PORTLAND - When Sandy's Cole Rohweder won the boys 50 yard freestyle (the twelfth of 34 events at the Dec. 7 David Douglas-Sandy swim showdown), it seemed as if the Pioneers might have a fighting chance against a well-stocked Scots team.
But David Douglas didn't allow Sandy any other victories on the day and won convincingly in both the boys meet (114-55) and the girls meet (112-58).
Sandy coach Bobby DeRoest was proud of his squad's effort, though, and acknowledged that it was a tough assignment matching David Douglas' experience level.
'We were (a little) overmatched by kids who have been swimming since they've been in diapers,' DeRoest said.
Besides Rohweder, other boys with solid showings for the Pioneers included Mason Taylor, who finished second in the 200 individual medley and also in the 100 butterfly, and Phillip Bradley, who finished third in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
In relays, the Sandy boys finished second in both the 200 medley (with Rohweder, Bradley, Connor Sheprow and Steven Bettendorf combining for a time of 2 minutes and 6.59 seconds) and 400 freestyle, as Taylor, Bradley, Bettendorf and Devin Gaines swam a 4:08.96.
In girls competition, freshman Deanna Church performed well, finishing second in two events - the 100 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. Church was also part of a relay team that finished second in the 400 freestyle. (That team also featured Jamie Paul, Margeaux Berroth and Amanda McCombs.)
Other girls with second place times on the day were Sierra Bomar (50 freestyle), Paul (100 freestyle), Berroth (100 breaststroke) and McCombs (100 backstroke).
Starring for David Douglas were Mike Stratton - who finished first in two individual boys events and was part of two winning relay teams - and Samantha Eichner and Anna Humphrey, who combined to win four individual girls events.
Scots coach Burt Stratton seemed particularly pleased with the competitiveness his kids exhibited in the relays, and he suggested that David Douglas still hasn't reached its full potential yet.
'We're still trying to figure out who can do what,' he said.
Sandy Post Sports Editor Michael Cade can be reached at 503-492-5115.