Cougars jump back in the pool
Canby High's swim team was back in the pool Jan. 6, hosting Lakeridge High School in a dual meet. The Cougar girls emerged with a 107-63 win, while the boys team fell by a 97-73 score.
The Canby girls started the meet finishing first and third in the 200 medley relay. Allison Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull swam for the first place team, while Halaina Crispin, Karina Sawatsky, Katie Ball and Ashley Peterson were the third place squad.
And with that, the girls team got rolling.
Mull won the 200 free by 17 seconds and Mikayla Knowles finished third. In the 200 IM, Keinonen and Amanda Yancey finished first and second, Kennedy Hester swam to second in the 50 free, while Allison Yancey swam to first in the 100 fly, finishing six seconds ahead of second place. Sawatsky added a strong third in that event as well.
Hester had a good second race in the meet, finishing first in the 100 freestyle as teammate Ali Parsons finished in third. In the 500 free, Mull swam to first place and Kathryn Taggart, in her first 500, finished in third, only a second behind second place. In the 200 free relay, Canby finished second and third. The second place team was made up of Hester, Sawatsky, Knowles and Parsons, while the third place team featured Crispin, Amy Smith, Megan Slater and Faith Mason.
Canby finished one-two in the 100 back with Allison Yancey and Keinonen leading the way. In the 100 breaststroke, Canby swam to second-third finish with Amanda Yancey and Sawatsky finishing in those spots, respectively.
The girls finished the meet the same way they started, with Allison Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Keinonen and Mull finishing first in the 400 freestyle relay, and Hester, Knowles, Ball and Taggart in third place.
For the Canby boys, the meet got off to a strong start from Jack Hayhurst, Kai Laitinen, Connor DeRisio and Hunter DeRisio as they battled to a win in the 200 medley relay.
Hunter DeRisio swam to first place in the 200 free with Alyk House finishing third. In the 200 IM, Hayhurst finished in second place, just off his best time. In the 50 free, Connor DeRisio was second and then turned around and swam the next race, the 100 fly, this time snagging the win. Brandon Slater finished the 100 fly in third with a season's best time.
In the 100 free, Hunter DeRisio finished with a first place swim. Laitinen won the 500 free, dropping 14 seconds of his best time, while House finished third. Hayhurst came away with a win in the 100 backstroke, outpacing the competition by eight seconds, Laitinen swam to second place in the 100 breaststroke but swam a best time by three seconds, and in the 400 free relay, Canby swimmers Connor DeRisio, Hayhurst, Slater and DeRisio finished in second place.
"It was great to get back to racing again," coach Eric Heinonen said. Canby is scheduled to swim at Tualatin on Thursday, Jan. 13.
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