Shaun Scott/staff photo
                                Mercer Island boys swim team head coach Evan Moline, who is in his second season leading the Islanders program, graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011. The 24-year-old Moline is a graduate of Washington State University.

Shaun Scott/staff photo Mercer Island boys swim team head coach Evan Moline, who is in his second season leading the Islanders program, graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2011. The 24-year-old Moline is a graduate of Washington State University.

Islanders swim team is striving for a state title

Expectations never waver for the Mercer Island boys swim team in the pool.

During the 2016-17 season, the Islanders captured third place at the Class 3A state swim meet. Islanders swim head coach Evan Moline, who is in his second season leading the program, is confident the 2017-18 Islanders squad can perform even better this season.

“We want to win state (title). We have a lot of talent. We lost a few seniors from last year but we have at least five incoming freshman that I think are going to make an immediate impact. We also have a lot of solid athletes returning. It is going to be a great year,” Moline explained. “I think that strength in numbers is going to be really helpful in practices and meets. There will be a lot of competition, which will help team camaraderie and all that kind of stuff.”

The 24-year-old 2011 Mercer Island graduate is excited about leading the swim program at his alma-mater for the second consecutive season.

“It’s nice because it gives me a chance to give back to the program that did so much for me. It is definitely much easier because there is no transition from coming in as a new coach,” Moline said of being in his second season as head coach. “Now I know a lot of the guys from the previous season. It is easier to talk to them about what is expected and what our practices are going to look like. A lot of them have already been talking to me about what they want to achieve by the end of the season, which is cool. This team has great aspirations. Knowing them a little bit better (this season) helps me understand how I need to help them get to the point where they want to go.”

Depth across all events will be one of the Islanders’ biggest strengths during the 2017-18 season.

“We’re looking at districts and state and are going to try to get as many people as we can into those two meets. That will give ourselves the best chance of succeeding (at state meet),” Moline said. “A lot of them are going to be fighting for spots because we’re only allowed four district spots and four state spots (in each event). We will alter our lineup to make sure we get as many people as we can into the meet so we can score as many points as we can. It is going to be a tough battle. We will see how we will be able to maneuver ourselves to give it our best chance.”

Moline said seniors Oliver Hoff and Kyle Bailey are two of the most experienced athletes in the pool this season for the Islanders.

“Those guys have been to state ever year. Oliver has been big in the 200 (free) and 500 (free) every year and Kyle has been big in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke,” he said.

More in Sports

Mercer Island football player Hunter Johnson, left, makes a play against the Issaquah Eagles during a non-league game this past September. Johnson was one of three Islanders football players that captured 2A/3A KingCo first-team, all-league honors. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Islanders football players earn accolades for stellar 2018 season

A plethora of Mercer Island Islanders football players earned 2A/3A KingCo all-league… Continue reading

The Mercer Island Islanders boys water polo team (pictured) earned fifth place at the Washington water polo state tournament on Nov. 9 at the Curtis Aquatic Center in University Place. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland
Islanders earn fifth place at state water polo tournament

Mercer Island defeats Bellevue in season finale.

Ryan Pang (pictured on the far right) poses for a photo with teammates Sam Schroerlucke, Chris Groer and Ross Duncan in Miami. Photo courtesy of Ryan Pang
Pang competes at ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships

Mercer Island tennis coach partakes in an experience of a lifetime.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls swim team earned a fifth-place finish at the Class 3A state swim meet on Nov. 10 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
                                The 200 IM relay team consisting of Alexandra Williams, Grace Olsen, Cayla Prophater and Elie Bailey captured fifth place. The 200 free relay squad of Annie Pearse, Julia Williamson, Hailey Vandenbosch and Bailey finished in sixth place. The 400 free relay quartet of Pearse, Prophater, Vandenbosch and Williamson captured sixth place as well. Prophater earned fourth place in the 200 IM and third place in the 500 free. Sophia McGuffin registered a third-place finish in diving and Pearse finished in fifth place in the 100 free. Photo courtesy of Allison Nelson
Islanders earn fifth place at Class 3A state swim meet

Mercer Island swim team performs well at state swim competition.

Mercer Island senior midfielder Jackie Stenberg, right, tries to keep the ball away from Bonney Lake midfielder Summer Kober, left, in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs on Nov. 6 at Mercer Island High School. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Islanders cruise past Panthers in first round of state playoffs

Mercer Island pitches shutout against Bonney Lake.

A Mercer Island based tennis team, representing the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pacific Northwest Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 40 Over 3.0 Men’s National Championships on Oct. 28 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Mercer Island team, which is based out of of the Mercer Island Country Club, defeated a squad from San Francisco, California 3-2 in the title match. Members of the Mercer Island squad consisted of John Whipple, Bernard Hensey, Brian Rogers, Christopher Loiselle, Christopher Martin, Dean Martin, Dean Winston, Jeff Omara, Richard Aylen and Ryan Flynn. Photo courtesy of the United States Tennis Association
Mercer Island tennis team wins national title

Team based out of Mercer Island Country Club dominates at coveted tournament.

Mercer Island junior Carter Burr (pictured) catches a pass in the flat from quaterback Clay Dippold in the first quarter of play against Bellevue. Bellevue defeated Mercer Island, 47-0, on Oct. 26. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Wolverines cruise to a victory against Islanders

Mercer Island finishes the 2018 season with an overall record of 6-3.

The Mercer Island Islanders girls soccer team captured a 1-0 victory against the Bellevue Wolverines on Oct. 25 in the regular season finale for both teams. Jackie Stenberg (pictured) scored the lone goal of the game between rival schools. The Islanders finished the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 15-0-1. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Ault Justus
Islanders earn victory against Wolverines in rivalry matchup

Mercer Island finishes the 2018 regular season with 15 wins.

A Mercer Island-based women’s tennis team, which represented the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest section, earned a national title at the USTA League Adult 40 Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 21 at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. The Mercer Island team defeated a Cornelius, North Carolina squad 3-2 in the championship match. Members of the championship roster included Carol Gregory, Nancy Smith, Susie Harrington, Diane Panteleakos, Cindy Paborsky, Suzy Skone, Heidi Martin, Hilary Benson, Molly Fort, Ildi Koves, Shawn Wood, Kelly Everson and Leigh Perks. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ong/USTA
Mercer Island tennis team wins national title

Championship squad trains at Mercer Island Country Club.

Islanders player Leif Gullstad (No. 12) makes his fourth steal of the game in a matchup against the Ballard Beavers on Oct. 15. Photo courtesy of Dawn Friedland
Mercer Island loses close contest to Ballard

Islanders lose in home contest against Beavers.

The epitome of a legend

Paul Allen will always be remembered for saving professional football in Seattle.

Islanders water polo team loses to Bellevue, Roosevelt

Mercer Island remains optimistic despite recent defeats.