Nine Canby swimmers qualify for state
GRESHAM — Canby senior Mairen Chard woke up Saturday morning ready for her final Three Rivers League Championship swim meet.
"I haven't felt that way in a really long time, just because swimming is hard, and you get in your head a lot," Chard said. "But today I was ready to go fast and ready to see what I was able to do. Our first relay was evidence of that."
Chard (back), Allison Yancey (breast), Avery Keinonen (fly), and Kylie Hester (free) opened the meet by swimming a school record and state qualifying time of 1 minute, 51.28 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay at Mt. Hood Community College.
"We were all kind of nervous before that, but we got really hyped up after we made it to state," Keinonen said. "We just thrived off of each other's energy."
Keinonen and Chard also swam state qualifying times in the 100 butterfly, finishing third and fourth in 59.04 and 59.97 seconds.
"When one of us does good, we all do good," said Keinonen, who also qualified for state in the 200 IM as a wildcard, after placing fourth on Saturday in 2:13.02. "It's really fun to be a part of this team."
Chard, Keinonen, Yancey and Hester closed the meet by qualifying a second relay for next weekend's state competition, finishing the 400 free in 3:41.09.
Although Hester is a junior, it was her first time swimming at districts. She played basketball as a freshman and then missed last season due to a rodeo injury.
This season has renewed her passion for swimming.
"I never thought that this relay would have such a big impact on me," Hester said. "I've been so blessed to have girls like them with me this year."
Individually, Hester also placed fourth in the 50 free in 25.29 and fifth in the 100 free in 56.10.
Yancey finished fifth in the 200 IM in 2:16.02.
Chard took fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.87.
Canby's swimming program received more good news Sunday afternoon when the boys 200 medley and 400 free relays both qualified for state as wildcards.
At the district meet, Jack Hayhurst (back), Jordan Spencer (breast), Connor DeRisio (fly) and Thomas Diggles (free) placed fourth in the 200 medley in 1:45.64.
Spencer, Diggles, Connor DeRisio and Hunter DeRisio finished third in the 400 free in 3:29.61.
Individually, Spencer also placed fourth in the 200 IM in 2:06.29 and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.22.
The Class 6A state meet is Feb. 21-22 at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
Canby's girls 200 medley relay team is seeded fourth behind Jesuit, Oregon City and South Eugene.
"It is so much more fun when you have people going with you," said Chard, who was the only Canby athlete to swim at state last season. "It makes a world of difference. I wouldn't swim as fast if I didn't have them there. I'm just really proud of the whole team."
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