While they had to wait to get results from Salem, Central Oregon schools Bend, Mountain View and Summit proved they belong in Class 6A, combining to win 19 of 22 events at the Mountain Valley Conference swimming championships.
“I thought the kids were super impressive across the board, all three schools, and I’m really proud of Central Oregon swimming, how they managed the entire situation,” said Bend coach Christy Perret, referring to the MVC’s Salem-area schools opting to hold their own district meet Friday in Salem due to concerns over travel conditions.
Bend sophomore Paige Lyons, who won the girls 500-yard freestyle at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center Friday night but did not swim an automatic state-qualifying time, bested South Salem’s Olivia Davis 5:13.48 to 5:22.90 when the times from the two sites were combined and compared.
Bend’s boys 200-yard relay was in the same boat, winning at Juniper without getting under the time standard. The Lava Bears relay also received good news: It won the event in 1:33.70.
Not every Central Oregon swimmer was as fortunate when the times were combined.
Summit senior Zac Bailey won the boys 50 free in 23.36 at Juniper, but he ultimately finished fourth behind three Salem-area swimmers.
Mountain View’s 400 free relay also won at Juniper but ended up taking second to Sprague.
Thirteen Bend High swimmers earned automatic state-qualifying times Friday night: Teagan Perret (200 medley relay), Anna Hornbeck (200 medley relay, 100 back), Olivia Schultz (200 medley relay), Holly Hermanson (200 medley relay, 200 IM), Gharret Brockman (200 medley relay, 100 back), Brenden Reeves (200 medley relay, 200 IM), Lance Borgers (200 medley relay, 200 free, 500 free), Parker Ruggles (200 medley relay, 200 free), Paige Lyons (200 free, 400 free relay), Maria Wold (200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 back, 400 free relay), Ula McPherson (50 free, 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Ryann Reid (100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay) and Sarah Shaffer (200 free relay).
Six Summit swimmers qualified for state: Ani Husaby (200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 back, 400 free relay), Isabelle Young (200 medley relay, 100 breast, 400 free relay), Katherine Gilmore (200 medley relay), Emma Cegelka (200 medley relay, 400 free relay), Hunter Craft (100 fly) and Lily Chrisman (400 free relay).
Five Mountain View swimmers earned automatic berths: Durgan McKean (200 medley relay, 200 IM), Christopher Davami (200 medley relay, 500 free), Griffin McKean (200 medley relay, 100 free, 100 breast), Kieran Perret (200 medley relay) and Emma Brady (200 free, 100 free).
More swimmers may qualify to the state meet as wild-cards.
The teams from Bend, whose elevation is about 3,600 feet, did not receive an altitude adjustment. While USA Swimming recognizes a .50-second adjustment for races of 200 yards or meters and 2.50 seconds for the 400 or 500, the OSAA does not.
The OSAA state swimming championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
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