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Wilsonville junior also placed second in 200 IM Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville junior Abby Maoz gives two thumbs up while standing on the podium at the Class 5A State Swimming Championships.

BEAVERTON — Abby Maoz did not have her best day.

But the Wilsonville junior swam plenty fast enough to win her third Class 5A state championship in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

"It wasn't as good as I wanted to be," Maoz said after finishing the breaststroke in 1 minute, 4.18 seconds. "But I'm just really excited I got to win for my team, I guess. My hip was kind of hurting earlier today and last night after the meet. I just tried to do my best and did whatever I could."

The day before, during prelims, Maoz had broken her Class 5A record in the event, finishing in 1:03.04.

"Yesterday was really good," Maoz said. "I'm really happy with how I did yesterday. Not every day can be a great day. That was exciting because I didn't break it last year. I was ready to break it."

Maoz also placed second in the 200 IM, but finished in 2:10.31, more than 3 seconds slower than her prelims time of 2:06.90.

"I went a best time at districts and a best time at state yesterday," Maoz said. "It wasn't what I hoped for, but that happens sometimes. I just get all in my head sometimes, and I just need to focus on what I need to do in that moment and forget about everything else."

Wilsonville's 200 medley relay team of Maoz, Caitlyn Jew (back), Jensen Lorio (fly) and Kayla Leon-Guerrero (free) placed fifth in 1:55.99.

"The 200 medley relay is my favorite," Maoz said. "I'm really glad our relay finaled this year. I was really excited for that one."

Maoz will go for her fourth individual state title in the breaststroke next year.

"I'm just excited that it was a good season, and I improved from last year," she said. "That's a really big thing."

Derek Wiley
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