Cougars see successes at state
Canby's swimming season came to a conclusion Saturday at the Class 6A state championships, where the Cougar girls finished 10th and the boys tied for 22nd.Canby's 12-swimmer contingent put together some solid swims during the meet."All the swimmers did an amazing job," coach Eric Laitinen said. "This was the highest finish for the girl's team since 2007. The girl's team was led by Kali Mull, Avery Keinonen and Allison Yancey."
Mull swam to lifetime bests in the 100 and 200 free, finishing fourth in the 200 (1:54.57) and eighth in the 100 (53.79). Keinonen also added a pair of lifetime bests, getting ninth in the 200 IMI (2:10.99) and seventh in the 100 fly (58.66). Not to be outdone, Yancey also delivered a pair of lifetime bests, including a team record. She finished seventh in the 200 IM (2:10.3) and was 11th in the 100 breaststroke in a team record 1:07.64. In the 200-medley relay, the team of Mull, Keinonen, Allison and Amanda Yancey swam to an eighth-place finish in a season best time of 1:51.18. In the 400 free relay,Keinonen, Mull, Allison Yancey joined Kennedy Hester swam to a time of 3:38.64 but were disqualified for an early takeoff. "It was disappointing, but really there is a huge upside to the swim, as all four swimmers will be returning next year to swim even faster," Laitinen said. "The Canby girls really had a fantastic meet."
On the boy's side, things started similar to the girls with an eight-place finish in the 200 medley relay courtesy of Hunter DeRisio, Kai Laitinen, Connor DeRisio and Jack Hayhurst. The quartet clocked a time of 1:42.80.
Senior Hunter DeRisio swam the 100 free and 100 back individually, finishing 12th and 18th, respectively. Isaac Beck, swimming in his first high school state meet, swam the 500 free, finishing in 15th place with a time of 5:03.75. Jack Hayhurst also swam the 100 back and finished 16th, dropping a second from his entered time and equaling his lifetime best time.The boys also swam the 400 free relay with members Connor DeRisio, Jack Hayhurst, Isaac Beck and Hunter DeRisio. Their time of 3:23.98 bettered the season's best time in that event, good enough for 11th place."Sad to say this is the final high school meet for Connor and Hunter DeRisio, as well as Jack Hayhurst," Laitinen said. "They will be missed next year. "Overall, it was a great meet, and I am so proud of what the Canby swimmers accomplished this year," the coach added. "It was a very exciting year. I would like to give a special thanks to Nathan Templeman as our team owes him much of the success. He puts in a lot of time year-round coaching many of the swimmer on the Canby Gators."
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