PREP WATCH: Scots reload; Jesuit boys start strong
David Douglas' girls swimming team hasn't lost a dual meet in six years. But after graduating 24 swimmers over the past two years -- five of them now competing in college -- the Scots will be "a different team this year," coach Jim Bowe says.
"In years past," he says, "we've been able to fill those 2 through 4 spots pretty well. This year, we'll need to win races to compete at district."
Top tankers for the Scots include senior Hao Nguyen, juniors Pamela Kennedy and Alana Pham and sophomore Elizabeth Fryer.
The girls were 11th at the Class 6A meet last season.
The David Douglas boys swim team, which placed ninth at state last season, returns Lucky Le, who was fourth in the 50 freestyle, Raymond Miller, Sam Redwine-Hixson and others.
Central Catholic's girls downed Centennial 112-49 in a dual meet last week, but the Rams boys lost a dual for the first time since 2011, falling to Centennial 97-73.
Jesuit's boys posted an early-season victory over Southridge 119-51 last week, serving notice that the Crusaders are a strong 6A state contender.
Sophomore Sean Calkins and freshman Anthony Nosack are among those leading the way.
Calkins won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Nosack, a club swimmer for the Oregon Thunderbolts, won the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 100 butterfly.
Senior Jackson Wahl won the 500 freestyle and was the runner-up in the 100 backstroke. John Casas won the 200 individual medley and the 100 fly.
"We have a really young team with a lot of good freshmen," Calkins says. "We have a long way to go still. We have a lot of developing to do, especially growing. But, it's looking pretty good for this year. It's hard to judge how it'll play out, but it should be a pretty good season for us."