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Apollos, Wildcats push Crusaders to the limit at district


Sunset's Cheng and Westview's Cefal win two events apiece

by: MILES VANCE - SUPER SOPHOMORE - Sunset sophomore Emily Cheng races to victory in the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday's Metro District Meet.

BEAVERTON — The rest of the Metro League was lined up and ready to take their best shots at Jesuit’s girls.

Competing in the 2013 Metro District Swim Meet on Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center, Sunset, Westview and the rest of the league’s best did just that, pushing the Crusaders to the limit before Jesuit finally escaped with a fifth straight district title.

While Jesuit did win the Metro title again with 419 points (for more on the Crusaders’ efforts at district, see the story on Page A14), the Crusaders’ victory was slimmer than ever, thanks in great part to the challenges put forward by the Apollos and Wildcats.

Sunset’s girls kicked the day off with a win in the 200 medley relay, got two individual wins from sophomore Emily Cheng, and closed the day by winning the 400 freestyle relay to finish in second place with 390 points.

Westview, meanwhile, got two wins from senior Michelle Cefal, another from sophomore Tiffany Zhao and finished third overall with 314 points. Southridge’s girls placed fourth with 286 points, followed by Lincoln with 277, Aloha with 100 and Beaverton at 95.

For the Apollos, Cheng teamed with Marita Sailor, Haley Fellows and Abby White to win the 200 medley relay with a winning time of 1 minute, 48.95 seconds, while Westview was a close second at 1:49.11 with Cefal and Zhao swimming the first two legs, followed by Tiffany Huang and Sophia Zhou.by: MILES VANCE - TO VICTORY - Westview senior Michelle Cefal churns to a win in the 100-yard butterfly, and later won the 100 backstroke at district.

“It’s really fun just racing with my friends,” Cheng said. “Everyone on our team is so supportive of each other. We’re out here cheering, having fun and going fast.”

Cheng just kept going fast too, coming back to win the day’s next race — the 200 freestyle — in a meet-record time of 1:51.18. Her victory broke the previous mark of 1:51.33 set back in 1999 by Westview’s Rebekah Olsen.

Even better, she had a lot of familiar faces around her on the awards stand, with Sailor second at 1:51.43 and sophomore teammate Nina Stitt third at 1:55.28.

“I definitely at least wanted to try to win,” Cheng said. “I swim with Marita in club swimming and I know she’s a really fast swimmer, too, so I was a little nervous to race against her, but it was also really exciting.”

Cheng came back strong in the 100 freestyle and won again, this time setting the pace with a mark of 52.46. She then finished her day by playing a part in the Apollos’ winning 400 freestyle relay, teaming with Fellows, Stitt and Sailor for a 3:35.10, more than six seconds faster than second-place Jesuit.

“We just really wanted to go out and race fast and have fun, do our best,” Cheng said.

Other Sunset highlights came from: Emily Ortner, second in the 200 individual medley at 2:12.89; Sailor, second in the 100 butterfly at 57.17; Stitt, second in the 500 free at 5:06.97; White, third in the 200 IM at 2:14.00, and fourth in the butterfly at 58.71; Fellows, second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09, and fourth in the 200 IM at 2:14.09; Camille Andre, fourth in the 50 free at 26.29; and the 200 freestyle relay team of White, Andre, Ortner and Stitt, third in 1:44.29.

For Westview, Cefal — who participated only in club swimming the past two years — made her return to the district meet a triumphant one, winning both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke in meet-record times.

In the fly, Cefal sped to victory in 54.35 to break the 2003 Metro district record of 55.09 set by Jesuit’s Kristen Kilroy.

“I’m really excited,” Cefal said. “I thought it was a good swim and I was excited to get a record.”

She came back strong again in the 100 backstroke, racing home to win in 56.11, this time tying the 2010 Metro record set by Jesuit’s Megan McCarroll.

“I’m just excited to get back in and race,” Cefal said, adding that she expects to be even faster at state. “I’ll get some rest and put on a fast suit, and hopefully, it will make a difference.”

Westview’s other breakthrough came from Zhao, who stepped up to take top honors in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.85. She was also second in the 50 freestyle at 25.05.

“It’s pretty awesome,” Zhao said. “I just felt like I had to focus on myself and work on my start, my turns and my finish. I knew that if I felt good about it, I would do well.”

Other Wildcat highlights included: the 200 medley relay team of Cefal, Zhao, Huang and Zhou, second at 1:49.11; the 200 freestyle relay team of Zhao, Huang, Zhou and Cefal, second at 1:40.58; and Zhou, third in the 100 free at 55.06.

For Southridge’s girls, top finishers were: Southridge’s 200 medley relay team of Sarah Braun, Jessica Li, Christin Young and Sidney Schickendanz, fourth in 1:52.75; Southridge’s Young, third in the 100 fly at 57.97; Southridge’s Jessica Sparks, third in the 500 free at 5:29.27; the 200 freestyle relay team of Braun, Schickendanz, Li and Young, fourth at 1:44.89; Braun, third in the 100 back at 1:00.80; Li, third in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.74; and the 400 free relay team of Jacqueline Sparks, Allie Engstrom, Schickendanz and Jessica Sparks, fourth at 3:58.34.

Aloha’s top finishers at district were: the 200 free relay team of Hannah Vinkemulder, Sara Emerick, Mackenzie Torres and Grace Lee, sixth at 1:56.92; and the 400 free relay team of Torres, Emerick, Vinkemulder and Lee, sixth at 4:25.55.

For Beaverton, its best result came from the 200 medley relay team of Marina Odegaard, Ingrid Erickson, Samantha Otis and Kaitlyn Wright — they took sixth at 2:14.36.

The Class 6A meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College, with preliminaries set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, while championship finals are scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

To see a complete photo gallery from this meet, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.