On the water, and our Athletes of the Week this week…..

Good Monday morning. We have our Athletes of the Week in a moment, as we start our winter sports’ boys selections for you. First, though, some swimming.

Mount Si’s boys’ swim contingent opened their season this past Thursday taking on Lake Washington. Solid results were seen around the meet from Wildcat athletes.

In individual action, Kian Cooney took second in the 100 yard breaststroke, clocking 1:06.96, and teammate Trevor Moulton took fifth (1:35.76). Jerry Zhu finished third for Mount Si in the 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:06.73, and Cooney took third in the 100 yard freestyle, clocking 56.05 seconds, followed by Zhu in fifth (57.80). Ian George was fourth in the 50 yard freestyle (28.29) followed by David Miller in fifth (29.53).

Zhu, Cooney, George and Miller teamed up for Mount Si in the 200 medley relay with the foursome finishing third with a time of 2:02.21, and the 200 yard freestyle relay crew of George, Miller, Cooney and Trevor Moulton took third in that race for the Wildcats with a time of 2:02.73. Rounding it out, Connor Gibbs, Scott Kindelburger and Dillon Wakeford also competed for Mount Si in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events. The three brought up the back ends of Mount Si results in both events, with Gibbs. Kindelburger and Wakeford finishing sixth-eighth in the 50 yard race and eighth-10th respectively in the 100.

Mount Si is back in action on Thursday teaming with Liberty as they compete against Bellevue at Boehm Pool in Issaquah. Speaking of the Patriots, the Liberty guys fell to LW in their action this past week as well.

Now to our athletes of the week. The two boys we are recognizing here are being recognized not just for on-field success, but success off it as well.

CEDARCREST – To hoops, and senior Aaron Davenport is our AotW this week on the strength of a busy 48 hours this past Tuesday and Wednesday. Davenport on the hardwood scored 18 points to lead the Red Wolves to a big win this past Tuesday – over Archbishop Murphy – then he missed this past Wednesday’s Red Wolves blowout loss at home to Mountlake Terrace for good reason.

Davenport was at a special dinner on Wednesday night in which he was recognized as one of two Cedarcrest nominees for the Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete award that is handed out by the Snohomish County Football Officials’ Association, the group that oversees football referees in the Cascade Conference. Davenport, who was the starting quarterback for the Red Wolves football team this fall, was recognized for his excellence both on and off the field as a representative of CHS’s football program, in such areas as academics, community service and volunteerism within the school. A total of 48 athletes from both the Wesco and Cascade Conferences were recognized at this dinner. Good stuff, and we wish Aaron the best on the hardwood this fall, and on the diamond this spring. CHS hosts Cedar Park Christian tomorrow.

MOUNT SI – To the pool, and Cooney gets our nod this week. In addition to his excellent performance for Mount Si on Thursday in the water, he helped the school receive a prestigious nod in a computer security contest.

The school’s so-called “Siber Defense Club”, which deals with Internet cyber-security topics, recently participated in a contest called “Capture the Flag” which was sponsored by a Russian university. According to the SVSD, the Mount Si group, which included Cooney, took fourth out of all US-based teams in the worldwide competition. And it was hard work, too – they had to stay up all night between November 4 and 5 competing in this contest, with Cooney among just three MSHS students, the others being Aayush Singh and Ben Schumacher, that represented the Wildcats in this competition. Mount Si, to take fourth in the US, beat out a New Mexico high school for that high nod.

Topics discussed as part of this year’s competition included cryptography, reverse engineering, passwords and steganography.

Good stuff, and another example of what the school is doing to give kids an opportunity to excel in a changing world. Cyber security, as you all know, is becoming a bigger and bigger topic all the time, as it impacts each and every one of us, so for the school to offer kids education in this area and then the kids having success at it speaks to how our community can and is helping shape future generations in this very important area.

Mount Si in the pool this week takes on Bellevue.

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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