Kylie Mosset capped off her prep career in fine fashion.
The vivacious senior finished second at the State Meet on November 10-11 in Federal Way. Her fellow Falcons also fared well. Senior Laina Emerick finished 14th overall in the 100 meter backstroke, and junior Lauren Drews finished 22nd overall in the 50 meter freestyle.
“We had a really good time,” Woodinville coach George Sayah said.
Sayah expressed great appreciation for Mosset’s effort.
“She has been a really big part of the Swim and Dive program, and Woodinville athletics in general,” Sayah said. “She and [diving coach Deb Shelton] worked together every day. And she’s really mentally tough, which you have to be in that sport. As you can imagine, you’re standing there on the [diving] board, and you’re trying to clear your mind of everything that’s going on. That’s not always easy, with all the activity going on. But she was focused. And she will have a good career past Woodinville, that’s for sure.”
Mosset will be diving next year for Bowling Green University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Meanwhile, senior Laina Emerick missed several months earlier this year as she recovered from a stress fracture in her knee. She battled through it to conclude her prep career in 14th place in the 100 backstroke at State.
“Laina was always upbeat this season,” Sayah said. “She had a realistic expectation knowing that she had been out of the water and away from the sport as she waited for her stress fracture to heal. So when she got in the water in August, after a long break, she knew it wasn’t going to all come back at once. She was consistent, and continued to show up every day with a good attitude. Every time she got in the water, she got a little bit better. And she had her best time at the State meet. Which is the way we want it to work.”
Last but not least, junior Lauren Drews came in 22nd in the 50 meter freestyle.
“What’s really exciting about Lauren is that as we enter the postseason, we have to sit down with the athletes and talk about which individual races they want to swim,” Sayah said. “They may qualify in eight different races, but we have to pick two. Because they can only swim in two individual races in the postseason.
“With Lauren, in her career she’s been a sprinter,” he said. “She’s strong in the 50 and 100 freestyle. But as it turned out, she had a really fast 500 freestyle time. And so the way that worked out, she swam the 50 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Our shortest and longest events. For a sprinter to put all her fears aside and swim also in the longest event, was really phenomenal. It really spoke to the type of athlete that she is.”
As Sayah concluded his first season as Falcon coach, how will he remember this inaugural year?
“I was proud of how tight the team was,” he said. “How they looked after each other and cared about one another. I’ll be really proud of the effort and how hard everyone worked. But I’m still learning too, as a coach. There will be things I will look back on and think I could have handled that situation differently.
“Also, a goal of mine at the beginning of the season was to get at least a relay [team} at State, and preferably two,” he said. “And we just missed it this year. So I will be looking to correct that next season… Getting relays as far as you can into the postseason really brings a team together.”