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 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.



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.







Jesuit primed to swim to more titles

Crusaders have dominated large-school races
By Cliff Pfenning

If this is the week of the state swim meet in Oregon, then the state must be getting ready to hear more about Jesuit High's team. That's how the recent past for Oregon has worked.

Southwest Portland's Jesuit Crusaders have owned the OSAA state meet the past five years on the boys side and will look to repeat as girls champions this year beginning Friday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.

Powered by the nearby Sunset Athletic Club and Multnomah Athletic Club, Jesuit has owned the boys meet since 2015, following a run of four titles by Sunset High. A team from outside Portland or Beaverton has not won the large-school title since Summit won its second straight in 2005. Either Jesuit or Sunset has finished second as well theee times in the past nine years.

Jesuit or Sunset has won the girls title nine times in the past 11 years or finished second five additional times during that stretch - including first or second the past three years.

Championship preliminaries for the three state meets: 5A, 6A and 4A, begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with the Class 5A finals starting the day's events at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The Class 6A finals are set for 1:15 p.m. Saturday, and the Class 4A finals are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.



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.


Jesuit takes command of state swim finals

Friday prelims lead to Saturday finals in Gresham
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - Defending champion Jesuit had the top time in two of the three relays Friday and set itself up for another boys Class 6A state title in the Oregon Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.

The Crusaders stood first in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay and got the top time for the 500 freestyle out of junior Trent Martinez.

The girls team race looked much more competitive with the defending champion Crusaders getting stiff competition from Sunset, which topped the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and had the top time in the 100 Freestyle from senior Alayna Connor, 200 Medley from sophomore Tia Lindsay and 200 Freestyle from senior Angie Lindsay.

The finals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. for Class 6A teams with Class 5A and 4A finals following throughout the day.



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.





Jesuit, Century swim to titles

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.





Stitt gets his record in swim prelims

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.


Summit has gateway to more titles

The Storm is favored in boys and girls races
Feb. 13, 2013

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



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

100 FREESTYLE – John Hartmeier, Soph., Summit

500 FREESTYLE – Brandon Shreeve, Jr., Corvallis


100 BACKSTROKE – John Hartmeier, Soph., Summit

100 BREASTSTROKE – Tommy Brewer, Soph., Summit




Henley, Madras lead Class 4A ranks

The Hornets and Buffaloes are solid in relays
Feb. 13, 2013

The Henley girls appear as the Class 4A favorite with a team in all three relays, including the favorite in two.

Sophomores Jenny Kirschner and Leta Spradely, and freshman Haley Steiner lead their effort.

On the boys side, Junior Ian Goodwin, and sophomores Bryce Williams and Brady Tucker lead Madras, which is favored in two relays.

The top qualifiers:



200 MEDLEY RELAY – North Bend

200 FREESTYLE – Alyssa Bennett, Soph., North Bend

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – Rachel Haney, Jr., Ridgeview

50 FREESTYLE – Shelby Baker, Soph., LaGrande

100 BUTTERFLY – Breanna Sapienza, Jr., Cascade Christian

100 FREESTYLE – Alyssa Bennett, Soph., North Bend

500 FREESTLYE – Cassie Dallas, Fr., North Bend


100 BACKSTROKE – Rachel Haney, Jr., Ridgeview

100 BREASTSTROKE – Breanna Sapienza, Jr., Cascade Christian




200 MEDLEY RELAY – Madras

200 FREESTYLE – David Spurgeon, Fr., Valley Catholic

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – Caleb Leczel, Jr., Cottage Grove

50 FREESTYLE – Philip Hewitt, Sr., Corbett

100 BUTTERFLY – Bryce Ebel, Fr., LaGrande

100 FREESTYLE – Kellen Wood, Sr., Newport

500 FREESTYLE – Karl Stuntzner-Gibson, Fr., North Bend


100 BACKSTROKE – Noah Norris, Fr., North Marion

100 BREASTSTROKE – Caleb Leczel, Jr., Cottage Grove




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