Mairen Chard was the Cougars lone representative at the state meet, taking 13th, 14th in two events

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Canby junior Mairen Chard was the Cougars lone representative at the state meet, taking 13th and 14th in her two events.
Canby junior Mairen Chard is one of the top 15 fastest swimmers in the state. The lone Cougar at the state meet finished 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.77 seconds, besting her seeded time of 1:00.42.

Chard also swam in the 100-yard backstroke and place 13th with a time of 59.21 seconds.

"This year's state meet was much faster than it has been in the past," Chard said. "6A has grown quite a bit, and four schools were added this year, so the competition was much deeper."

Despite being Canby's only representative at the state meet, Chard did not feel any excessive pressure on her shoulders. At least, none from the outside.

"I wouldn't say there was any more pressure than there has been in the last two years I've been to state," Chard said. "I think the coaches at Canby do a really good job of being supportive. So most of the pressure comes from myself and my own expectations."

While the results may not have been as high as Chard was hoping for, repping the gold and blue at the state meet was a part of the process Chard got to enjoy. Plus, her season is only partly over and there is time to continue swimming.

"They made changes to the meet this year so they were only taking nine for finals on the second day, so I didn't make the finals," Chard said. "But I'm happy with how I did because I'm a club swimmer this is only my first championship meet for the season, so I'm on track to do very well at the end of my season. But I'm very happy to have represented Canby the way I did."

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