With districts coming up fast, the times and places get a little more important for high school swimmers.
Which was a positive for the Astoria swim teams Thursday afternoon, as the Fishermen swept a dual meet with Valley Catholic at the Astoria Aquatic Center.
Astoria swimmers also set personal best marks across the board, and won 18 of the 22 events.
“I would say 85 to 90 percent of our swimmers had season (personal records) today,” said Astoria coach Kathryn Zacher. “We had quite a few season PRs, and that’s what I like to look at. Are we getting faster each week, and are we headed in the right direction?”
The Lady Fishermen defeated the Valiants 113-65, while the Astoria boys won a 137-59 decision.
Highlight swims for Astoria girls included wins for Tori Smith in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, with times of 2 minutes, 21.01 seconds and 6:17.57, respectively.
Grace Peeler won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:38.73, against the only other swimmer in the event, Valley Catholic’s Sundari Arunarasu.
For the Astoria boys, “Riley Cameron, a sophomore, won the 200 free in a best time and a close race,” Zacher said.
“And all of our 200 medley and 200 free relay teams had their best times all season,” she said. “Our goals are pretty high for those relays.”
Next up for Astoria is a home meet Tuesday against Scappoose, followed by the Cowapa League championship meet Feb. 2, and districts Feb. 9-10 at Astoria.
“Tuesday’s meet with Scappoose is kind of like our dress rehearsal for districts,” Zacher said. “It’s our last dual meet, and Scappoose is really strong, boys and girls.
“We have 16 training days left, including today, before districts,” she added. “I keep reminding the kids that we should do really well at districts, because we’re doing well at the invites, and we do have a lot of depth.
“We’ve got some pretty big goals. This could be the best possibility to send the boys to state. Some of these seniors have never been to state. This is the best chance they’re going to get.”