Sherwood boys step up at district swim championships
It certainly was a good day for the Sherwood High School boys swimming team.
And it was an absolutely great day for Bowmen senior Jacob Folsom.
The Bowmen, with Folsom claiming a pair of individual championships, finished in second place in the team standings at the Pacific Conference district meet, which concluded Saturday at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.
The Sherwood boys finished the meet with 372 points, putting the Bowmen behind only McMinnville, which had a score of 478.
The Sherwood boys will also be well-represented at the upcoming Class 6A state championships. Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers, or relay teams, that reach state qualifying standards, or earn wild-card bids, advance to the state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
Folsom will be going to the Class 6A state championships as a two-time district champ. At the Pacific Conference meet, Folsom triumphed in the 200-yard freestyle event with a time of 1 minute, 40.78 seconds. That gave him nearly a six-second edge over second-place finisher Benjamin Lilly of McMinnville.
In the 100 freestyle, Folsom had a winning time of 46.66. Folsom is going to the Class 6A state meet as the top seed in both of those events.
Folsom also is swimming for a pair of Bowmen relay teams that are also going to state. In the 200 freestyle relay, Folsom teamed with freshman Andrew Pessemier, junior Sam Jewitt and junior Sandy Patil to finish second at the district meet with a mark of 1:33.07, which was good enough to earn the team a wild-card bid to state.
In the 400 freestyle relay at district, the Sherwood team of Patil, senior Rashun Hoskins, sophomore Seth Hochstetler and Folsom finished second in a time of 3:22.70, which gave the team a wild-card berth to state.
Also for the Sherwood boys, senior Eli Bassich won a district championship in the 200 individual medley with his time of 2:11.63, giving him just a .05 edge over second-place Chris DeMaster Smith of Newberg.
Folsom was named the Outstanding Male Swimmer of the Year for the Pacific Conference, while Sherwood's Kristen Maples was tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year for boys swimming.
The Sherwood girls finished in second place in the team standings at the Pacific Conference district meet with a score of 302. McMinnville took the top spot with a score of 515, and Newberg was second at 332.
Lady Bowmen senior Hunter Stewart earned a wild card bid to the state meet in the 500 freestyle with her second-place place time of 5:19.64 at the district championships. Sherwood junior Shelby Slenes earned a wild card berth to state in the 100 breaststroke with her second-place mark of 1:09.19 at district.
Friday's preliminaries heats at the Class 6A state meet are set to begin at 1:45 p.m. Saturday's championship finals are slated to start at 1:15 p.m.
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