BEAVERTON — Swimmers representing the three Bend high schools should make much more than a ripple in the pool Saturday in the OSAA Class 6A swimming state championships.
One of the highest Central Oregon placers in preliminary competition Friday night at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center was Ula McPherson. The Bend High junior posted the second-fastest time in the girls 50-yard freestyle, qualifying for the finals in 22.94 seconds. McPherson also advanced in the 100 free (seventh, in 53.35), and she is expected to be part of the Lava Bears’ 200- and 400-yard relay teams, which qualified second (1 minute, 38.35 seconds) and third (3:37.12) respectively.
Also placing second in the girls prelims was Mountain View senior Emma Brady, who was runner-up in the 200 free in 1:52.06. Brady, the only Mountain View girl to qualify for the state meet, placed third in the 100 free (52.26).
Summit girls reaching the finals included senior Lily Chrisman (200 and 500 freestyles), junior Ani Husaby (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) and sophomore Emma Cegelka (50 and 100 freestyles). Also in for the Storm is sophomore Isabelle Young (breaststroke) and both the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. The Summit medley relay placed third in the prelims in 1:49.02.
Joining McPherson in the finals for the Bend girls will be sophomore Paige Lyons (200 and 500 free), sophomore Sarah Shaffer (200 free), and juniors Maria Wold (200 individual medley) and Ryann Reid (butterfly).
The top prelim placers among Central Oregon boys were Mountain View senior Griffin McKean and Bend sophomore Gharret Brockman. McKean was third in the 100 free (47.76); he also qualified eighth in the breaststroke. Brockman placed third in the backstroke (52.96). The Mountain View boys 200 medley relay also finished third (1:39.64), and the Cougars’ 400 free relay likewise made it to the finals.
Mountain View senior Christopher Davami qualified in both the 500 free and the breaststroke. From Bend High, sophomore Lance Borgers made the finals in the 200 free.
The 6A finals are scheduled to get underway at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
Central Oregon was only lightly represented in Friday afternoon’s 5A prelims, but Redmond’s Ryan Konop managed to qualify for the finals with a fifth-place finish in the boys 100 freestyle. The 5A finals start at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In 4A/3A/2A/1A prelims Friday morning, Sisters junior Lydia Bartlett posted the fastest times in both the girls 200- and 500-yard freestyles (1:55.67 and 5:06.18, respectively). She will join teammates Meredith Mandal, Brooke Robillard and Maddie Busick on the Outlaws’ 200 free relay, which placed fourth in the prelims, and 400 free relay, which placed sixth. Mandal made the finals in the butterfly.
Also in 4A/3A/2A/1A, Madras freshman Elli Williams qualified for the finals in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. She was third-fastest in the 50 prelims and placed fifth in the 100.
Saturday’s small-school finals start at 8:15 a.m.