BEAVERTON — Mountain View senior Emma Brady broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle by more than two seconds Saturday night at the OSAA Class 6A state swimming championships.
But it was not fast enough to bring home another gold medal, as Brady, the 2018 5A champion in the event, placed third in 1 minute and 51.48 seconds at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
Sunset sophomore Lily Gardner finished in 1:48.41, breaking a 10-year-old 6A state record set by Mountain View coach and former David Douglas High swimmer Laura Miller, to win the gold.
“My eyes were definitely scrolling back and forth to see what Emma was doing and to see what Lily was doing,” Miller said. “I could just put myself 10 years ago in both of their shoes. State is such a special meet and it’s really fun to see after 10 years that someone else has a chance to have their name on the board and the heat sheet and it’s cool to see swimming progress that much. It’s a record that should be broken and I’m more than happy that she (Gardner) got it.
“For Emma to hang out with her for the first 100, she really gave it a good shot and put herself in a good position and she really earned that third-place finish. I’m really proud of her.”
Jesuit senior Sofia Nosack swam an All-American consideration time of 1:50.12 to place second.
“The competition in the 200 was tough,” said Brady, who also took third in the 100 freestyle in 51.94. “It (her time) kind of surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to go that fast. I just wanted to race as hard as I could. I’m happy with it. It was a fast race.”
Mountain View senior Griffin McKean, a four-time 5A champion, was the closest a Central Oregon swimmer got to bringing home a 6A title. After leading for the first 50 yards, he finished second by two-hundredths of a second to South Eugene senior Anzo DeGiulio in the 100 free.
“I thought it was a good finish, my last turn just wasn’t ideal,” McKean said. “It was a good race. It was a really good time (45.96).”
McKean also took fifth in the 100 breaststroke, in 59.02.
Bend’s girls had the top team finish of any Central Oregon school.
Tied with crosstown rival Summit for fourth place entering the final event of the night, the Lava Bears, missing their anchor, Ula McPherson, with a shoulder injury, finished third in the 400 free relay to claim the third-place team trophy. The Storm dropped to fifth place.
“Ryann (Reid) got us off to a really good start and it was just maintaining that position,” said Paige Lyons, who swam on the relay with Reid, Maria Wold and Sarah Shaffer. “We knew we weren’t going to beat Jesuit or Sunset but we really wanted to maintain our third-place spot.”
Jesuit’s girls scored 130 points to run away with the state championship. Sunset finished second with 99 points. Bend recorded 50 points.
“It just shows our progression in the last couple of years, how far we’ve come from 5A,” Lyons added of her team finishing third in its first year in Class 6A. It shows how determined we are to win and keep going. We all wanted do well and not come in as just the new school.”
Individually, McPherson was able to gut out a fourth-place finish in the 100 freestyle. Shaffer took fifth in the 200 free.
Bend’s girls 200 free relay also took third, behind Sunset and Jesuit.
The three Central Oregon schools showed they belong in 6A right off the bat in the meet’s first event, the 200 medley relay, in which Summit’s girls (Ani Husaby, Isabelle Young, Maddie Coleman, Emma Cegelka) finished second to Jesuit, then Mountain View (Durgan McKean, Greg Kansky, Griffin McKean, Christopher Davami) placed third in the boys race.
Husaby led the Storm, finishing fourth in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
Mountain View’s boys placed fifth overall, behind Jesuit, Central Catholic, Newberg and West Linn.
Bend’s boys finished 17th with 12 points, seven of them coming from sophomore Gharret Brockman’s third-place finish in the backstroke in 52.83 seconds.
In the 5A meet, also held Saturday at Tualatin Hills, Redmond freshman Ryan Konop placed fifth in the 100 free in 50.18.
In 4A/3A/2A/1A, Sisters’ Lydia Bartlett was runner-up in the 200 free in 1:54.41 and finished third in the 500 free in 5:07.11. Meredith Mandal took sixth in the 100 fly in 1:04.34 for the Outlaws.
Bartlett, Mandal, Brooke Robillard and Maddie Busick also placed fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:45.93 and sixth in the 400 free relay in 3:54.13.
Representing Madras, Elli Williams finished fourth in the 100 free in 54.31 and fifth in the 50 free in 24.71.
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