Virginia swimmer Matt King, a Glacier Peak High School graduate. (Matt Riley / UVA Athletic Communications)

Virginia swimmer Matt King, a Glacier Peak High School graduate. (Matt Riley / UVA Athletic Communications)

Community roundup: GP grad part of record-breaking relay team

Matt King helps set a new national 200-yard freestyle relay standard, a Lakewood grad gets national recognition and more.

The Glacier Peak High School graduate Matt King, now a sophomore on the University of Virginia men’s swimming and diving team, was part of the Cavaliers’ 200-yard freestyle relay team that set a new national record in the event during the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place Feb. 15-19 in Atlanta.

King, along with Matt Brownstead, Connor Boyle and August Lamb, won the event in a time of 1 minute, 14.47 seconds. King, who swam the second leg, was clocked in a time of 18.49. It was the third-fastest leg swam by any competitor in the final.

Virginia broke the previous record of 1:14.50, which was set by North Carolina State in 2018.

King’s best individual performance at the meet came in the 100 freestyle, where he finished second in a time of 41.89, the second-fastest time in school history. King’s efforts helped Virginia finish fourth in the team standings.

Next up for King is the NCAA Championship meet, which takes place March 23-26 back in Atlanta.

Lakewood’s Linscott earns national recognition

Lakewood High School graduate Sam Linscott, now a senior outfielder on the Lewis-Clark State College baseball team, was named the NAIA National Player of the Week for Feb. 21-27.

The Warriors only played two games last week because of schedule changes, but Linscott made the most of them, going 5-for-8 with three home runs and nine RBI in a doubleheader sweep against Eastern Oregon.

Linscott is off to a scorching start, batting .475 with four homers, 33 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 20 games. Lewis-Clark State is 19-1 and ranked No. 4 in the NAIA coaches poll.

Arlington’s Schepple wins NWAC award

Arlington High School graduate Sierra Schepple, now a first-year guard on the Lane Community College women’s basketball team, was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 7-13.

Schepple found the range from 3-point distance in victories over Clackamas and Southwestern Oregon, going 11-for-22 on 3-pointers over the two contests. She ended up averaging 21.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals in the two games.

For the season Schepple is averaging a team-high 16.4 points and leading NWAC in 3-point shooting at 51.1%. Lane is undefeated at 22-0 and ranked No. 1 in the latest NWAC coaches poll.

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