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 Crusaders move up from second last year, while Century repeats
Feb. 21, 2015
GRESHAM - Despite winning just one individual race, Jesuit's boys swim team won the Class 6A state title by a large margin through depth and a pair of relay victories Saturday at the OSAA finals at Mt. Hood Community College.
Sophomore Anthony Nosack won the 100 breaststroke - making up nearly a bodylength in the final 25 meters - and the Crusaders won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, tallying a score of 169 points. Oregon City finished second with 101 points.
Century defended its girls title with a narrow win over Sunset, needing a win in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, to cement the team race. The Jaguars got a pair of relay wins, and three individual titles, including a state-record by junior Sara Metzsch in the 100 backstroke. Ellie Thornbrue won two individual events and swam on the two relay wins.
In other Class 5A finals, Summit edged Bend in the girls team race, while the Bend beat Summit in the boys team standings. In all, an individual or team from either Bend or Summit won 17 of the 22 finals.
Noah Norris of Wilsonville won the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley finals to help break up the Central Oregon dominance.
At Class 4A, North Bend won the girls title by just a half-point over Sweet Home, while Catlin Gabel won the boys title.
Sweet Home swimmers won two relays and three individual titles, but North Bend won four indivudual titles and one relay. The Bulldogs finished second in the other two relays, while Sweet Home finished sixth in its third relay. Sweet Home's Jessica Coats narrowly missed earning her team a tie for the title in the 100 butterly, finishing in a tie for second with Sarah Krueger of Valley Catholic in 58.65 seconds. The swimmers scored 4.5 points each, instead of five for second and four for third.
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.
It’s not hard to see Summit as the favorite in both the boys and girls races for the Class 5A meet. Again.
The boys are favored in all three relays and have the event favorite in four races, while the girls qualified first for two relays and two individual races. A team title would be the school's eighth in the past 11 years.
Sophomores Tommy Brewer and John Hartmeier lead the Summit boys.
Sophomore Mackenzie Halligan and freshman Ali Epple lead the girls.
Here's the top qualifiers:
200 MEDLEY RELAY – Summit
200 FREESTYLE – Grace Carlson, Sr., Wilson
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – Ali Epple, Fr., Summit
50 FREESTYLE – Maddy Kelly, Soph., Lebanon
100 BUTTERFLY – Hannah Gupton, Soph., Sandy
100 FREESTYLE – Julia Bush, Soph., Sherwood
500 FREESTLYE – Mackenzie Halligan, Soph., Summit
200 FREESTYLE RELAY – West Albany
100 BACKSTROKE – Grace Carlson, Sr., Wilson
100 BREASTSTROKE – Ida Donohue, Soph., Cleveland
400 FREESTYLE RELAY – Summit
200 MEDLEY RELAY – Summit
200 FREESTYLE – Carlos Hunnicutt, Jr., Springfield
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – Tommy Brewer, Soph., Summit
50 FREESTYLE – Joe Cihak, Sr., Corvallis
100 BUTTERFLY – Carlos Hunnicutt, Jr., Springfield
The Apollos are favored to win races all weekend as well as two team titles
Feb. 13, 2013
There’s at least a chance for some drama in the OSAA Swimming State Championships Friday and Saturday in the Class 6A girls race, where West Linn and Sunset might be separated by a slim-enough margin going into the final event that either could win.
But, the boys race isn’t a race outside of the water. The defending state champion Sunset Apollos are favored to win seven races and establish a new state record during the meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
Sunset senior Cameron Stitt is a contender to break the 500 freestyle record that has stood since 1984.
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.
Short-course invitational at Tualatin Hills includes event wins by two Oregonians
Dec. 10, 2012
Three of Oregon’s top swimmers represented the state well at the 14th annual Paul Bergen Junior Invitational international meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
Michelle Cefal, who attends Westview High, won three events within the short-course meters competition. Cefal won the 50, 100 and 200-meter butterfly finals against swimmers from Canada and Europe.
Grace Carlson, who won a pair of state titles for Wilson High last season, won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 backstroke.
Cameron Stitt, a four-event winner for Sunset last season, finished second in the 200 butterfly. The meet is unusual because it’s calculated in meters, while U.S. indoor events, including the state championships, are measured in yards.
Cefal recently committed to attend Tennessee, while Carlson is headed to Stanford.
Stitt will swim for Michigan, along with Colin Eaton of Gresham.
Sunset, Jesuit repeat, but four other titles go to new teams
Feeb. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The expected challenges both Sunset and Jesuit were ready to face didn't materialize and they each defended their state swim titles on a day of fresh faces at Mt. Hood Community College.
Sunset repeated as boys champion at Class 6A, while Jesuit won its fourth-straight girls title.
Summit won both boys and girls titles at Class 5A, while the Cottage Grove boys and Henley girls won at Class 4A.
For the girls teams at both Summit and Henley, the title was their first after numerous second-place finishes. Summit finished second twice the past five seasons, while Henley finished second four of the past five years.
Among the day's biggest winners were Lake Oswego sophomore Sarah Kaunitz and Sunset junior Cameron Stitt, who both won two events at the Class 6A meet. Kaunitz won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and swam legs on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Stitt won the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Stitt missed establishing a all-time meet record in the 500 freestyle by .51 seconds. The 500 freestyle record is the oldest on the OSAA record books, set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984.
Among the other meet highlights, Cascade Christian sophomore Beanna Sapienza narrowly missed setting a meet record in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 54.63 seconds, just .11 off the record set by Roeburg's Kaylin Bing in 2008.
Cascade Christian senior Aaron Ghiglieri won the 100 butterfly in 49.52, less than a second off the all-time mark of 48.72 set by Aloha's Neil O'Halloran just last year.
Depth propels both Grizzlies and Crusaders to favored spots in 6A meet
Feb. 17, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
McMinnville returned to the top of the state's swim programs with championship-caliber depth Friday after the preliminary heats at the OSAA state swimming championships.
With its three relays all set for finals - two of them having qualified first or second - and three finalists in the 100 butterfly, the Grizzlies are poised to win their first state title since 2002.
McMinnville's line-up, led by seniors Matthew Valentine and Blake Tillery, appears on the way to scoring more than 180 points, while defending champion Sunset is in the 160-point range. Grant, which won two years ago and placed second last year, is headed for a total of around 130.
In the girls race, Lake Oswego's strong challenge to Jesuit hit a major snag when its 200 medley relay team was disqualified. Sophomore Sarah Kauniz posted an All-America time in the 100 backstroke for the Lakers and also qualified first for the finals in another and senior Catherine Yee qualified second and fourth in two finals. Their other two relay teams qualified first and second.
Jesuit, the three-time defending champion, qualified all three of its relay teams either first or second.
The championships conclude Saturday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.