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DISTRICT SWIMMING: Sandy sophomore ranks in the top 20 for scoring with 25.5 points at district

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys MacKenzie Kinney reaches high out of the water on her way to fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle during Saturdays district swim championships. She led the Pioneers with 25.5 points.

The Sandy girls swim team found itself locked into a tie with Reynolds at the bottom of the ladder — each side with only two points midway through Saturday's Mount Hood Conference district championships.

But the Pioneers scored the bulk of their points late in the day, overtaking Reynolds and Centennial to finish sixth in the final tally. Sandy came up with 58 points — nine better than the Eagles.

MacKenzie Kinney led the Pioneers with 25.5 points, which landed her among the meet's top-20 scorers. She finished fourth in both the distance freestyle and breaststroke and anchored the team's 400 free relay.

Hannah Schumacher picked up a pair of consolation points in the 100 free.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Members of Sandys 200-yard freestyle relay wait on the pool deck for the start of their race.

David Douglas won all three relay races and came up a half-point shy of 300 points for the meet — 27 ahead of their nearest pursuer Clackamas.

The Scots got an unexpected boost when the Cavaliers were disqualified Friday's 200 free relay prelims, leaving them with a blank spot on Saturday's scoreboard.

"It's not the way you want a meet to be decided, but it eased things up knowing we didn't need to be perfect coming into today's finals," David Douglas coach Jim Bowe said.

David Douglas teammates Hannah Walker and Julie Schwam finished with 45 points apiece — tops for the meet.

The Sandy boys finished last with 39 points — 20 behind Reynolds.

Brayden Kato picked up the Pioneers' best finish by placing fifth in the backstroke, while Barry Eaton added a consolation point in the distance freestyle.

David Douglas closed out a perfect run through the league season, piling up 297 points to finish more than 50 ahead of its nearest competitor.

The Scots surged past Clackamas four events into the meet with a 34-point effort in the 50-yard freestyle sprint. It marked one of four events in which the Scots saw the maximum four swimmers produce points.

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This story is scheduled for our Feb. 19, print edition.

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