Scappoose girls swimmers collect even more PRs as team preps for bigger meets

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Nash Wilson of Scappoose High collected a victory in the 200 individual medley during the Indians'  dual meet with La Salle Prep.The Scappoose boys swam away from host La Salle Prep, more than doubling the Falcons' point total in a dual meet on Jan. 4.

The Indians girls came up short at North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie, 100-67.

"On the boys' side, we showed our strength in versatility and put this one away early," Scappoose coach David Richmond said.

But, even in defeat, "the girls had more PRs than the boys and gave us some strong times in several events."

Individually, the boys had six first-placers, with Will Blair claiming the 100-yard and 200 freestyle. Other Scappoose winners: Nash Wilson in the 200 individual medley, Cadmen Posvar in the 100 butterfly, Panachai Kongja in the 50 free and Bryant Sharp in the 100 backstroke.

The Indians got second place in six events — Dimitri Vanderhoef in the 200 IM, Sharp in the 100 fly, Quincy Reynolds in the 100 and 500 free, Brendyn Noellette in the 50 free and Isaac Reed in the 100 back.

"For many of the guys, we made this a workout meet," Richmond said, "and we had a number of guys going in back-to-back races or with short breaks in between."

The Scappoose girls had victories by Mara Wilson (200 free) and Kelsey Ela (100 free).

Runner-up finishes for the Indians girls team came from Stephanie Barnes (200 free), Elizabeth McIsaac (100 fly) and Maddy Thorne (100 breast).

"We had a lot of events where we just got edged out, unfortunately, but we hung tough despite being considerably outnumber," Richmond said.

The relays were a highlight for the Indians, especially on the boys' side, as Scappoose swept all three against the Falcons.

The Indians were second in all three girls relays.

"I was pleased with both the 200 medley relay times," Richmond said. "It had been a month since the girls posted a faster time, and we definitely will drop that considerably once all the girls swim their best times on the same day."

Richmond added Posvar to the boys' 200 medley relay "and he had a great butterfly leg, so we are looking really good. The back half of that relay was fast. We'll see it all come together in the coming weeks."

Richmond also had praise for Sharp and Jesse Oliver on the boys team.

"They stood out with their performances," the coach said. "Bryant had a big anchor leg in the medley, and while usually a freestyler specialist, he shined in the backstroke to come away with the win. Jesse broke the 28-second barrier in the 50 free for the first time. His technique has come a long way. He's tall and lean and has come on this year as a sprinter."

Richmond credited Lauren Whisenhunt, Angelina Dominguez and Amanda Walsh for "all-around strong meets."

Ela "had a big fly leg in the medley as well as taking almost two seconds off her 50 leg. She is looking fast right now."

Next for the Indians is Saturday's competition at the Molalla Invitational, "the biggest meet of the season so far," Richmond said.

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