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Top-three finishes by Lucas Toth paces boys team to seventh-place finish, girls place eighth

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion senior Lucas Toth took home second-place in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 100-yard freestyle in addition to contributing to a pair of top-seven finishes in the relays. The North Marion swimmers dove into competition in their first meet of 2020 on Saturday, taking part in the Blanchet Invitational at the Salem Kroc Center.

Led by senior Lucas Toth, the boys team for the Huskies took home a seventh-place finish out of nine teams competing at the meet. The girls were not far behind, taking home eighth-place out of 10 teams, guided by the school's relay teams of Alexia Hall, Marissa Colby, Kailee Jones and Sofia Vachter.

Against some of the top mid-size schools in the state, Toth stood out in his bid to return to the state championship competition next month, placing second out of 22 swimmers in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.96.

Toth and Valley Catholic's Lucas Foord were the top-seeded swimmers in the event coming into the competition, with nearly identical seeded times of 58.58 and 58.55, respectively.

But while Toth was just a fraction of a second behind his top time, Foord was able to eclipse his best by more than a second, winning the event in 57.52.

Toth's teammate Ben Netter finished 10th in the event with a time of 1:06.53.

Two events later, Toth nearly matched himself in the 100-yard freestyle, placing third with a time of 54.21 to barely clip Silverton's Blake Doerfler, who placed fourth just 0.3 seconds behind. Toth finished behind event winner Caden Shanks of Newport (50.34) and Will Blair of Scappoose (52.55).

The North Marion senior was also part of the Huskies' top finish in the medleys, joining with Netter, Mitchell Doubrava and Gage Hurst to place fifth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.87.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marions Ben Netter dives in as the third leg of the Huskies 7th-place 200-yard medley relay team. Netter went on to take home a pair of top-10 finishes, placing ninth in the 200-yard medley and 10th in the 100-yard butterfly. Toth, Netter and Doubrava were joined by Jude Toth in the opening relay of the day, placing seventh in the 200 Medley with a time of 2:03.19.

Elsewhere for the boys team, Netter had his best placement of the day in the 200-yard individual medley, placing ninth with a time of 2:34.01, just 0.1 seconds behind Valley Catholic's Shinyi Changcoco.

Outside of his relay appearance, Jude Toth excelled individually, placing fifth in the mixed 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:03.18, followed by Doubrava's ninth-place finish in the event with a time of 6:42.59.

Jude Toth added a ninth-place finish in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.64.

The girls team saw their top finishes in the relay events. The quartet of Vachter, Hall, Colby and Jones placed sixth in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 2:07.89, anchored by Jones who led the team with a 30.95 split to help put distance between the Huskies and seventh-place, which finished five seconds behind.

The four swimmers opened the competition with the 200 medley relay, placing eighth in 2:27.68.

Individually, Jones had the best placement of the day for the girls team, finishing ninth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.89, followed by Vachter in 11th place with a time of 1:30.72.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Jude Toth enjoyed a strong performance in the mixed 500-yard freestyle, finishing fifth in the event with a time of 6:03.18. He added a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Jones added a 12th-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 1:10.16, barely edging out teammate Colby, who placed 13th in 1:11.73.

Colby also placed 12th in the 50 freestyle in 31.78.

Other top finishes for North Marion include Vachter's ninth-place time of 2:52.15 in the 200 individual medley for the girls team, as well as an 11th-place finish by Hall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:48.81.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Owen Alvord (1:19.74), Hudson Walker (1:23.01) and Gage Hurst (1:24.09) finished 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively.

The Huskies return to the pool on Saturday at the South Albany Sprints, which start at 8 a.m.

After that, North Marion hosts its lone home match of the season on Thursday, Jan. 23 for its Senior Night Invite.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion's Kailee Jones teamed with Alexia Hall, Sofia Vachter and Marissa Colby for a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the top placement for the girls team at the Blanchet Invitational.

Blanchet Invitational

Saturday, Jan. 11 at Salem Kroc Center

BOYS

1. Silverton 287

2. Newport 175

3. Scappoose 158

4. Taft 111

5. Molalla 67

6. Valley Catholic 62

7. North Marion 60

8. Blanchet 17

9. Toledo 15

GIRLS

1. Silverton 382.5

2. Newport 141

3. Blanchet 109.5

4. Molalla 81

5. Scappoose 72

6. Taft 62

7. Valley Catholic 59

8. North Marion 22

9. Toledo 14

10. Junction City 9


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