Wittenauer-Lee, Harper and Forster win twice each vs. Southridge

BEAVERTON — The Jesuit swim team has long been a team without its own pool, but the Crusaders made themselves right at home against Southridge at Beaverton Swim Center last week.

The Crusaders, who host their home meets at Beaverton Swim Center, showed just how comfortable they were, racing past the Skyhawks 114-56 on Dec. 13 to lift their Metro League record to 2-0, while the Skyhawks lost for the first time and fell to 1-1.

by: MILES VANCE - METRO RACE - Southridge's Jessica Sparks makes waves en route to winning the 500 freestyle against Jesuit last week at Beaverton Swim Center.

“Southridge is always a strong team (but) we had great effort by the ladies,” said Jesuit coach Bryan Butcher, whose team won all but two of the day’s 11 races and also grabbed second in six of those and third in yet six more.

“The Jesuit girls team is impressive and swam well,” said Southridge coach Jeff Crews, whose team got its two individual victories from senior Jessica Li in the 100-yard breaststroke and junior Jessica Sparks in the 500 freestyle. “We need to be more organized and focused if we want to swim our best in the future and at the end of the season.”

The Crusaders built their win by sweeping top honors in all three of the day’s relay races, and also by getting two individual wins each from Kelsey Forster, Megan Harper and Blaise Wittenauer-Lee. Forster got it done in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, taking the 50 with a winning time of 25.65 seconds, then coming back two races later to win the 100 at 57.61. Teammate Erin Perry was second in both events, clocking a 26.26 in the 50 free and a 58.17 in the 100.

Harper made her mark in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, leading the way in the 200 free at 2:06.58 (with teammate Zofia Zdanowicz second at 2:08.81) and setting the pace in the backstroke at 1:04.39 (with Southridge’s Sarah Braun second at 1:05.18.

Wittenauer-Lee, meanwhile, broke through to win the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:17.87 (Southridge’s Allie Engstrom finished second at 2:27.92) and lated bagged a win in the 100 butterfly at 59.95 (with Skyhawk Kristin Young second at 1:03.97).

Jesuit’s other wins came from: the 200 medley relay team of Harper, Wittenauer-Lee, Elizabeth Reynaud and Forster, which notched a 1:58.16; the 200 freestyle relay team of Forster, Samantha Scoggins, Perry and Zdanowicz at 1:47.15; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Harper, Zdanowicz, Perry and Wittenauer-Lee, clocking a 3:58.64 to win.

While Southridge’s successes were fewer, the Skyhawks did have their moments, notably with Li’s win in the breaststroke at 1:12.17 (Jesuit’s Natalie MacMillan was second at 1:20.01) and Sparks’ victory in the 500 free at 5:44.70 (Jesuit’s Amy Piercy was second there at 6:07.07).

Further, Braun and Young each finished second and third in their two individual events for the Hawks.

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