Hazen, Liberty athletes selected for all-league teams

November 8, 2012

UPDATED — 3:25 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

As the fall sports season comes to a close, athletes from Hazen and Liberty high schools are being honored for their athletic achievements as all-league teams are announced. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually. Email additional all-league honors to newcastle@isspress.com.

Hazen boys tennis

The following Hazen High School tennis players were named to the Seamount League all-league team:

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Hazen swimmers top Liberty

October 4, 2012

After 12 events at the Sept. 13 dual swim meet between the Liberty High School Patriots and the Hazen Highlanders, it was only 13 points that ultimately separated the winning team from the losing team.

The Highlanders beat the Patriots by a score of 99-86.

“It was a good meet with Hazen,” Liberty coach Kris Daughters said. “I think we’re pretty close in terms of our depth and talent. They got us by about 12 points, but that’s not very much for a swim meet.”

By Greg Farrar
Ellie Hohensinner, Liberty High School freshman, races to her victory in the 100-meter fly Sept. 13 against Hazen in a time of 1 minute, 6.02 seconds.

Hazen coach Rick Wertman said that the meet between the two schools is always competitive, especially since many of the swimmers are familiar with each other from competitions outside of school.

“It’s a natural rivalry because we’re in close proximity, but the kids know each other from club and summer league, so it’s always a fun meet. And Kris is an excellent coach, so it’s fun to put our teams together and see what happens,” he said.

Wertman said he was happy with his team’s meet and he highlighted the performances of Talisa Wibmer, Amy LeBar and Kourtney Brunings.

Wibmer, a junior, took first in the 100 backstroke with a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 2.20 seconds. She also captured first in the 100 freestyle. Brunings, a sophomore, won the 100 breaststroke and LeBar, a senior, won the 50 freestyle. All three swimmers, along with freshman Clarissa Mitchell, were on the 200 medley relay team that captured first with a state-qualifying time of 1:57.91.

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Highlanders go dipping

February 3, 2012

By Scott Coburn

Members of the Hazen High School swim team celebrate the new year by participating in the Jan. 1 Polar Bear Dip at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park on Lake Washington Boulevard in Renton.

Diving to the top

February 3, 2012

Newport Hills resident Maraea Skeen is among the elite athetes in the Western Region

Diving has become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Olympics. It combines the unique attributes of gymnastics, dancing, grace and athleticism.

But for 20-year-old Newport Hills resident Maraea Skeen, diving also offers something else.

Contributed Maraea Skeen pulls off a final twist before hitting the water at the Mountain West Conference Championships in 2011.

“It’s a thrill,” she said, describing jumping from 20 feet above the water into a cold pool.

Skeen’s zeal for diving has lifted her from the ranks of elite high school athletes to a top competitor in the Western Region.

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Final 400 free decides Liberty, Hazen swim meet

October 9, 2011

Kourtney Brunings, of Hazen, swims the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay Sept. 22 against Liberty. Brunings, with Kayla DiMicco, Amy LeBar and Taylor Gale, used the decisive win to break the point tie and give the Highlanders’ their team victory. By Greg Farrar

After 11 events between the Liberty High School Patriots and the Hazen Highlanders at Sept. 22’s dual swim meet, the teams were tied going into the final 400-yard freestyle relay.

With a final time of 3 minutes, 57.71 seconds, Hazen’s relay team grabbed eight critical points to narrowly clinch a final score of 95-88 in favor of the Highlanders.

Liberty coach Kris Daughters said she opted out of bringing the Liberty diving team —which cost the Patriots 13 critical points — due to safety concerns related to the depth of the Hazen pool. The pool Liberty practices in is 10 feet deep, while Hazen’s is only 8 feet deep.

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Hazen, Liberty swimmers take to state meet Nov. 13

December 2, 2010

Swimmers from Hazen and Liberty high schools competed at the state meet at the King County Aquatic Center Nov. 13, earning their schools 10th- and 15th-place finishes, respectively.

Hazen’s Lauren Kaufman came out strong, taking first in state in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23 seconds and 31 hundredths of a second, and first in 100 freestyle with a time of 51.26. Both performances are considered All-America times.

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Eagles sink Patriot swimmers in the last event before snowstorms

January 2, 2009

Austin Briggs, Liberty High School junior, swims the breaststroke leg of his winning 200-yard individual medley against Issaquah, taking about two seconds off his personal best time. By Greg Farrar

Austin Briggs, Liberty High School junior, swims the breaststroke leg of his winning 200-yard individual medley against Issaquah, taking about two seconds off his personal best time. By Greg Farrar

In the last high school sports event before the harsh winter weather hit, the Issaquah and Liberty high schools’ boys swim and dive teams took to the pool Dec. 16 in what coaches consider one of the more friendly meets of Read more

Hazen swimmer makes her mark at state meet

December 9, 2008

Lauren Kaufman, a sophomore at Hazen High School, looks up for her time as she finishes third in the 50-yard freestyle and later fifth in the 100-yard freestyle event at the state 3A championship last month at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Photo by Greg Farrar

Lauren Kaufman, a sophomore at Hazen High School, looks up for her time as she finishes third in the 50-yard freestyle and later fifth in the 100-yard freestyle event at the state 3A championship last month at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Photo by Greg Farrar

Lauren Kaufman wasn’t fazed by the swimsuit worn by the Olympic games qualifier in the next lane. The sophomore swimmer at Hazen High School placed third in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class Read more

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