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Hawks eke out a win vs. Apollos

Southridge wins the day's final relay to beat Sunset in Metro action
by: Miles Vance TAKING FLIGHT — Southridge’s Karen Huan launches into her leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay against Sunset on Dec. 15.

CEDAR MILL - The Southridge girls swim team - one of the Metro League's best over the last several years - took it on the chin in its second meet of the 2011-12 season.

But for the Skyhawks, who lost to three-time defending state champ Jesuit on Dec. 8, that just made their Dec. 15 win over Sunset even more satisfying. Southridge won just four of the day's 11 events against the Apollos, but took second in eight races and third in seven more to win 91-79 at Sunset Swim Center on Dec. 15.

The Skyhawks, who knocked off Lincoln in their opener, used the win over Sunset to improve to 2-1 in Metro competition, while the Apollos fell to 1-1.

It wasn't easy for Southridge, though. The Skyhawks led just 79-77 heading into the final event of the day - the 400-yard freestyle relay - but took the top two places there, added 12 points to their day's total and pulled away to victory.

'Last I knew, we were up a few points, but who knows? There was a lot of pressure,' admitted Southridge junior Sarah Braun, who won the 100 backstroke and also swam the anchor leg in the 400 free relay. 'We really stepped it up this race. It was a good race.'

'We did really well,' said Sunset sophomore Haley Fellow, who came through to win both the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. 'Southridge is a really good team so I was surprised. Last year, we didn't do as well against them.'

While Southridge's wins were relatively few and far between, the Skyhawks made those wins count and then used its quality depth to offset Sunset's seven event wins.

Southridge opened the day with a win in the 200 medley relay, with Braun, Karen Huan, Kyrie Dahl and Jessica Sparks racing to victory in 2 minutes, 4.05 seconds. Jacqueline Sparks picked up her team's first individual win in the 200 individual medley after notching a 2:36.06, while teammate Chelsey Boguslawski was second at 2:54.53. Braun came through later in the backstroke at 1:06.30 to easily outdistance Sunset runner-up Amanda Glenn's 1:12.57.

That helped set the stage for the decisive final relay, where Dahl, Huan, Sparks and Braun led the way at 4:04.33, while teammates Randi Weltzin, Anne Gerlosky, Ariana Sinclair and Blair Wood grabbed second at 4:25.96.

'It was really close going in (to the last relay), but everything went really well,' Braun said.

Other second-place finishers for Southridge were Dahl in the 50 free at 27.51 and in the 100 butterfly at 1:11.26, Huan in the 100 freestyle at 1:00.53 and the 100 breaststroke at 1:17.96, Weltzin in the 500 free at 7:01.62, and the 200 free relay team of Sparks, Ally Hanson-Holtry, Weltzin and Woods at 1:56.69.

While Sunset didn't get the overall victory, it did get a bunch of individual wins in the meet. Indeed, Hannah Cleve, Lotta Novotny and Fellows won two events each on the day, and Sunset also topped the 200 freestyle relay with Malia Buthe, Glenn, Fellows and Novotny.

Cleve did her part in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, setting the pace in the 200 at 2:11.35 and later grabbing the 500 at 6:07.98.

Novotny scored in the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, touching to win the 50 at 25.55, and coming back two events later to top the field in the 100 at 56.71.

Fellows scored in both the 100 butterfly and then the 100 breaststroke, first winning the fly with a time of 1:08.33, and later the breaststroke at 1:15.16.

And after spending the 2010-11 season on the shelf with a shoulder injury, Fellows was just glad to be back in the pool competing again.

I 'missed last year, so it's nice,' Fellows said. The butterfly 'felt pretty good. It was my first time in over a year.'

In the 200 free relay, Buthe, Glenn, Fellows and Novotny finished in 1:52.02.

Sunset runners-up included Glenn, Cleve, Fellows and Novotny in the 200 medley relay at 2:04.50; Megan Tice in the 200 free at 2:25.38, and Glenn in the 100 back at 1:12.57.

Both teams will now be away from high school competition until Jan. 5, when Sunset swim at Aloha and Southridge goes at Canby in a non-league meet.

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