Bend High left no doubt which school was the best in the pool Saturday at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center.
Already leading by nearly 50 points, the Lava Bears girls and boys swept the final event of the Swimming for Giving Classic — the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Bend recorded 357 combined points to finish ahead of intracity rivals Summit (286) and Mountain View (144).
Ula McPherson, Paige Lyons, Maria Wold and Ryann Reid won the girls race in 3 minutes, 46 seconds.
The event was Lyons’ fourth victory of the day after the Bend sophomore won the 200 free in 2:00.34, the 100 backstroke in 1:02.86 and the 200 free relay with teammates Holly Hermanson, Anna Hornbeck and Sarah Shaffer in 1:46.64.
“I’ve been working really hard and it’s really paid off,” Lyons said. “I was definitely surprised in the 200 free after I saw the board. I knew I was going fast but I didn’t know I was going that fast. It was a good surprise.”
Wold won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.81.
Gharret Brockman, Parker Ruggles, Brenden Reeves and Lance Borgers finished first in the boys 400 free relay in 3:30.56. Reeves won the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.10.
“We don’t have a lot of boys but what they did was great,” Bend coach Christy Perret said. “It was definitely a team effort. Everyone stepped up, especially in the relays, they did a fantastic job.”
Paced by junior Ani Husaby, Summit finished atop the girls standings, edging Bend 205 to 197.50.
Husaby, Isabelle Young, Katherine Gilmore and Maddie Coleman opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:52.70.
“We have a really good medley relay this year,” said Husaby, who also won the 200 IM in 2:15.22 and the 100 free in 55.58. “It’s really exciting because we haven’t been as competitive in relays lately. That just set the energy so high for Summit. We have a lot of new young girls on the team and it’s cool to see that we can put forward a good time.”
Young won the 100 butterfly in 1:02.02 and Kaylee Elsom placed first in the 500 free in 5:44.96.
Perret was not surprised to see Summit outscore Bend’s girls, who won the 5A state championship last season.
“Summit’s girls are strong this year,” Perret said. “It’s fun to watch. I love the quality of swimming that comes across from the three schools (Bend, Summit and Mountain View).”
The Storm also won the boys 200 free relay as Hunter Craft, Chance Caruso, Andrew Schulz and Zac Bailey finished in 1:38.73. Individually, Caruso placed first in the 200 free in 2:03.64.
“It’s great to see a bench mark for the team and we’ll keep working hard,” Summit coach Sierra Fletcher said. “We’re excited for the rest of the season.”
Mountain View senior Griffin McKean led the Cougars.
Swimming with Greg Kansky, Kieran Perret and his younger brother Durgan, McKean opened the boys half of the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:45.58. He then set a personal record of 57.43 in the 100 backstroke and a Mountain View school record of 52.50 in the 100 butterfly.
“That was my goal and I just went for it,” McKean said of the school record. “I knew I could get it so I just raced the last 50 as hard as I could. I just wanted my name up on that (record) board.”
Durgan McKean also won two individual events for the Cougars — the 200 IM in 2:05.36 and the 500 free in 5:20.91.
“I saw a lot of heart and a lot of effort,” Mountain View coach Laura Miller said. “This was our third meet in a row so it’s been pretty tough swimming six days a week. I thought we did great. We had some best times today, which is really impressive for the middle of December.”
Redmond, which placed fourth overall in the eight-team meet with 98 points, had two individual winners as senior Augie Tobish finished the boys 100 free in 54.29 and freshman Ryan Konop finished the 50 free in 23.38.
Sisters junior Lydia Bartlett won the girls 50 free in 26.21.
Redmond, Sisters and Ridgeview will be back in the pool Wednesday for the Central Oregon Invite at Redmond’s Cascade Swim Center.
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