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Falcons excited for Wenatchee Invite; ready for season

  • Written by Derek Johnson

Life without Kylie Mosset has begun. The star diver who had such a stellar showing at State last year, has moved on to Bowling Green University.

Such is life in high school sports. The arrival of a new season heralds a new crop of youngsters to take the lead.

MannWoodinville diver Danielle Mann in action last year. (Photo by Derek Johnson) “Kylie had such an incredible influence on the program,” Woodinville coach George Sayah said. “And she’s going to go on to do great things in her collegiate career. We’re really grateful for the time we had with her. The same with Laina Emerick, she had a similar influence with the impact she had on our program. As well as Pauline Chalmers. And now some new people will have a chance to follow in those footsteps.”

Sheridan Douglas will be the dive team captain. Lauren Drews and Amy Boyer will be the swim team captains. The stated emphasis is on continuing the legacy created by the graduated captains. “We really do have the Next Man Up philosophy,” Sayah said.

Over this summer, the Falcons worked on conditioning and camaraderie. Sometimes Sayah likes conducting team workouts away from the swimming pool. Environments like the weight room lead to better communication and interaction, he said. 

“This summer we got both the men and women’s programs together,” Sayah said. “It was wonderful from the perspective of two programs training together and the camaraderie that was formed. And we also trained outside, which was helpful. They all came together really well. It was so much fun for us coaches to watch. Really cool and a lot of fun.”

Woodinville practices start on August 20th. And the season officially kicks off against Bothell on September 6. But the team will travel to Wenatchee on Labor Day weekend for an Invitational meet.
“The athletes will carpool over on Friday, then compete on Saturday against various schools,” Sayah said. “It’s an incredible bonding opportunity. Traditionally, it’s an amazing opportunity for the athletes to get to know each other and get the season off on the right foot.

“We will hit the ground running,” Sayah said, with pun probably not intended.

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