Patriot swimmer sets school record at state

March 6, 2009

By Christopher Huber

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Patriots finish 15th overall; Hazen places 25th

Logan Briggs, of Liberty, leaps at the starting horn during the 100-yard backstroke 3A state championship finals heat Feb. 21. Briggs finished seventh in the backstroke and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. By Alex Bell

Logan Briggs, of Liberty, leaps at the starting horn during the 100-yard backstroke 3A state championship finals heat Feb. 21. Briggs finished seventh in the backstroke and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. By Alex Bell

As the Liberty High School team prepared to compete in the 2009 Class 3A State Boys Swim and Dive Championships Feb. 20, head coach Kris Daughters warned freshman standout Logan Briggs that he “pulled a mini-Phelps.” She compared Briggs’ tight state schedule to that of Michael Phelps, who swam in eight events, some back-to-back, in last summer’s Beijing Olympics. 

Briggs, who was shooting for a 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 happen 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 finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke 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 junior 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 preliminary time of 50.52 seconds. 

“I didn’t do my best times, but I’m getting more consistent lately, which is cool,” Austin Briggs said.

Liberty’s 200 freestyle relay (Austin Briggs, Alex Bell, Chris Kaulia and Logan Briggs) placed 10th at state, finishing in 1:32.76. Mercer Island won the event in 1:27.71. The 400 freestyle relay, consisting of the same swimmers, finished 12th, with a time 3:27.43. Mercer Island also won that event in 3:06.71.

 

Hazen places 25th at state meet

The Hazen High School Highlanders swim team tied for 25th with Highline High School with 17 overall points. 

Nathan Tat finished ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.86. Eric Carlson placed 15th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.23.

Tat was a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team (along with Tommy Truong, Emoniel Isakharov and Corbin Kozai) that placed 15th. Alex Klemetsen finished 15th in the 1-meter diving competition.

Hazen’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Klemetsen, Isakharov, Kozai and Jake Johnson placed 18th.

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