REDMOND — The R-Town Rivalry trophy is staying at Redmond High School.
The Panthers defeated Ridgeview by a combined girls and boys team score of 405-248 in a dual meet Wednesday at Cascade Swim Center.
Denise Maich, the Redmond coach, was proud of the way her kids pushed through a fast meet with few breaks.
“They’re doing it for their teammates, knowing that if they swim they are going to get points, even though they’re super tired,” Maich said. “I tell a lot of the kids for this meet it doesn’t matter if you PR (personal record) right now. In this type of meet it’s more about getting points and winning the meet.”
In his final R-Town Rivalry, Redmond senior Augie Tobish won the boys 50-meter freestyle in 27.72 seconds. He finished second in the 100 breaststroke — an event he had never swum competitively before — in 1:25.22.
“I thought it would be fun to try it,” Tobish said of the breaststroke. “It was pretty tiring. It was definitely an experience but I’m glad I did it.”
Another Redmond senior, Garrett McMichael won the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.81.
Tobish, who swam on Redmond’s winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, had to work harder in the 50 free than he expected.
“There wasn’t a ton of competition but there’s some pretty fast sophomores,” Tobish said. “I didn’t give it a 100 percent sprint but I definitely had to go a little bit faster than I wanted to.”
Freshman Ryan Konop racked up points for the Panthers, winning the 200 individual medley in 2:28.84 and the 100 butterfly, in 1:06.20.
He swam on Redmond’s first-place 200 medley and 200 free relays.
Redmond’s Lucas Montgomery won the 100 backstroke in 1:19.
Abigail Richards had a strong day in the pool for the Panther girls, winning the 50 free in 32.80 and the 100 free in 1:19.87.
“She’s (Richards) so funny because sometimes she really hates swimming but she PRs in almost every meet and she gets angry at herself for PRing but she’s getting faster,” Maich said. “That (winning the 50 and 100 free) was a huge accomplishment.”
Caityln Owen won two events for Redmond’s girls — the breaststroke in 1:29.88 and the fly in 1:34.22.
Ridgeview won nine of the 20 events contested Tuesday but did not have the numbers to compete with Redmond.
Junior Aria Mascall did everything she could to help the Ravens, winning all five of her events — the 200 free in 2:45.79, the 100 backstroke in 1:24.74, and three relays (200 medley, 200 free and 400 free).
“Redmond has more people than we do so we’re going to lose but individually I feel this pressure to beat people so that I can represent well for Ridgeview,” said Mascall, who felt best about her performance in the 200 free. “I’m happy with my performance and I was able to swim it a little more smoothly. Sometimes I kind of do more choppy splits but this time it was more smooth.”
Ridgeview’s Gwen Arthur had a banner day, finishing first in the IM in 2:56.53 and second in the breaststroke in 1:30.01 while also swimming on the Ravens’ winning 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.
Max Blair and Drew Harding led Ridgeview’s boys. Blair won the 100 free in 1:07.21 and Harding took first in the 200 free in 2:29.25. Blair, Harding, Levi Eisbach and Kendall Nave then won the 400 free relay in 4:41.50.
Redmond has won four of the five R-Town Rivalry meets, including the last three.
— Reporter: 541-383-0307, email@example.com