SVSJ preview: Mount Si boys’ swim team proceeding towards life as a standalone program, with historic goal ahead for one athlete

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you know, we already completed our series of winter high school sports previews. However, we got word that Mount Si High School was fielding a boys’ swim team this season, and we offered their program a chance to be a part of our previews, which they graciously accepted, and we want to thank parent Kevin Cooney for helping us out on this preview. With that, here is their preview for the upcoming season, and we wish the boys luck in the water starting on Thursday.

Mount Si High School’s boys’ swimming program is seeing a bit of growth this winter, as nine boys have turned out for the team.

Because the numbers are still small, the Wildcats this season will be partnering with Liberty High School’s team, but if the growth continues, look for Mount Si perhaps within the next couple of years to be able to form its own standalone boys’ swim team, similar to what the girls have done for the past couple of years. Patrick Stewart, the Wildcat girls’ swim coach, will handle coaching responsibilities for Mount Si when the team reaches postseason, but for regular season meets, Liberty’s longtime coach Kris Daughters handles the head coaching duties.

The top returners from last season’s Wildcat team, which was winless at 0-6 but had several postseason entrants, are sophomores Jerry Zhu and Kian Cooney. Also on the team this season are juniors Trevor Moulton and Tyler MacDonald, sophomore Ian George and freshmen Connor Gibbs, Scott Kindelburger, David Miller and Dillon Wakeford. They will all participate with Liberty in regular season meets but have their scores separated from Patriot scores, with Mount Si going it alone in the postseason as a 4A team.

According to team parent Kevin Cooney, the goal of the Wildcat group this season is to get kids back to postseason, particularly a relay team and a couple of individuals. Among those looking to punch that ticket is his son Kian, who aims to make it to state in the 100m breaststroke, which if that were to occur could make him the first Mount Si state swim entrant in school history. We’ll check on that for you, but that’s a lofty goal for sure that he hopes to accomplish this season, one, which if he does, could really build interest in the program and fuel future growth.

Mount Si’s nine will open their season with Liberty’s team on Thursday with a meet at Juanita High School’s pool in Kirkland. They will also have meets on December 14, January 4, 9, 11, 13, 23 and 25 with most meets starting at 3:45. The full schedule is on Kingco’s website; just look for Liberty’s swimming schedule in the 2A/3A section to find the meets.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman’s coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.

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