Strong support spurs on the Bowmen squads
TUALATIN — The cheering.
For the Sherwood High School swim teams, those are big things.
"We have great support," Sherwood senior Danny Bassich said during the Bowmen's Three Rivers League dual meet with Tualatin. "That helps. That helps a lot."
That certainly seemed to show during the meet with the Timberwolves, held last Thursday at the Tualatin Swim Center. At that meet, the Sherwood boys were edged 92-78 by the unbeaten Tualatin team, giving them a 0-4 mark on the season. The Lady Bowmen battled Tualatin to an 85-85 tie, putting them at 2-2-1 in TRL meets.
"I feel like it went pretty well," Bassich said. "We've been able to continue to drop our times."
Bassich certainly seemed to step up for the Bowmen at last week's meet at Tualatin. He swam to victory in the 100-yard butterfly event at that meet in a personal-best time of 58.92 seconds, edging senior teammate Eugene Tam, who was second at 1:00.19.
"I felt like that went really well," Bassich said. "The support of my team really helped me."
And, in maybe the most exciting race of the meet, Bassich teamed with Tam, sophomore Jacob Folsom and junior Braeden Howard to win the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:37.02, edging the Tualatin relay team by .11 seconds.
Bassich, swimming the anchor leg for the Bowmen in that race, was side-by-side with Tualatin's Ryan Janetsky at the finish.
"I barely touched him out," Bassich said with a smile. "That was a lot of fun."
Bassich and Jannety shook hands in the pool following the race, which looked to be a constant theme to the meet.
"It's nice to share good sportsmanship," Bassich said. "That makes it even more fun."
Also for the Sherwood boys at the meet, senior Brandon Hughes sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 24.24.
In the 200 medley relay, the Bowmen team of Hughes, Tam, Bassich and junior Sam Ettelstein picked up a victory in a time of 1:47.07.
Howard was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:16.59 and he was the runner-up in the 500 freestyle in 5:20.78. Folsom was second in the 50 freestyle in 24.45 and he was second in the 100 freestyle in 54.07. Hughes was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.35 and Tam was second in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.36.
For the Sherwood girls, sophomore Hunter Stewart helped lead the way, swimming to victory in a pair of individual events.
Stewart won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:28.09 and she had a winning mark of 1:06.87 in the 100 butterfly.
Lady Bowmen junior Lizzy Cichoski swam to victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.34. Sherwood freshman Shelby Slens won the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.13.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Lady Bowmen team of junior Emily Pannell, freshman Morgan Prill, Slens and senior Emma Jacobs picked up a win in 1:54.31.
Also for the Sherwood girls, Pannell was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.00. She also placed second in the 500 freestyle in 5:55.79. Slens was second in the 200 individual medley in 2:31.11. Prill was second in the 50 freestyle in 28.34. She also was second in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.78.
The Sherwood teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face Tigard in a Three Rivers League dual meet, starting at 4 p.m. at the Tigard Swim Center.