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Big surprise highlights swim finals

North Bend gets a late win, Newport breaks through among repeats
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - In the lull between the final two events at the Class 4A state swim finals at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday, North Bend coach Sasha Trichler tracked down her nearby swimmers and showed the a key result - Catlin Gabel had been disqualified from the final relay event. And, that bumped the Bulldogs into first.

It was an unexpected state championship and the girls reacted accordingly.

On the boys side of the same meet, Newport won its first title, although without the drama as it dominated the meet.

In the Class 6A meet there was plenty of drama in scoring for the girls, and Sunset edged Jesuit by 1.5 points, which in the overall aspects of the meet boiled down to a few tenths of seconds in numerous races. Jesuit's boys won their fourth straight title.

Bend won the boys and girls 5A titles for the second consecutive year.

 

Swimmers head for finals

Jesuit, Sunset programs head to Gresham as favorites
Staff report

Jesuit High and neighborhood rival Sunset head to Gresham this week as the favorites to win yet another state championship in boys and girls swimming.

Jesuit has won the past three boys titles after Sunset had a run of four straight, while the two schools won the past two girls titles.

Last year, Jesuit topped Sunset in the boys final, while Sunset topped Jesuit in the girls.

The preliminary rounds are Friday at Mt. Hood Community College for the 6A, 5A and 4A meets, with the finals beginning Saturday morning for 6A schools.

Hillsboro and Sweet Home are the defending boys champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

Bend and Sweet Home are the defending girls champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

A team hasn't repeated at the 4A boys meet since Summit in 2015, and Sweet Home in 2010 for the 4A meet.

In the girls finals, Summit last repeated in 2014, while Sweet Home is the two-time champion at 4A.

 

 

Jesuit, Sunset snag swim titles

Sunset's girls, Jesuit's boys keep Metro League in control
Staff report

GRESHAM - In one of the closest finishes in the state's history of swimming, Sunset rallied in the final event and won the Class 6A girls title by slightly less than four seconds at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday.

The Apollos won the final event, the 400-meter freestyle relay, by 3.38 seconds to beat Jesuit 203-199 in the overall standings. With Jesuit out of entries and not in the final, Sunset needed to win the event to overtake the Crusaders, and did when freshman Tia Lindsey hit the wall, finishing in 3 minutes, 36.50 seconds to score 32 points. Lakeridge finished second in 3:40.38.

Jesuit, which featured three seniors on its final relay squad, won the 400-freestyle relay on the boys side and easily outscored Sunset, 246-113, to win the state title for the third consecutive year, a string that followed four-straight titles by Sunset.

A team from the Metro League has won the girls title for 13 consecutive years.

Individually, Centennial senior Jamie Stone won the 50 and 100 freestyle finals for the fourth consecutive year, making her one of the state's top individual at a historic level.

In other finals, Bend won the Class 5A girls title for the second time in three years, while Hillsboro won on the boys side.

At Class 4A, Sweet Home won both the boys and girls championships, defending its girls title from a year ago and winning a boys title for the first time since 2010.

 

 

 

 

Stitt preparing for another record run

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.

 

 

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