Maoz repeats as state champion
After setting the 5A record and becoming a state champion swimmer in her freshman year, Wilsonville sophomore Abby Maoz went and repeated as the No. 1 swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke.
"I'm just happy that I could represent Wilsonville and get on the podium twice this year because I only got on once last year," Maoz said.
Maoz took the top spot with a time of 1:04.29, edging Silverton's Marie Tolmachoff by three seconds. Maoz's finals time was .30 seconds faster than her swim in the preliminary round.
It was not the only event Wilsonville's top swimmer partook in though. Maoz also managed to make it to the finals in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in second place to eventual state champion, Crescent Valley's Francesca Criscione. Wilsonville's champion clocked in with a 59.10 seconds, less than two seconds off the winning mark. In the preliminaries, Maoz clocked in with a time of 59.88.
"I think that she's doing an absolutely marvelous job for us," Wilsonville coach Deb Mandeville said. "For her to find a second event that she can do so well in is amazing, so we're really proud of her."
Finally, Maoz swam with teammates Riley Lawler, Jensen Lorio, and Kayla Leon-Gurrero in the 200-yard medley relay and managed to take sixth place with a time of 1:56.86. The girls also swam in the 400-yard freestyle, and managed eighth place with a time of 4:00.09.
Diversifying her event portfolio and turning it into success at the state level was the plan all along this season, according to her club coach Brad Robbins. By adding events where Maoz can shine, Robbins hopes that will garner attention for a potential college career for the star swimmer.
"When she moves on to college, you're only as important as the points you can score for your team," Robbins said. "While one event might be valuable, if you can be a finalist in two, three, or four, and then add on relay, you become extremely valuable. As she moves into her junior year and looks to get recruited by colleges, we want to show that she's versatile enough to contribute in a lot of ways to get more interest."
Freshman Riley Lawler was the only other individual swimmer, and she put in a good account of herself in the 200-yard freestyle. Lawler finished seventh with a time of 2:08.04, edging out Lebanon senior Isabella Ayala by less than a quarter of a second. In the 500-yard freestyle, Lawler made it to the finals with a time of 5:39.65. Lawler took sixth place with a time of 5:41.72, nine seconds shy of fifth place.
Wilsonville's girls' team took seventh place out of 14 teams with 15 points.