Local swimmers punch tickets to next week's OSAA championships
Oregon City junior Jane Shroufe made a big splash at Saturday's Three Rivers League swimming championships, placing first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke, and swimming a leg on the Pioneers winning 200 medley relay team at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.
Michelle Vu added a win in the 100 butterfly and helped Oregon City's 200 freestyle to a second-place finish in qualifying for next weekend's OSAA Class 6A state championships at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
West Linn won the girls team title with 249.5 points to runner-up St. Mary's Academy's 177. Canby placed third with 166 points, while Oregon City and Tualatin tied for fourth with 165 points each.
"We had a great meet," Pioneers coach Bryan Watt said. "Across the board, we maybe didn't perform up to where our athletes wanted to be, but I'm really happy.
"I really enjoyed seeing some of my swimmers placing in the A finals. I don't want to say we had more than expected, but I was happy to see as many as we had."
Oregon City's girls 200 medley relay team of Ashlyn Watt, Grace Zarosinski, Shroufe, and Vu opened Saturday's final on a strong note, posting a winning time of 1:49.66 to runner-up Canby's 1:51.28.
Schroufe then came back and finished more than two seconds ahead of West Linn's Gabby Calvi to win the 200 freestyle in 1:54.90.
"That race was all right," Shroufe said. "It felt pretty good, but it wasn't a best time. I was a little tired from the relay still, but was still really run.
"The time was only a few tenths off my best time, so I wasn't unhappy with it, but I know I can do better at state."
Shroufe later finished more than four seconds in front of Lake Oswego's Haily Oldham to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.90.
This marks the third year in a row that Shroufe has advanced to the state finals, qualifying in five different individual events — the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke as a freshman, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle as a sophomore, and the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke this season — in addition to the relays.
Vu, the Oregon City sophomore, also dealt with some fatigue issues Saturday coming off the medley relay and a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle as she won the 100 butterfly in 57.80 seconds, claiming the district title for the second season in a row.
"Honestly, before the event, I was really feeling my legs and my coach came over and said, 'Just have fun,'" said Vu, last year's state runner-up in the 100 butterfly. "I realized I'm here for my team and it was the team spirit that's keeping me going."
In the boys meet, Oregon City sprinter Ian Watt, a senior at North Clackamas Christian, advanced to state for the third season in a row after winning the 50 freestyle in 22.42 seconds and placing second in the 100 free 49.18.
"I'm so proud of my son Ian for getting first place in the 50 free and second in the 100 free," Bryan Watt said. "I think Ian is going to be one of those swimmers who does a little bit better at state, time-wise."
Ian Watt placed 12th at the state finals in the 50 freestyle as a sophomore, and the made the cut for the A final a year ago when he finished eighth in 21.86.
MT. HOOD CONFERENCE: Clackamas junior Mitchell Hopper won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke to help pace the Cavaliers to a second-place finish at Saturday's Mt. Hood Conference swimming championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.
Scott Visscher added a win in the 50 freestyle, Owen Ngan placed second in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle, and the quartet of Ethan Tran, Hopper, Ngan, and Visscher took top honors in both the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle relay in qualifying for the state championships beginning Friday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
David Douglas racked up 297 points to claim the team title, followed by Clackamas with 242 and Central Catholic with 164.
In the girls meet, Clackamas junior Mirella Rutigliano won the 100 breaststroke and freshman Hannah Sharp set the winning pace in the 100 backstroke, while David Douglas repeated as team champions, edging the Cavaliers by a 299.5-272.5 margin for top honors.
"The team came together and did an awesome job," Clackamas coach Jennifer Jarvis said. "Many of our swimmers achieved personal bests and improved their overall standing in finals. We have more state qualifiers than we have ever had.
"The most important thing about these swimmers is their character. They are a class act all of the way. They support their teammates and they congratulate their opponents. They are an exceptional group of young swimmers and we are privileged to coach them."
In the boys' 100 freestyle, Hopper touched the wall three seconds ahead of Barlow's Josiah Hoccom, finishing in a winning time of 48.13 seconds.
"My underwater push is pretty far and that allows me to maintain my speed coming off the wall," Hopper said. "It's close between us and David Douglas ever year, so we needed the points. It will definitely help."
NORTHWEST OREGON CONFERENCE: La Salle Prep's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Elliot Hansen, Kenny Nguyen, David Jensen, and Duc Bui finished more than 15 seconds ahead of Wilsonville as the Falcons clinched the boys team tile 258-245 over Scappoose at Saturday's Northwest Oregon Conference championships at Parkrose High School.
On the girls' side, La Salle Prep's Sidney Lefranc won the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, Mag Greer set the pace in the 100 freestyle, leading the Falcons to the team title by a 242-238 margin over Wilsonville.
La Salle's 200 freestyle relay team of Aislinn McCarthy, Hanna Nguyen, Greer, and Lefranc also posted a winning time of 1:49.81, edging Putnam's team of Megan Anspach, Riley Bader, Janiece Cappoen, and Clara Fost by 16-hundredths of a second.
"We had some novel challenges this year and I'm very pleased with what our rookie coaching staff did and how our athletes rose to the challenge this year," said first-year Falcons coach Paul Collins, who was named the NWOC Coach of the Year in voting by his peers.
— David Ball of the Gresham Outlook contributed to this report
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