Scappoose swimmers prep for Cowapa meet
The biggest meets of the year are coming — and the Scappoose swim teams are ready.
The Indians, who will compete in the Cowapa League Championship beginning at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens, proved their readiness last week when they battled talented Astoria at Astoria Aquatic Center on Jan. 23 and stepped up again at the Blanchet Invitational on Saturday.
The Scappoose boys team came through with an impressive 96.5-72.5 victory over the Fisherman — a team the Indians edged in the regular season a year ago and lost to at district — while the shorthanded Scappoose girls team dropped an 88-77 decision.
And in the Blanchet meet — held at The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center pool — the Scappoose boys finished second among six teams while the Indian girls placed fourth.
"(The) Astoria boys and girls provided a good test for us," said Scappoose coach David Richmond. "We were missing eight girls for this meet and only lost by 11 points."
That success gives Richmond hope that big things are coming at both the Cowapa League meet and the Feb. 9-10 district championship at Astoria Aquatic Center. Friday's Cowapa meet will include Scappoose Tillamook, Astoria, Valley Catholic, Seaside and Rainier.
"Their boys present a real threat this year at the league meet," Richmond said. "Our goal is to repeat this year and they swam inspired ... against us (last week). I have been telling our boys (that) Astoria's team is deep and has the boys to match up with us (so) I don't think they'll catch us off guard."
While complete results were not available from the Astoria meet, highlights include the following:
• Indian freshman Will Blair posted wins in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly races, taking top honors in the 50 free with a time of 24.41 and leading a 1-2-3 sweep there, followed by teammates Brannigan Vogt (second at 25.51) and Bryant Sharp (third with a 25.67).
Blair came back in the next race to win the butterfly with a time of 1:02.05, while Vogt was third at 1:06.63.
• Junior Quincy Reynolds took the 100 backstroke in 1:12.86, while sophomore teammate Brisyn Maller placed second at 1:20.15.
• The 200 medley relay team of Nash Wilson, William Harley, Vogt and Bryant Sharp finished first 1:56.14.
• The 400 freestyle relay team of Wilson, Reynolds, Blair and Vogt finished first at 3:45.02.
The Indians were tough at Blanchet, too, racking up 220 points and trailing just Silverton's 371.
"This was an excellent last meet leading into the Cowapa League Championships on Friday," Richmond said, noting that his team set 59 personal bests in the meet. "We haven't swum to our peak as (relays) yet, but it's coming soon."
Boys' highlights from Blanchet were:
• Blair took first in the 50 free at 23.92 and second in the 100 free with a 53.90.
• Reynolds grabbed third in the 200 free at 2:07.32 and third in the 100 free with a 55.98.
• The Scappoose 200 free relay team took second with a 1:39.15.
• Wilson took fifth in the 100 backstroke at 1:06.89.
• Harley took second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.18.
• The 400 free relay team took first at 3:41.66.
While the Scappoose girls team's highlights were fewer due to their limited numbers, the Indians still recorded some solid swims against both Astoria and Blanchet and showing promise for the big meets ahead.
"Our girls could be in the hunt this year as well," Richmond said. "We are looking forward to big results this week."
Highlights available from the Astoria meet came from:
• Montana Poppenhagen, second in the 200 freestyle at 2:54.62.
• Gabie Krueger, second in the 200 individual medley at 2:39.83, and second again in the 100 breaststroke at 1:21.31.
• Ciara Dreeszen, second in the 50 free at 29.90 and second again in the 100 free at 1:04.98.
• Kelsey Ela, second in the 100 butterfly at 1:31.25.
• The girls 400 free relay team of Ela, Dreeszen, Maddy Thorne and Krueger, first at 3:45.02.
At Blanchet, Silverton finished first with 429 points while the Indian girls closed the meet with 116.
Girls' highlights from Blanchet included:
• Dreeszen, third in the 200 free at 2:22.77.
• Krueger, first in the 200 IM at 2:38.42.
• Ela, fourth in the 1:26.88.