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Swimming: Zacher takes over as Astoria coach

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 30, 2017 8:26AM

Kathryn Zacher is the new coach at poolside for the Astoria swim team.

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Kathryn Zacher is the new coach at poolside for the Astoria swim team.

There’s a new coach poolside for the Astoria swim team, with lots of athletes in the water as the Fishermen enter the 2017-18 season.

Kathryn Zacher takes over for Amy Emmett as the Astoria coach.

Zacher came to Astoria from Roseburg in the fall of 2016, to coach the North Coast Swim Club. She had served as both a high school coach and the YMCA club coach in Roseburg.

She inherits a team that had just six seniors last year. This season — 35 swimmers and 14 seniors, with 10 freshmen.

“Our team is looking strong already, with a ton of energy and skill,” Zacher said. “We are excited to see how we do, and have some big team goals to bring home a district title once again.”

The Astoria girls placed fourth in the District 1 meet last season.

Shannon Christie was the big point-scorer, placing third in the 50-yard freestyle to qualify for state, in addition to a fourth-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle.

Unfortunately, Christie has graduated, along with Kendal Gustafson, as the two helped the Lady Fish to a third-place, state-qualifying finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Astoria girls have one member of the relay back, with Megan Schacher returning for her senior season.

Astoria did not have any state qualifiers on the boys’ side, but the Fishermen will have a few candidates on the list this year.

Zacher’s evaluation on some of her key swimmers:

Thayne Covert is in his fourth year and “has potential to be a top finisher at districts,” as does Cole Beeson. Junior Ryder Dopp “has spent some extra time training, and is starting off as our top seed male.” Junior Elias Simmons will complete a strong freestyle relay with Covert, Beeson and Dopp, which could “very well make state this year.”

On the girls’ side, senior Jazzy King is a transfer from Roseburg High school, and could be an individual state qualifier. Schacher is looking to be a top district finisher individually. Along with King and freshmen Grace Peeler and Tori Smith, “the girls have a goal to break the school record in two relays and get to state.”



Jordan Admire-Novak, Fr.

Emilie Bonacina, Sr.

Camille Cottrell, Jr.

Sara Giovannetti, Sr.

Jazzy King, Sr.

Cody Lachica, Jr.

Lily Long, Jr.

Grace Peeler, Fr.

Constance Rouda, Fr.

Megan Schacher, Sr.

Tori Smith, Fr.

Lidija Sovult, Sr.

Jenna Travers, Jr.

Moira Welsh, Sr.

Isabelle Williams, Jr.

Kira Worwood, Sr.


Cole Beeson, Sr.

Nikolai Boisvert, Fr.

Riley Cameron, So.

Thayne Covert, Sr.

Jordan Daniel, Fr.

Ryder Dopp, Jr.

Jose Gonzalez, Sr.

Tyler Griffin, Fr.

Parker Ivanoff, Jr.

Noah Kastengren, Fr.

Kevin Loyola, Fr.

Aleks Matthews, Sr.

Nathan Pacheco Moulin, So.

Jose Romero Jr., Sr.

Elias Simmons, Jr.

Matteo Sordi, Sr.

Ethan Sparks, Jr.

Drew Tapio, Sr.

Davis Wingard, Fr.


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