The Apollos secure a share of the league title by beating Jesuit

CEDAR MILL — For the Sunset boys swim team, it’s prime MILES VANCE - SURFACING - Sunset's Tristan Furnary comes up for air on his way to winning the 100-yard backstroke against Jesuit on Jan. 24.

The two-time defending Metro League and Class 6A state champion Apollos sealed up at least a share of the 2013 Metro League title last week, can claim sole possession of that crown in today’s league finale, then can turn their formidable talents to the Feb. 8-9 district meet and the Feb. 15-16 Class 6A state meet.

While there’s still a lot of heavy lifting to be done, the Apollos know that there’s a chance to send out their cadre of talented seniors with another pair of wins at district and state.

“I think it’s definitely a possibility,” said Sunset senior Jordan Hurwitz, who won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke against Jesuit on Jan. 24 at Sunset Swim Center. “We’re as strong as we were last year, and a lot of the really fast swimmers from other teams have graduated, so we’ll see, but we want to finish the year strong.”

Sunset certainly finished strong against Jesuit in its Metro League meet at Sunset Swim Center on Jan. 24, sweeping the top spot in all of the day’s 11 events to post a 117.5-52.5 victory over the Crusaders. That win lifted the Apollos’ Metro record to 5-0, while the Crusaders lost for the first time and fell to 5-1.

“Our focus each week is district (and the Sunset meet was) a means to practice racing,” said Jesuit coach Bryan Butcher. “Sunset has some excellent racers and it was good to have the boys race.”by: MILES VANCE - WATER WORLD - Jesuit's Ben Buchalski races to a third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke against Sunset last week.

In the victory over Jesuit, Sunset got two individual wins each from Jordan Hurwitz, Cole Hurwitz and Tristan Furnary, as well as one each from Cameron Stitt and Jonathan Zoucha. Jordan Hurwitz posted a time of 22.60 seconds to win the 50 freestyle (with teammate Kasey Kwong second at 23,05), then came back later in the meet to win the 100 breaststroke at 1:01.97 (with Kwong second again at 1:02.21).

“It was not bad. Just getting ready for the state meet, working on my strokes,” said Jordan Hurwitz, who — along with his twin brother — will swim next year at the University of Pennsylvania. “Breaststroke is definitely something I’m working on.”

Cole Hurwitz did his part in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, topping the 200 IM at 1:57.25 (with Stitt second at 2:01.40), then winning the butterfly at 53.18 (with teammate Joshua Noll second at 56.13). Furnary’s two victories came in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, taking the 100 free with a mark of 49.33 (with teammate Calder Dorn second at 51.37) and winning again in the 100 backstroke at 54.25 (with Zoucha second at 56.46).

Stitt set the pace in the 500 freestyle — where he’s the two-time defending Metro and state champion — at 4:51.56 (with Jesuit’s Sovijja Pou second at 5:03.37), and Zoucha capped the field in the 200 free with a mark of 1:46.19 (with Jesuit’s Ben Buchalski second with a time of 1:31.44).

In the relays, Sunset’s Furnary, Cole Hurwitz, Zoucha and Dorn went 1:37.34 to take the 200 medley relay, Jordan Hurwitz, Zoucha, Kevin Xu and Stitt notched a 1:30.83 to take the 200 freestyle relay, and Stitt, Jordan Hurwitz, Cole Hurwitz and Furnary swam 3:18.98 to grab victory in the 400 freestyle relay.

“It’s always a rivalry between every other school and Jesuit,” Jordan Hurwitz said. “Jesuit’s a great team, but we just have a lot of depth this year to push us through.”

As dominant as Sunset was, Jesuit stepped up and created some strong performances as well, including Buchalski’s runner-up effort in the 200 free, Pou’s second-place finish in the 500 free, a second from the 200 free relay team of Marcus Imponenti, Richard Butler, Nathan House and Sean Calkins at 1:34.64, and another second from the 400 free relay team of Buchalski, Pou, Calkins and Jackson Wahl at 3:26.52.

“Being challenged is how you become better,” Butcher said. “The next two weeks we need to focus on the small things, turns, starts, finishes and technique. Rest and health will be the main focus so that at district, we can put the best effort forward.”

The 2013 Metro League district meet is set for 3 p.m. Feb 8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center with the Class 6A state meet set the following week.

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