The Sunset senior quells a year of anticipation by snapping a 29-year-old mark
Feb. 15, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
After a year of waiting, Sunset senior Cameron Stitt finally found his way into the OSAA record books by establishing a new record in the 500-yard freestyle at the state swim championships at Mt. Hood Community College Friday night.
Stitt swam the 20-lap race in 4 minutes, 25.21 seconds, beating the record set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984 by more than two seconds. Stitt had missed the record of 4:27.33 by 0.51 seconds last year. He spent all year preparing for a record try and set out to make it happen in the preliminaries rather than the final.
"I wanted to get the record tonight, to get it out of the way," Stitt said. "I felt very good at the start of the race, and just finished well.
"It feels good to have gotten that."
Sunset qualified first in four of the 11 races to more than set itself as the favorite to repeat as boys champion.
Sunset and West Linn continue to figure as the top girls contenders.
WIth Stitt's new record in the 500 free, Lauren Thies of Lincoln holds the oldest swim record at the state championship meet having swam 4:47.34 in the 500 free in 1997.
Joni Huntley holds the oldest individual record in either swimming or track and field, having cleared 6 feet in the high jump in 1974 while at Sheridan. The record has been equalled, but not surpassed.
The Sunset senior was on the verge of breaking a three-decade old record
Feb. 7, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
In the seconds after finishing the 500-yard freestyle state final last year, Sunset junior Cameron Stitt looked at the scoreboard and saw his time - he saw how close he was to setting the state record in the event. Just inches.
Stitt won the race by nearly 20 seconds, but finished second to Alex Stiles' time from Lincoln by just 0.51 seconds, the time needed to swim just a foot or maybe two. Stitt won in 4:27.84, just off Stiles' time of 4:27.33.
The national prep record is 4:16.39.
This year, Stitt will again be aiming to break that record - the longest remaining meet record in the state - when Class 6A, 5A and 4A school descend on Mt. Hood Community College, Feb. 15-16.
Sunset is the defending Class 6A boys champion, aided by two individual wins by Stitt and two on relay teams. Jesuit won the girls title.
The Metro League district meet is set for Friday and Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
Five other districts are set to compete at the Class 6A level, which Lincoln of Portland joining the Metro League, while Grant of Portland joins the Three Rivers League.
Class 5A also features six districts, while Class 4A has four.