Scappoose boys race to ninth at Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming
Simply the best.
There's no other or better way to describe this year's Scappoose boys swim team.
The Indians, already winners of the Cowapa League meet and runners-up in Special District 1, made their mark at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet on Saturday, racing to ninth place, the best finish in school history. The Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet was held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
"This meet put the finishing touches on a historic season for Scappoose swimming," said Indians coach David Richmond. "There is no question, this boys team will go down as the best boys team in school history."
In total, the Indians sent individuals and relay teams to state in six events, reached the finals in four of those and finished with eight points. District 1 champ Newport took the team title with 74, points, followed in the top three by North Bend with 48 and Salem Academy with 39.
Needless to say, Richmond and the Indians reveled in their success at state.
"Our goal coming into the year was to finish in the top 10 as a team and get at least one relay into the state finals, and we got all three of them in," Richmond said. "To have six events make the state meet and get four of them into finals exceeded many expectations coming into the year. That is a testament to their hard work and determination all year long."
Scappoose showed it belonged right from the first event in Saturday's championship finals, swimming to sixth place in the 200-yard medley relay, with sophomore Nash Wilson, senior Will Harley, senior Brannigan Vogt and sophomore Bryant Sharp recording a time of 1 minute, 50.90 seconds.
"I was most impressed with that relay quartet as they were the ones on the fringe to make finals and really dialed it in during prelims to make the final," Richmond said.
Next up, freshman Will Blair came through with a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle at 23.23, and later, swam to eighth place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 51.51.
In the 50 free, Blair took a half second off his personal best in the preliminaries, broke the school record by .4 and then finished fifth after being ranked just ninth entering the meet.
"His start was excellent, his first half was fast and smooth and his back half is as good as anyone in the state," Richmond said, noting that Blair is the first swimmer in Scappoose history to qualify for state in the 50.
Scappoose showed its strength next in the 200 freestyle relay — one of its three state-meet relay teams — with Sharp, Harley, junior Quincy Reynolds and Blair taking sixth again at 1:35.89. In the preliminaries, the Indians broke the school record by three seconds with a 1:34.61.
Next up, Nash came through for a ninth-place finish in the 100 backstroke, closing his Saturday race with a personal best time of 1:02.00.
And finally, the Scappoose 400 freestyle relay team of Wilson, Reynolds, Blair and Vogt raced to a sixth-place finish at 3:31.51.
In addition to celebrating the success of the 2017-18 team at state, the Indians' efforts also gave Richmond great hope for what might lie ahead.
"We have a young base of boys to build around over the next few years and I'm excited to see them compete together and push each other to be elite swimmers for years to come," Richmond added. "I believe the best may still be to come."