The Seaside swim teams can add two more trophies to the trophy case, as the Gulls soared off with the team titles in the District 1/4A meet, which wrapped up Saturday at the Astoria Aquatic Center.

Seaside swept the championships for the first time in 11 years, while Astoria placed second behind the Gulls in both team standings.

The Lady Gulls racked up 242 points to make off with the girls' title, ahead of Astoria (214), with Taft (189) a distant third.

A big preseason turnout for the Seaside boys ultimately resulted in big points in the district meet, as the Gulls scored 255 to Astoria's 224. Rainier (199) was third.

"It's been a long time since we've won both," said Seaside coach and ex-swimmer Gary Terranova. "I know for certain that we did it in 1998, when the boys won state. Having both win is very exciting. Our kids all worked real hard."

Seaside won the first event of the day - the girls' 200-yard medley relay - and the Lady Gulls were on their way.

Over the next two events, Seaside's Stephanie Hanthorn took second in the 200-yard freestyle, and Carlie Gilligan won the 200-yard individual medley.

Hanthorn would add another second-place (100-yard freestyle), the Gulls won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1 minute, 53.90 seconds, and Gilligan added big points with a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.55).

Junior Jessica Gilligan contributed a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, after a fourth-place showing in the 200 IM.

"We were pretty confident with the 200 freestyle relay," Terranova said. "With the medley, we were just hoping to get a good time, go in as a second place and make it that way. But they just came out and got first place in the medley. That was definitely one of those unexpected swims."

Still, the Astoria girls kept the pressure on, as Hannah Whisler qualified for the state meet with a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:11.55); Clara Weidman took third in both the 100- and 200-freestyles; and Malysa Baxter was third in the backstroke and the 200 IM.

The Astoria relays had a big day, with second-place finishes in both the 200 freestyle (1:55.88) and 400 freestyle (4:21.32).

Niquelle Baxter added a third in the breaststroke.

"I'm very pleased with our 200 free relay, to pull off a second place," said Astoria coach Carla Oja. "We had two brand new swimmers (freshman Janessa Wright, sophomore Chelsey Olson) in that relay, with two seniors (Weidman and Whisler). So we weren't sure how it was going to turn out. It's hard to know if they're going to produce what you want."

The Seaside girls had a tougher-than-expected challenge from the Lady Fishermen.

"After the preliminaries we were actually kind of worried," Terranova said. "Astoria had a lot of girls who stepped up, and we had a few girls who we were anticipating points from who didn't qualify. We were pretty nervous going into today."

On the boys' side, Rainier won the first two events, but Seaside's depth soon kicked in, as Hunter Beaudoin grabbed a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle; Cole Schwarz and Spencer Giess took first and third, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle (in which the Fishermen had four swimmers in the finals); and the Gulls finished it off with second-place showings in the final two relay events.

The Fishermen didn't go without a fight, as they took third in the 200 medley relay; Nick Agalzoff (200 freestyle) and Daniel Perry (200 IM) had third-place finishes; Agalzoff was second behind Schwarz in the 500; and Astoria's lone win came from Jon Sprouse in the backstroke (1:03.20).

"When you look at all the other schools and where they were placing, I was very pleased we got second place," said Oja, whose two automatic state qualifiers are Sprouse and Whisler.

Whisler finished ahead of Scappoose junior Rachel Rafferty in a very close backstroke.

"That's a hard pill for (Rafferty) to swallow, but Hannah proved herself worthy to go to state," Oja said.

Second place for the Astoria boys was also a nice way to finish the district meet for Oja.

"We have some good, young talent," she said. "And I told Sprouse and Perry and Agalzoff, 'we're not going to let this happen again.'

I'm still pleased with all the swimmers," Oja said. "It is remarkable that we got second place, when you think of Newport, Taft and Rainier. It wasn't a real big point spread, either. And Seaside's Seaside, what can I say? They've been swimming really well, so it wasn't really a big surprise."

Seaside's automatic qualifiers were Schwarz, Carlie Gilligan and the two girls' relays.

"We just had a lot of kids who had great swims," Terranova said. "We're hoping to get Stephanie in on times and both boys' relays."

Sunday's "wildcard" entries for the state meet included Astoria's Agalzoff (500 freestyle), along with the boys 200 medley and girls 400 freestyle relays. Additional Seaside entrants include Hanthorn (100 and 200 freestyles); Beaudoin (50 freestyle); and the boys 200 and 400 freestyle relays.


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