Scappoose boys first, girls second at Cowapa swim championship
*This story has been corrected
The Indians stepped up.
The Scappoose swim teams, competing in the Cowapa League championship meet at St. Helens' Eisenschmidt Pool on Friday, stepped up and showed the rest of the league's best what was what.
The Indian boys came through to win the team title with 371 points, with Astoria second at 323, Valley Catholic third at 157, Seaside fourth at 148 and Tillamook fifth at 57.
On the girls side, Scappoose placed second in the five-team field with 246 points and trailing only Tillamook's 319. The rest of the girls team scoring included Astoria at 207, Seaside with 185 and Valley Catholic at 150.
"We had a monster meet ... and the kids stepped up when it mattered most," said Scappoose coach David Richmond, whose boys won their second straight Cowapa title with a new meet record for total points. The Scappoose girls finished second to Tillamook for a second straight time, but cut the Cheesemakers' margin of victory considerably. "Every goal in this meet we set, we accomplished."
In total, the Indians recorded 62 personal bests in the meet, the most for a single meet all season and a result that gave Scappoose 212 personal bests in its last four meets.
Next up, the Indians will swim in the District 1 Championship meet at Astoria Aquatic Center, with preliminaries beginning at 1 p.m. Friday and championship finals at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
Highlights for the Indian boys team came fast and furious on Friday, their efforts kicked off when the 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Nash Wilson, senior Will Harley, senior Brannigan Vogt and sophomore Bryant Sharp placed first in a winning time of 1 minute, 52.78 seconds.
Other notable swims included:
• Vogt came through to win a Cowapa title in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:04.56 (with teammate Wilson second at 1:05.56).
• Freshman Will Blair won the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.33 (with junior teammate Quincy Reynolds third at 55.87).
• The 200 freestyle relay team of Sharp, Harley, Reynolds and Blair took top honors with a time of 1:39.
• Wilson topped the 100 backstroke field with a mark of 1:05.53.
• And the 400 freestyle relay team — Wilson, Reynolds, Blair and Vogt — capped the day with the best performance of the day, giving the team a sweep of the relays with a winning time of 3:39.88, a time that was both a new school and new meet record.
"Our boys dominated," Richmond said.
Other highlights included: Reynolds, second in the 200 free at 2:03.45 and third in the 100 free at 55.87; Harley, second in the 200 IM at 2:25.98; Blair, second in the 50 free at 23.47 (with Vogt and Sharp third and fourth); and Harley, second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:11.68.
In the girls meet, Tillamook was as good as gold, winning nine of the day's 11 events (and also finishing second twice and third three times) to leave the rest of the field far behind.
That said, the Indians were better than everybody else, notching two second-place finishes, three thirds and five fifths to secure second place.
"We came in down 150 points on the form chart to Tillamook and closed the gap to 73, which was impressive by our girls," Richmond said. "(We) had a seven-point lead on Astoria and 22 on Valley Catholic coming in and they put them away decisively by 29 and 61 points."
The Indians saw two of their relay teams finish second on Friday, with senior MacKenzie Ela, senior Ciara Dreeszen, senior Gabie Krueger and sophomore Kelsey Ela swimming 1:56.21 in the 200 free relay, and Ela, Dreeszen, junior Maddy Thorne and Krueger going 4:29.45 in the 400 free relay.
Other Scappoose highlights were:
• Dreeszen, third in the 200 freestyle at 2:17.38, and third again in the 100 breaststroke at 1:18.54.
• And Krueger, third in the 200 IM at 2:37.32.
*The original version of this story had an incorrect photo caption accompanying the image of junior Montana Poppenhagen in the 200-yard medley relay.