The Seaside and Astoria swim teams returned to the pool Thursday afternoon with a Clatsop Splash at the Aquatic Center - a rare home dual meet for the Fishermen. Actually, a rare dual meet, period.
With various meets canceled or postponed because of the recent winter weather, the Fishermen haven't spent much time in the water.
"We haven't swum (competitively) since the ninth (of January), and this is our first dual," said Astoria co-coach Paul Gascoigne.
And the Fish made the most of it, sweeping past Seaside in a Cowapa League dual. The Astoria boys racked up 106.5 points to Seaside's 60.5, while the Fishermen girls topped the Gulls 96-74.
"The Tillamook meet (Jan. 11) was canceled, so it was kind of nice to get this one out of the way," added Astoria coach Carla Oja. "Now we can meet up with Tillamook."
The goal for the Astoria girls was simply to win their half of the meet, because the Gulls had topped the Fishermen twice in earlier invitational meets this year.
And Astoria left no doubt, winning 10 of the 11 events.
Multiple winners included Wendi Agalzoff (200- and 500-yard freestyles), Bridget Nurding (200-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly) and Meredith Barnes (50- and 100-yard freestyles). See times in Scoreboard.
Astoria's Rachel Gascoigne captured the 100-yard breaststroke, and teamed with Hannah Whisler, Nurding and Barnes to win the 200 medley relay.
Clara Weidman joined Barnes, Gascoigne and Agalzoff to win the 200 freestyle relay, and the Astoria girls capped their meet with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay.
Seaside's lone win came from Laura Coddington in the 100-yard backstroke.
"This was the big one for the girls," Paul Gascoigne said. "Tillamook will be the big one for the boys."
The Astoria boys tuned up for Saturday's meet at The Dalles by winning eight of the 10 events Thursday, which included two victories for Eddie Duret (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke).
Duret set a personal record (2 minutes 1.57 seconds) with his win in the 200, while teammate Zack Knight PR'd by seven seconds (2:40.39) to win the 200 IM, his first IM of the season. Knight later added a victory in the breaststroke.
Elsewhere, Astoria's Dustin Manley won the 50 freestyle and Jon Skillman captured the butterfly (PR, 1:11.06).
Wins for Seaside came from Josh Zillner (100 freestyle) and Spencer Giess (500 freestyle).