Lakeside saw two of its teams win State Championships on Saturday. The Girls Swim & Dive team won its third consecutive state championship, and the Volleyball team won its first state championship in school history. Competing at the 3A level of the WIAA, these two teams put the finishing touches on an amazing body of work over the fall. Lakeside's director of athletics, Chris Hartley, commented, "The accomplishments of these two teams throughout this season are strong indicators of the athletes' talent, dedication, and commitment to be at their best and be incredible teammates. Both teams were led by incredible coaches."
In fact, in addition to the state titles, the head coaches received recognition for their work. Head Girls Swim & Dive coach, Susan Mayfield, was named the Metro Coach of the Year and the WISCA State Coach of the Year. Teron Uy, head Volleyball coach and program head, was named the Star Times Coach of the Year in Volleyball.
This is a season that will be remembered for a long time!
Girls Swim & Dive: Undefeated for Three Straight Seasons
Since the 2014 season, the Girls Swim & Dive team has not lost a meet. They are three-time Metro Champions, three-time SeaKing District Champions, and three-time State Champions. Head coach Susan Mayfield commented on this season's accomplishments: "I am so proud of the way the Girls Swim & Dive team embraced TEAMWORK throughout the season and used this positive energy to bring home the State Championship title after an undefeated season. The girls in the State Finals really rose to the occasion and put forth some incredible performances with the support of their teammates and Lakeside supporters in the stands."
To defend their State Championship Title this past weekend, they had to do it in a way rarely needed over the past three years - they had to come from behind.
The District Meet two weeks ago gave a perfect preview of the excitement in store for this past weekend at the King County Aquatic Center. At that meet, the Lions outlasted the young and talented Bellevue team by only six points (214-208). Swimmers and divers score in 11 of the 12 events, with enough balance to continually raise their point total as each race concluded.
The two-day state meet would similarly pit Lakeside against Bellevue in a battle of speed, depth, and consistency. Going into Saturday night, the Lions were projected to come in second by about 25 points. The only way to keep the state trophy at Lakeside would be to move up spots in all of the races; this meant that swimmers would have to post their best times in their careers.
Led by three senior state participants, Caroline W., Amber C. and Yasmin L., the team rallied together for what would be a very challenging night.
The Medley Relay of Isabel C. '19, Hannah R. '18, Amber C. '17 and Mengmeng G. '18 set the tone for the meet by moving up two spots and coming in second place. Their time of 1:47.67 is the fourth fastest time in 3A State History.
Nathalie V. '20 carried the same momentum in her two events by moving up one spot in the 200-Free to capture fifth and one spot in the 500-Free to claim third, posting personal bests in each.
Caroline W, '17 capped off an amazing career with a second place finish in the 50-Free and a third place in the 100-Free. Her 50-Free time broke her own school record and placed her in rarefied air with a sub-24-second 50-Free race.
Amber C. '17 had the tall task of defending her 2015 Diving State Championship. She came into the weekend seeded sixth, but set out to prove that she was still the best this state has to offer. When the splashes settled, she finished a microscopic 0.4 points behind the first place finisher (422.1 - 421.7) and gained the team vital second place points. As the only diver in the field who was also swimming in the State Championship meet, she had to go immediately from bouncing off a one-meter spring board to racing in the 100-Butterfly. She placed eighth in the fly and proved to be the most versatile athlete of the meet as the only swimmer and diver at the meet for the second year in a row.
In the 100-Butterfly, Isabel C. '19 continued her amazing weekend by coming in second with a time that broke her own Lakeside record from last year. She somehow even outdid that amazing performance by taking another second place in the 100-Backstroke and another Lakeside school record, this time breaking a 29-year-old record by State Hall of Famer and three-time All-American Chandy Gooding '88.
Hannah R. '18, feeding off of the energy her teammates and the palpable momentum in the lanes containing swimmers with large L's on their caps, moved up two spots in the 100-Free and three spots in the 100-Breast to continue chipping away at the evaporating lead with which Bellevue entered the night.
Sophia C. '19 continued the team strategy of dropping time and jumping places by moving up two spots in the 500-Free, shedding 3 seconds from her previous personal best.
