Miller, Pierce lead Kennedy swimmers at Molalla
While the Kennedy boys swim team lacks in numbers, they more than make up for it in potency.
The Trojans proved that on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Molalla, taking home first place in five individual events, along with two relays to come away with a second-place finish at the Molalla Aquatic Center.
Led by Jacob Miller and Whyley Pierce, the Trojans scored 103 points, beating out 4A Stayton by 19 points in the standing. The hosting Indians tallied 228 points to win the meet.
The girls team was led by a pair of top-five finishes from Kelsey Kleinschmit and scored 37 points to finish behind Stayton and Molalla.
It was a strong January opening for the Kennedy swimmers, who kicked off the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley behind a sub-two minute time of 1:58.37 from Miller, Pierce, Cameron Miller and Nick Riedman.
The quartet was seeded third behind Stayton and Molalla's top relay teams in the event but squeezed out a victory by 2.5 seconds over Stayton.
Jacob Miller, the elder of the Miller brothers, went on to score a comfortable victory in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing the event in 2:08.08, well ahead of runner-up Zachary Ferrell of Molalla, who finished in 2:17.73.
Miller added his second individual victory later in the meet, cruising to a win in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:46.14, nearly a minute better than Stayton's Caleb Brown.
Pierce matched his teammate with a pair of first-place finishes of his own, taking home the top-spot the top times in the 200-yard individual medley (2:13.24) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.25).
Cameron Miller added to the win total in the 100-yard butterfly, beating his season-best by more than half a second with a time of 59.37. He added a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, placing just behind Pierce and Stayton's Tanner Fixsen with a time of 1:06.85.
The two Millers, Pierce and Riedman, finished the meet with one more first-place finish, this time in the 200-yard freestyle relay, notching a time of 1:45.51 to beat out the Indians' top relay team by a little more than a second.
Riedman added a third-place finish for the Trojans in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.48, and placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:33.15, knocking more than eight seconds off his previous best entering the race.
Josh Valladares placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (1:12.45) and seventh in the 50-yard freestyle (32.21) while Michael Savage added an 11th-place finish (34.63) in the 50 to round out the Trojan boys.
The girls team was led by Kleinschmit's third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (3:01.61), followed shortly behind by teammate Alex Wayment in fourth place (3:14.25).
Kleinschmit added a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:34.95), taking three seconds off her seed time.
Emma Molina added a pair of top-eight finishes, placing fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:19.90 and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle in 34.35 — both personal records.
Lydia Berning followed Molina in the 100 freestyle, placing sixth in 1:20.91 and bested her in the 50 in a near-identical finish, taking seventh-place in 34.34 by just 0.01 seconds.
Berning, Molina, Kleinschmit and Hallie Postma combined to place fourth in the 200 freestyle in 2:25.78.
The Trojans return to Molalla on Wednesday for another local meet and travel to South Albany on Saturday.
Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Molalla Aquatic Center
Molalla — 228
Kennedy — 103
Stayton — 82
Stayton — 199
Molalla — 139
Kennedy — 37
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