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Swimming: Astoria boys place second in league meet

By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 5, 2018 5:33PM

ST. HELENS — With the district meet up next, the five Cowapa League schools with swim teams met Friday in St. Helens, for the annual league meet hosted by Scappoose.

And while the Tillamook girls and Scappoose boys made off with the team titles, the Astoria boys placed second and the Astoria girls took third. Both Seaside teams finished fourth.

And if times and places are any indication, the Fishermen and Gulls will be qualifying several swimmers for the state meet, Feb. 16-17 in Gresham.

With Scappoose moving to the 5A level next year, the future of the Cowapa belongs to Astoria on the boys’ side.

Individually, the Fishermen had victories from sophomore Riley Cameron in the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 2.2 seconds) and freshman Davis Wingard in the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.72).

Senior Thayne Covert added a win in the 500-yard freestyle (5:38.90), with teammate Elias Simmons third.

The Fishermen added points with a second-place showing for Cameron in the 100-yard freestyle.

Astoria took second in a pair of relays. Cameron, Simmons, Cole Beeson and Ryder Dopp teamed up for second in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming a 1:41.68 to finish behind Scappoose. Astoria’s 400-yard freestyle relay capped the meet by taking second in 3:50.40, also behind Scappoose.

The Indians scored 371 points for the team title, followed by Astoria (323). Valley Catholic was a distant third (157).

Seaside scored 148 points, but the Gulls highlighted the meet with a pair of league record swims, both by Josh Shipley.

The junior posted a 22.89 time in winning the 50-yard freestyle, and returned later in event 20, winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.50, well ahead of the second place time (1:11.68).

The Gulls added a second-place showing in the 200-yard medley relay, with Shipley teaming with Isaiah Collins, Henry Garvin and Dawson Blanchard for a 1:55.07 finish, a four-second drop in their season best.

Collins also took second in the 100-yard backstroke.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Fishermen did not have any wins, but performed well in the relays.

Freshmen Tori Smith and Grace Peeler teamed with seniors Megan Schacher and Izzy Williams for second in the medley relay (2:15.84). The foursome of Peeler, Smith, Schacher and Moira Welsh took third in the 200 relay.

Smith also took second in the individual medley and Schacher placed second in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:21.61.

For the Seaside girls, junior Kendy Lin scored big points with second place showings in the 200 freestyle and the backstroke. Freshman Brooke Blankenhorn had a 15-second drop in her time for second in the 500 (7:05.90), and teammate Kaisa Liljenwall dropped 30 seconds for fourth in the same event.


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