Wilsonville's Maoz sets the 5A record in 100-yard breaststroke
Gresham—While the American Olympic team competes in Pyeongchang and racks up the medal count, Wilsonville snagged a few medals of its own over the weekend.
At the OSAA 5A state swim meet at Mt. Hood Community College on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17. Wilsonville athletes competed against the best swimmers from all over the state, and three Wildcats made it to the podium at the end of the night.
Most impressively, freshman Abigail Maoz swam the best swim of her life so far and set a record in the process. Maoz took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of one minute three seconds (1:03.66), besting the previous 5A record.
"She came down from a huge training base and had a great taper to set the new record," Wilsonville head coach Deb Mandeville said. "She led the race from the beginning after making small adjustments to her turns and underwater portions of the race from the previous day. We were astonished at her focus and maturity in making those changes for a freshman swimmer at her first high school state finals."
Another of Wilsonville's top swimmers to take the podium on Saturday was senior Sarah Carr. The Wilsonville standout took fourth place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:55.78, and was even closer to the gold in the 100-yard freestyle. Carr came in second place just .53 seconds behind Marist sophomore Lauren Barry with a time of 53.29 seconds. While she was disappointed she did not come up with the gold, Carr is happy with the progress she's made over the past four years in the pool.
"It was a good season," Carr said. "I've improved over the last four years I've been swimming. When I was a freshman I didn't even go to the second day of state."
Fellow Wilsonville senior Wesley Norris also took to the podium in the finals, taking third place in the 100-yard butterfly race with a time of 50.68 seconds, and third place in the 100-yard backstroke as well with a time of 54.53 seconds.
In his last swim meet as a Wilsonville Wildcat, Norris was simply happy to be able to compete in his chosen sport given where he was a year ago.
"I'm really honestly content," Norris said. "A year ago, I was coming off of an ACL surgery, so I was relearning how to walk a year ago this time. To even be able to swim, I'm just grateful, honestly. Just being able to have this opportunity, I'm really grateful."