Their state medalist swimmer is gone, but the Seaside Gulls still have plenty of swimmers who can score points as they enter the 2018-19 season.
Head coach Shane Spell and the Gulls finished in the middle of the pack in last year’s district meet, with one individual qualifying for state in two events, along with one relay team making the trip to Gresham.
Only one member of the relay team is back, as Henry Garvin returns for his sophomore season after helping Seaside’s 200-yard freestyle relay squad qualify for the state meet a year ago.
Dawson Blanchard and Isaiah Collins have graduated, while Josh Shipley — who was a junior at Warrenton High School last year and competed for Seaside — is not on the Gulls’ preseason roster.
Shipley was the district champion in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and brought home a second-place medal in the freestyle from the state meet.
But, the Gulls still have a short list of swimmers with state-qualifying potential, especially with Scappoose out of the district picture.
Heading the list for the Lady Gulls is senior Kendy Lin, who took fourth in the district 200-yard freestyle last year and just missed out on a wild-card berth for the state meet. Lin was also fifth in the backstroke final at districts.
Also back are Lin’s three teammates in the 200 freestyle relay, which had the fifth-best time in the district preliminaries. Anna Huddleston returns as a senior, along with Kaisa Liljenwall (Jr.) and Emily Philbrook (So.).
Maddy Brown (Sr.) swam in place of Lin in the finals at district, and Brown teamed with two other returners in the 400-yard freestyle relay — senior Cailin Bennett and sophomore Brooke Blankenhorn, along with Liljenwall.
Also back for her senior season is Yaneli Aguilera.
The Seaside boys also have returners with varsity experience: seniors Nick Konyha and Chris Quashnick, and sophomores Shawn Collins and Leif DeWinter.