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