The lone first place medal won by the Lions came from their 200-Free Relay team, consisting of Amber C. '17, Yasmin L. '17, Nathalie V. '20, and Caroline W. '17. They swam the fourth fastest time in state history for any classification. This marks the fourth year in a row Lakeside won this particular event. Lakeside now holds three of the top four times in the history of the State Meet.
In the final event of the night, the 400-Free Relay of Nathalie V. '20, Isabel C. '19, Hannah R. '18 and Caroline W. '19, put together an incredible race in the most impressive meet in Lakeside Swim & Dive history. By finishing fourth, this relay team secured enough points to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
The Lions finished the night winning its third straight State Championship with 244 points, ten clear of Bellevue. After losing five of the 13 members of our 2015 State Championship Team, Lakeside was not predicted to three-peat. Led by an amazing coaching staff – Susan Mayfield, Matt Miller, and Rob Sjoberg – the athletes rose to every challenge this fall. Congratulations to the WIAA 3A State Champions!
Volleyball: The First State Title in School History
Like the Girls Swim & Dive team, Lakeside's volleyball team captured all three post-season titles: they are Metro Champions, SeaKing District Champions, and State Champions. Coach Teron Uy is proud of his team and summarized the season by stating, "What an incredible end to the season for this team. The athletes worked hard developing consistency in their mental and physical approach to training and competing. It was not easy, and on many days, very daunting. I'm proud of the kids for their ability to overcome adversity; their ability to face their fears of being pressured; and their ability to move past short-term failure. Ultimately, this allowed us to play four matches with unflappable confidence and energy."
The team left for Kennewick, WA on Thursday knowing that they would need to win four matches to be crowned State Champions. Their first opponent was Prairie High School out of Vancouver, WA. The Lions took the first two sets, 25-15. The Falcons won the third set, 25-19, and the Lions dug in. They defeated Prairie with a convincing 25-15 fourth set. As had been the case all season, the team was victorious due to great serving and incredible team play.
Next up for the Lions was Timberline High School in a late evening match at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Lakeside was victorious in three sets (25-12, 25-19, and 25-18). The team headed for the hotel knowing that they were going to playing in the state semifinals. Their opponent, Capital High School, had survived against Bellevue in a five-set match.
Saturday was a magical day for the Lions. Their semifinal match was the easiest of the weekend. The won three straight sets and did not have to expend much energy. They only allowed 11 points in the first set, matched that in the second set, and gave up ten points in the third set. They were scheduled to play in the championship match against Mt. Spokane High School. The Wildcats had won their semifinal match 3-0.
A few hours before the final match, the team let its fans know that this match's outcome might have destiny on its side. The three four-year varsity seniors, Katherine O., Chloe L. and Kallin S. wore the numbers 11, 12, 16. Put into the form of a date, these seniors represented 11/12/16, the very day of the state championship match. Spirits were high as the team warmed up.
From the very first point (a point for Lakeside off of Katherine O. serve), Lakeside was unmatchable in attitude, quickness, adjustments, and hustle. The Wildcats were down quickly and seemed confused. They could not find a way to get their best outside hitter a free swing, and the Lions were incredible in every area: Maddie R. '19 set the ball beautifully; Chloe L. '17 did not let anything hit the floor as the libero; Katherine O. '17 and Kallin S. '17 pounded the ball over the net from the outside; Reilly P. '18 and Molly W. '17 blocked in the middle and punished the ball on quick sets; and, Ella S-D. '17 came in and served with accuracy creating tough plays for the Wildcats.
The Lions won the state championship in three straight sets: 25-15, 25-15, 25-19. This is the first volleyball state championship in Lakeside history, and it couldn't have happened to a finer group of athletes and coaches.
Both programs represent the best that Lakeside has to offer. Every athlete on these teams is committed to practicing at the highest level and being a positive and supportive teammate. The coaches care deeply about their athletes, are experts at teaching the skills and strategies of their sports, and focus on process over product. Saturday, November 12, 2016 was a great day in Lakeside Athletics history. And, we are truly grateful to the athletes for everything they did to make the day an amazing one. Go Lions!