Scappoose girls swimmers finish strong
The Scappoose girls swim team ended the season with the district swimming crown.
The team had a strong season, but a district championship meet was scheduled at the last minute, meaning that many teams had low numbers because swimmers had already committed to vacations, jobs or other activities.
"It was hard to know what to expect being down so many swimmers and not knowing what other teams had available, but it came down to the wire again against LaSalle," coach David Richmond said.
Scappoose won the district meet, beating out La Salle which is frequently one of the strongest teams in the district.
Sophomore Emma Jeppesen was named Swimmer of the Year for the district. She took first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events.
The girls team placed first in both the season's dual meets and the district championship meet. Both were a first since the team moved up to the 5A classification.
The girls hadn't won a district meet title since 2012.
The trio of Anna Cox, Addy Brubaker and Vivian Irving in the 500-yard freestyle boosted Scappoose's score, giving the team a solid lead to push through the rest of the events.
"We knew coming into the meet that was our big splash event and the girls stepped up and nailed it to put us up. We didn't look back from there," Richmond said.
The girls finished with first place in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
"I told the girls if it comes down to the 400 I wanted our best team in the water to seal it," Richmond said. "They sealed it and won the event to top it off."
Boys swimming struggles through districts
Only two swimmers were able to compete at districts for the boys side of the Scappoose swim team.
The team was smaller than usual to start this season, and most swimmers were on vacations or had other commitments by the time the district meet was scheduled, or in the case of star senior Will Blair, had an injury, coach David Richmond said.
Scappoose took last place out of the five teams that participated in the June 25 district meet.
With only two swimmers, Scappoose couldn't compete in any of the relays at the meet.
But the two swimmers who made it, junior Aiden Becker and sophomore Sam Weitman, were able to set new personal bests.
Weitman took 30 seconds off his 500-yard freestyle time and six seconds off his 100-yard breaststroke, Richmond said.
Becker set personal bests in the 200-yard freestyle, placing seventh at 2:30.28, and the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fourth at 1:19.65
Although the two swimmers couldn't out-swim the larger teams of competitors, Richmond said he was happy with both Weitman and Becker's performances.
"You always want to see kids go out with best times in the biggest meet of the year," Richmond said.
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