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The Cougar girls held off St. Mary's and Lakeridge, while the boys got third; 12 swimmers qualify for state

It was quite a finish to the Three Rivers League season for the Canby swim team. The Cougars claimed the girls team title, the boys got third, and 12 swimmers will represent Canby at the state meet next weekend.

Here's a look at how the Canby swimmers fared at the district meet.

"Canby swimmers swam very well a the district meet," coach Eric Laitinen said. "The seniors really stepped up, but the whole team did fantastic. Remember, they didn't have a district meet last year, so for half the team it was a new experience and they held up well. "The state meet will also be new for half of the swimmers going. We just want them to swim faster and move up in the rankings, and we will see where that puts us this year," Laitinen added.

The Canby girls 200 medley relay of Allison Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull finished second in a time of 1:51.67, which earned them an automatic state meet berth. In the boys 200 medley relay, Hunter DeRisio, Kai Laitinen, Connor DeRisio and Jack Hayhurst swam to a third place finish in a season's best of 1:43.70.

In the 200 free, all four girls finished in the top 16 with Kali Mull in second with an automatic state qualifying time, Kathryn Taggart in eighth, Ally Parsons in 11th and Amy Smith in 15th. The boys 200 free had Isaac Beck in fifth and Alyk House in 10th.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Canby's Allison Yancey charges for the wall during the Cougar's team win in the girls competition at the district meet. She's one of 12 swimmers to qualify for the state meet.

In the 200 IM for girls, Allison Yancey earned a third place and an automatic state qualifying time of 1:10.03, Avery Keinonen was fourth and Amanda Yancey was seventh. The boy's Jack Hayhurst finished fourth and Kai Laitinen earned a fifth in the 200 IM.

In the girls 50 free, Kennedy Hester swam to fourth place, while Ashley Peterson finished in 12th. Connor DeRisio was sixth in the 50 free for the boys.

In the 100 fly, once again all four girls scored -- Avery Keinonen was fifth and clocked an automatic state meet qualifying time, Karina Sawatsky was 12th, Mikayla Knowles was 14th and Katie Ball was 16th. In the boys 100 fly, Connor DeRisio was third and Brandon Slater was 15th.

The 100 free had Kali Mull finish in third place and Kennedy Hester got sixth. For the boys, Hunter DeRisio finished third in the 100 free and Jamison Chard was 14th.

Canby 500 free swimmers for the girls were Kathryn Taggart in seventh with a best time of 5:56.40, Mikayla Knowles finished 12th and Amy Smith was 15th.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - The Canby boys swim team snagged a third place finish at the district meet on Feb. 12. They'll be sending a contingent to the state meet.

In the girls 200 free relay, the foursome of Kennedy Hester, Katheryn Taggart, Karina Sawatsky and Ali Parsons finished in fifth with a season's best. The boys 200 free relay of Isaac Beck, Zack Peck, Kai Laitinen, and Jamison Chard finished in sixth place.

In the 100 back, Canby had some surprise finishers with Ali Parsons in eight and Faith Mason in 14th, both with big time drops for the season. For the boys 100 backstroke, Hunter DeRisio finished third, Jack Hayhurst was fourth and Alyk House finished seventh.

The girls 100 breaststroke was a highlight of the meet with Allison Yancey swimming to a new Canby High record of 1:07.77, good enough for third place. The old record had stood since 2008. Amanda Yancey finished in fifth place and Karina Sawatsky was 12th. Brandon Slater finished the 100 breaststroke in 13th place.

In the 400 free relay, the girls team of Allison Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull finished third in a season's best 3:45.35. The boys relay of Connor DeRisio, Jack Hayhurst, Isaac Beck and Hunter DeRisio also finished third with another season's best, 3:25.38.

State qualifiers were: girls 200 medley and 400 free relays with Allison Yancey, Amanda Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull. Kali Mull in the 200 free, Avery Keinonen in the 100 fly and 200 IM, Allison Yancey in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Hunter DeRisio in the 100 free and 100 back, Jack Hayhurst in the 100 back, Isaac Beck in the 500 free, and the boys 200 medley relay of Hunter DeRisio, Kai Laitinen, Connor DeRisio and Jack Hayhurst, as well as the 400 free relay of Connor DeRisio, Hunter DeRisio, Isaac Beck and Jack Hayhurst. Karina Sawatsky, Kennedy Hester and Jamison Chard as relay alternates.

Girls Team Scores: Canby - 312.50, St. Mary's - 304, Lakeridge - 300.50, West Linn - 287, Lake Oswego - 253, Tualatin - 162, Oregon City - 159, Tigard - 148.

Boys Team Scores: Lake Oswego - 511, Lakeridge - 345, Canby - 264.50, West Linn - 260.5, Tualatin - 232, Tigard - 149, Oregon City - 94.


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