TILLAMOOK — The Astoria and Seaside swim teams jumped in the pool Saturday for the first competition of the winter season, as both took part in the Tillamook Invitational.
With some swimmers sidelined by other commitments, the Fishermen and Gulls finished back in the pack at the eight-team invite.
Tillamook was the girls’ champion with 271 points, followed by Taft (191), Newport (183), Valley Catholic (175), Seaside (153), Astoria (131), Scappoose (129) and Rainier (50).
Newport won the boys’ team title with 411 points, ahead of Scappoose (255), Taft (235), Astoria (130), Rainier (94), Seaside (67), Tillamook (55) and Valley Catholic (44).
Astoria scored one individual win, as Tori Smith took first in the 500-yard freestyle. Smith finished in six minutes, 29.62 seconds, well ahead of Taft’s Napy Meyer (6:59.27) and Seaside’s Brooke Blankenhorn (7:17.86).
Smith also swam on Astoria’s 400-yard freestyle relay, along with Everett Towsey-French, Constance Rouda and Grace Peeler. The foursome took second in 4:37.95, behind Newport (4:17.62).
Smith was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:14.27), and Towsey-French took fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.
For the Astoria boys, Riley Cameron took fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.83), Kevin Loyola was fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, Ryder Dopp placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, and Rocky Rub took fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
“We were short many swimmers due to academic conflicts, and hope to have a better overall showing at our upcoming home invitational next Saturday,” said Astoria coach Kathryn Zacher, whose team will host the annual Andrew Nygaard meet at the Astoria Aquatic Center.
For Seaside, Nicole Blankenhorn placed fourth (30.04 seconds) out of 50 entries in the 50-yard freestyle. Henry Garvin was fifth in the boys’ 50 (25.60).
The team of Nicole Blankenhorn, Maddy Brown, Cailin Bennett and Anna Huddleston took fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.