Canby relay places sixth at Class 6A swimming championships
BEAVERTON — During Friday's prelims at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center, Mairen Chard, Allison Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kylie Hester broke the Canby school record in the 200-yard medley relay for the third time this season.
Advancing to Saturday's finals, the Cougars then swam the same time, exactly, 1 minute, 50.74 seconds, to place sixth at the Class 6A State Swimming Championships.
"We had already broken our record so many times that tying it was cool," said Keinonen, who swam butterfly on the relay. "It was really exciting to race again because I love all of these girls. We all swim so well together, and our rhythm was just great."
Keinonen and Yancey, both freshmen, and Hester, a junior, wanted to swim well for Chard, a senior, competing in her final race for Canby.
"Being Mairen's senior year, we were all pumped up and ready to go kick some butt," said Hester, who swam freestyle. "I've been swimming with these girls since I was about six. They all gave me their all. I've got to give them my all."
"It was an amazing experience," said Yancey, who swam breaststroke. "It was great to come here with my team and have a great time. I think we just gave it our all. We just wanted to make it really special."
Jesuit won the relay in 1:46.16. Oregon City finished second in 1:47.65.
"It's faster than I was expecting it to be, for sure," Yancey said. "It was really fast. It was just great to come here with all the girls."
Swimming backstroke, Chard was the first Canby swimmer in the water.
"I think that's an awesome race to be my last race," she said. "I thought it was awesome. I'm so proud of the girls. They're doing great. I couldn't ask for more."
Individually, Keinonen also advanced to finals in the 100 fly, where she placed seventh in 58.76 seconds.
"It was really cool because I'm a freshman, so I didn't necessarily expect to make it to finals against other kids that are older than me," Keinonen said. "I wanted to make finals. That was my main goal, and I did that."
Jesuit sophomore Fay Lustria won the 100 fly in 54.93.
"It definitely showed me that I have to race really fast to make it back to finals," Keinonen said, looking forward to the next three seasons. "I just have to go out and race and try to beat my own time, but I also have to race against the girls next to me, because that's when I swim my best, just trying to beat my neighbors."
As the last of 18 teams to qualify for state in both the boys 200 medley (Jack Hayhurst, Jordan Spencer, Connor DeRisio and Thomas Diggles) and 400 free (Spencer, Diggles, Connor DeRisio and Hunter DeRisio) relays, the Cougars finished 16th in the 200 and jumped to 15th in the 400, dropping time in both events.
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Three Molalla swimmers advanced to finals of the Class 4A-1A state meet.
Sophomore Jordan Cowan finished fifth in the boys 100 fly in 58.28. Junior Zachary Ferrell took fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.97, and Lucia Martin Garcia placed sixth in the girls 100 fly in 1:03.57.
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