Scapppose swimming program pushing toward final month
The anticipation is rising with each day, the apex is near.
The Scappoose swimming program is in full preparation mode, training at full tilt, sharpening strokes in practice, competing and still winning in meets that truly matter. February represents the finish line, the end goals for which the Indians are after.
Both the boys' and girls' teams are toiling away. The boys smacked Wilsonville in a dual meet and took second at the Indians' Invitational Swim Meet while the girls took sixth.
The boys earned a trophy for the second straight year, winning four of the first six races in finals. Head coach David Richmond thought Scappoose had the boys free relay but we were just out-touched by Silverton. Bryant Sharp put down a 22.25 anchor split to almost bring back the lead. Sharp was trailed by five yards when Cadmen Posvar touched and sprinted to the "fastest boys 50 free split possibly of all time," Richmond said.
"No one's been faster in my 15 years," Richmond said. "I love the effort put forth yesterday and the desire to improve. I was very proud of both teams. "
After only getting one girls' event to finals last year, Scappoose had eight this year. Almost the entire team made the finals in at least one event. Richmond said it was "exhausting" for the swimmers especially those who had to swim eight events over eight hours but said Scappoose is "looking really good and ready for February. "
"I can't wait to see what we can do in the coming weeks," Richmond said.
Richmond specifically pointed out a few exceptional swimmers, one being Posvar.
"To see him win the 200 free made me smile," Richmond said. "The guy has such a great story and has earned everything he's worked for. It was great to see him win."
Rachel Lauridsen had a big day and showed great improvement in the butterfly. Max White and Gustavo Villaluazo continue to compete and push each other to get better. It's a "fun, friendly" rivalry, Richmond explained. Amanda Walsh had a strong day in the 500 and swam a strong, swift 400 relay split. Emma Hinsvark also swam to a season-best 200 free relay split and made the finals in the 100 free. Nash Wilson was "Mr. Consistent again" and Will Blair had his best 100 free performance of the season in his open 100 free. Cole Bakkensen has been working hard to improve his times and had personal bests in both his 200 free and 100 breastroke.
Richmond said his teams are doing more distance and interval training right now and mix in sprints and kicking. They do a variety every day in practice to work on different muscle groups and for different purposes such as endurance and speed. The Indians partake in dryland training prior to practice three nights a week to work on core and shoulders primarily.
"It is difficult to do, but peaking kids for the end of the season is the most important thing and keeping them mentally sharp and motivated is important," Richmond said. "We've had a very high success rate with getting our teams to peak in February and I hope we continue that this year."
Against Wilsonville, Richmond said there were many fast times. For a short meet, with little time for recovery, Richmond said, his team had a lot of personal bests. Anna Cox had a couple of three-second personal records in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke. Lyla Dubois stood out leading off the 200-medley relay in the backstroke and in the 100 backstroke where she set a new personal best. Emma Jeppesen and Kelsey Ela went head to head with a girl from Wilsonville and swam to what appeared "almost like a three-way tie it was so close" according to Richmond.
"Kelsey is really starting to turn it on, and her times are starting to drop," Richmond said. "It's giving her confidence which I like seeing."
Miah Garrett swam her first 100 butterfly and finished third place.
"She was concerned she wouldn't be able to get through it, but she looked strong throughout," Richmond said. "Emma Hinsvark and Mya Carpenter also had nice personal bests in the same event."
For the boys, the Indians mixed up the relays quite a lot to provide some more competition and a number of them swam really impressive times. Sharp swam about a half-second improvement on his anchor leg which was the second-fastest that the Indians have seen by a Scappoose boy since Richmond took coaching.
"He was moving," Richmond said of Sharp.
Posvar also had a huge anchor for his team improving by a second. Sharp came back minutes later to win the 200 freestyle. Will Blair was a double winner and had a three-second personal record in his breaststroke.
"It's been the stroke that probably gives him the most issues, but he's been turning it on lately," Richmond said. "He now has the second-fastest breaststroke on the team, and we're loaded in that event."
Richmond also thought Owen Reynolds had a great 200 individual medley, dropping five seconds in that race.
"He is showing greater endurance than has," Richmond said of Reynolds. "He's now healthy and his time is dropping quickly."
Dimitri Vanderhoef also had a three-second personal best in the 100 butterfly.
"He is always willing to do the tougher events," Richmond said. "I love that about him. He's having a strong senior year."
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