against Jolene Cmok-Meyers, of Kentwood. + Grapplers00see mixed results .+ BY SCO'l'r MORTON Nolan Richards, of Skyline, wrestles an opponent in the 130-pound division of the 4A state championships. Richards finished eighth. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Wrestlers from Skyline, Is- saquah and Liberty high schools experienced a mixture of that Feb. 20 and 21 during the Washington State Mat Classic Wrestling Cham- pionships at the Tacoma Dome. The outcome for most of the 17 who made it to state was disap- pointing, but a few had relative success against the best in Wash- When you put 850 high school wrestlers on 24 mats in the same room and have them wrestle for two days straight, with all of their parents cheering, you have a lot of fun. But you also have a lot of sweat, a lot of joy and a lot of tears. ington, Skyllne's Alexis WIIIcher second-gme runner up Skyline High School's lone fe- male wrestler, Alexis Willcher, pinned her way to the finals Feb. 20 and 21. In the quarterfinal match, she pinned Sequim's Sarah Keltonic in 17 seconds. But it only took determined op- ponent Jolene Crook-Meyers, of Kentwood, 1 minute, 12 seconds to pin her in the 140-pound rifle bout. Despite losing the state champi- onship, Willcher earned second place for the second consecutive year, and placed the highest of any Sammamish-area grappler who participated at state. "She earned the right to be one of the top seeds going into the tourna- ment, and she proved it by pinning her first three opponents in the first period to reach the finals for the second straight ear," Skyline coach Gus Kiss said in an e-mail. See GRAPPLERS, Page C3 Mercer Island snatches KingCo title from Patriot girls with 60-56 win BY JIM FEEHAN Mercer Island used an explosive third quarter against Liberty High School's Patriots to win the KingCo 3A tournament rifle, 60- 56, at Bellevue Community College on Feb. 20. The Islanders (17-5) scored 21 points in the third quarter, led by two 3-pointers each by Harley Gullstad and Jae Shin. Mercer Is- land's Janelle Chow hit two free throws with 4:35 remaining in the game to put the Islanders up by nine. The Patriots (17-5) made the See BASKETBALL, Page (=3 BY GREG FAREAR Breanne Faehnflch (fight), Uberty junior guard, loses the ball while going to the basket in the fourth quarter as Mercer Island junior forward Kate DaPron (left) defends during the 3A KingCo Basketball Tournament championship game. BY GREG PARRAR Rlsa Fukuda, of Issaquah, springa from her feet to her hands on the balance beam in 4A individual competition, finishing 12th with a 9.125 in the event. Eagles fail Io qualify for finals BY RYAN PIERSOL BY GREO FARRAE Miranda Jones, of Uberty, performs her floor exercise routine Feb. 20 in 3A individual competition, collecting an 8.575 in the event. The Issaquah gymnasrics team placed several athletes in the top 20, yet wasn't able to advance anyone to the finals at the Class 4A championships Feb. 20 at the Tacoma Dome. Several Eagles just missed moving on to the finals at the event, won by fellow KingCo foe Woodinville. "I'm happy. I think they all did pretty well," Issaquah head coach Ryan Fleisher said. "We had a couple of girls right there on the edge and they just missed qualifying. But everybody was in the top 20, so I'm pleased." Risa Fukuda and Olivia Goree were the Eagles who came clos- est to qualifying for the finals. Goree placed 12th on the bars with an 8.65, 1.25 offthe last fi- nals qualifying score. Fukuda placed 12th on the beam with a 9.125, less than a point offthe last finals qualifying score. Woodinville won the team com- petition with a score of 182.975. See GYMNASTS, Page C2