osaa swimming

Dobler wins overshadow Jesuit dominance

Aloha senior sets national record while Crusaders rule 6A again
By Cliff Pfenning

BEAVERTON - Oregon's most elite-level swimmer, Aloha senior Kaitlyn Dobler, performed as expected to highlight the individual portion, but Jesuit also performed as expected to dominate the team element of Class 6A at the OSAA State Swimming Championships Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

Dobler, who is headed for USC, set a national prep record in the 100 yard breaststroke on the way to winning the event for the fourth straight year, and also set a state records in the 50 freestyle.

Jesuit won the boys and girls titles for the second consecutive year. For the boys, it was actually their sixth straight and eighth in the past 12 years.

In the Class 5A meet, Churchill won its first boys title and became only the second Eugene School District team to win at any level, following Sheldon, which last won a title in the 2000 girls meet.

Crescent Valley won the girls meet for the second straight year at Class 5A.

Dobler missed the 50-yard freestyle record by 0.20 seconds on Friday, but went 0.25 faster Saturday to lower the event record to 22.30. In the 100 breaststroke, she set the state record at 58.75 Friday, then lowered that to 58.35 Saturday to edge the national record by 0.05 set two years ago in Indiana.

"I knew what the record was and I had a thought I could do it," Dobler said, "but I didn't have any idea if I was close to it during the race."

In her four years at Aloha, Dobler won seven individual titles, including the 50 free three times to go with the four 100 breaststroke titles. She's among the top contenders nationally to qualify for the Olympic Team in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in June.

Fellow senior Tia Lindsay of Sunset, who is headed to Arizona, missed winning four individual or relay titles for the second straight year with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. She won the 200 individual medley for the third time in four years, and the 200 and freestyle relays - the 400 freestyle relay for the fourth straight year. She also swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay for the second straight year. In four years she won 11 individual or relay titles. Sunset also won the state team title during her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Jesuit ran away with the Class 6A boys meet again, winning two relays and three individual wins to outscore second-place Lakeridge 124-68.

Jesuit's girls won one relay and finished second in two others to outscore Sunset 110.5-89.5.  

 

CHURCHILL, CRESCENT VALLEY SHINE AT 5A

Churchill got a pair of wins from sophomore Charley Page-Jones and a win in the 400 freestyle relay to highlight its first title after never having even finished second. 

Senior Finn had a second place in the 500 freestyle and junior Davis Wingard had a pair of top 4 finishes to spark the Lancers.

West Albany missed its own first title by finishing second for the second straight year.

In the girls meet, Crescent Valley won one relay and finished second in two others to outdistance Churchill 75-50. The Raiders also got an individual win from senior Paula Lomonaco in the 200 freestyle, and Francesca Criscione in the 200 individual medley. Criscione also won the 100 butterfly and sister Vivi Criscione won the 500 freestyle.

 

CATLIN GABEL, NEWPORT TAME 4A

Newport won its second straight boys title, while Catlin Gabel also became a first-time champion by winning the girls title.

Newport won all three boys relays and got two wins each from seniors Luke Bachart and Caden Shanks to easily outpoint Madras 75-30. Backart won the 200 and 500 freestyle finals, while Shanks won the 100 freestyle and 100 bacstroke. The Cubs won for the third straight year.

Catlin Gabel moved up from second last year by winning two relays and getting two wins each from juniors Eva Carlson and Lizzy Cook to outpoint last year's champion Sweet Home 78-65. Carlson won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while Cook won the 50 and 100 freestyle. 

Sweet Home's program continued its consistency by finishing either first or second the past six years with three titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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