Athletes of the Week for Feb. 7, 2013

February 7, 2013 

Boys: Ashton Pollick, Jr., Richland

The night before his district final in the 200-yard individual medley, Pollick told his mother that he would break former Richland swimmer Tyler Pickett’s district record in the event.

On Saturday, he made good on his vow, winning in 1 minute, 59.68 seconds and easily beating Pickett’s mark of 2:00.86.

“I kind of threw my fist in the water from the excitement,” Pollick said. “I was really excited that I broke 2 minutes because that’s a big milestone in that race.”

Pollick also won the 100 backstroke, defeating teammate Luke Jackson, and swam on the first-place 200-yard medley relay team.

“I think Luke and I will have a really good race at state,” he said. “I know we’ll both get into finals with the times we had at districts.”

Pollick has big goals for next weekend’s state meet in Federal Way. Chief among them is getting down to 1:56 and becoming the school record-holder in the 200 IM.

“We weren’t really rested at all for districts, and they’re just starting to rest us now for state,” he said. “I think that with actual real resting, I can get that record for the Richland Bombers. That’s my main goal for the meet.”


• Favorite food: Spaghetti

• Favorite nonsport activity: Being lazy at home

• Favorite athlete: Ryan Lochte. He does the same races I do — the back and IM.

• Most like to meet (living or dead): Lochte

• Favorite class: Photography last semester

• Premeet ritual: Before finals for the big competitions, I like to take ice baths, and I stretch a lot. I usually eat a lot of spaghetti the week before. Last week before districts, I had two nights worth of spaghetti.

• Must-have on the road: My headphones. I’m pretty much always listening to music.

• Favorite movie: Ocean’s Thirteen

• Favorite TV show: Fringe (family owns all the seasons except the latest one)

• Last book read (not for school): The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events No. 13) by Lemony Snicket

• Best song on your iPod: Till I Collapse by Eminem. It just kind of gets me in the zone.

• Favorite pool: King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way

• Best advice from coach: “This is your race. Give it your all. Don’t worry about your time or who’s around you. Just worry about yourself and give it your all.” — My club coach, Jennifer Tonkyn

• With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Champs Sports

• Favorite restaurant: Applebee’s

• Dream vacation: Italy

• Favorite place: Jamaica — we went there on a cruise for Christmas break.

• Million dollars: Probably spend it on clothes, a car, stuff for my room

• Why he swims: It’s an individual sport. You have to rely on teammates for points in big meets, but you have to depend on yourself to do well.

Girls: Haley Martineau, Sr., Columbia (Burbank)

With River View in the house Saturday night, those in the crowd at Columbia (Burbank)’s gym were ready for a spirited matchup between the SCAC East rivals.

After the game, Martineau left everyone in awe of her dominating performance on Senior Night.

Martineau shot 8-for-8 from 3-point range in the second half and almost equaled her opponent’s point total on her own, finishing with 30 points in a 62-34 Columbia (Burbank) victory.

“I heard my coach say I hit five in a row,” Martineau said. “After that, I was kind of shocked that they kept falling.”

Martineau, who entered the night averaging about four points a game, didn’t expect to be in the spotlight. She’s usually dishing the ball off to her teammates or helping out on defense. But hearing everyone talk about her big scoring night — she finished 9-of-9 from the field — was a memory she said she would cherish from her senior season.

“My team kept me going,” she said. “They were almost a little more excited than I was.”


• Favorite food: Spaghetti

• Favorite nonsport activity: Reading

• Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan

• Most like to meet (living or dead): Albert Einstein

• Any unusual talents?: I rodeo (has been on the Washington High School Equestrian Team since freshman year).

• Sports highlight/memory: Was a tenth off the record for bale run in rodeo sophomore year

• Favorite class: Math

• Pregame ritual: I always eat a Twix. I take the caramel and chocolate first and eat the wafer last.

• Must-have on the road: Sometimes I bring a Pillow Pet

• Favorite movie: Love & Basketball

• Favorite TV show: Friends

• Last book read (not for school): Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten

• Best song on your iPod: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

• Career plans: Occupational therapist — my mom’s an occupational therapy assistant, so I’ve been around it for a while. I’ve volunteered through my mom’s work.

• Favorite place to compete: The SunDome’s always fun to go to.

• Best advice from coach: “How are you gonna respond?” and “Celebrate the pass.” — Columbia (Burbank) coach John Muchlinski

• With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Buckle

• Favorite restaurant: Mongolian

• Dream vacation: Ireland or Paris

• Favorite place: Hawaii

• Million dollars: Get my own piece of land and have a ranch off it.

• Why she plays basketball: I’ve played since I’ve been in first grade. My sister plays, and my dad played in high school, and all his brothers played. My uncle’s the women’s coach at Clackamas Community College.

• What she likes most about basketball: Being with a great group with girls and being able to share the need to compete. That’s always exciting.

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