Clyde earns state runner-up honors in two events

by: MILES VANCE - Sarah Clyde heads for second place in the 500-freestyle. The Gladstone sophomore was also state runner-up in the 100-butterfly.Gladstone sophomore Sarah Clyde earned runner-up honors in two events at last weekend’s Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Swimming Championships, held at Mt. Hood Community College.

Clyde turned in a 5:21.89 clocking in the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.89), finishing second only to North Bend freshman Cassie Dallas (5:17.12).

And Clyde raced to a 1:01.26 clocking to earn runner-up honors in the 100-butterfly (1:01.26), finishing back of Cascade Christian junior Breanna Sapienza (55.32), who holds the state record in the event.

Clyde placed first at state in the 500-freestyle last year with a time of 5:14.03; and she placed second in the state in the 100-yard butterfly in 2012, completing that race in 59.21.

Clyde qualified for this year’s state meet by breezing to first place in the 100-yard butterfly and in the 500-yard freestyle at the recent 10-team District 2 Swimming Championships, held in La Grande.

Clyde outclassed the field in both events, winning the butterfly by over two seconds in 1:01.80; and winning the 500-freestyle by more than eight seconds, with a 5:33.54 clocking.

Clyde also teamed up with seniors Annaliese Hernandez and Madison Wease, and junior Abbi Burden to race to a state qualifying time of 4:13.12 in the 400-yard freestyle relay, good for sixth place at the district meet.

La Salle Prep boys did themselves proud at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A State Championships, finishing in the top five in four events and placing sixth in the team standings.

La Salle scored 18 teams points and finished back of Madras (59), Newport (53), Cottage Grove (32), Philomath (27) and Riverdale (19).

Sophomore Grant Gooding headed up the effort for the Falcons, finishing runner-up to Cottage Grove junior Caleb Leczel (1:01.00) with a time of 1:02.15 in the 100-yard breast stroke, placing fourth in the 500-freestyle with a 4:58.24 clocking, and helping pace La Salle 200-medley (1:49.29) and 400-freestyle (3:36.89) relay teams to top five finishes.

The Falcon team of Gooding, freshman Keenan Robinson, junior Chase Smith and senior Ian Robinson placed fourth in the 200-medley relay, and the team of Gooding, the Robinsons and senior Nolan Bollier placed fifth in the 400-freestyle relay.

The Falcons also got a strong performance from sophomore Michelle Marin, who earned fifth place in the girls 100-breast stroke (1:13.79).

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