Dana is best in the NWOC in the 500-freestyle
The Mustang freshman also places third in the butterfly
Milwaukie High School freshman Jared Dana did himself proud at the recent Northwest Oregon Conference Swimming Championship, qualifying for the state meet in two events.
Dana outclassed the field in the 500-yard freestyle, winning the event in 5:04.08, finishing over 10 seconds in front of his nearest competitor. Dana also got the job done in the 100-yard butterfly, where his effort earned him third place behind Sandy junior Nick Chaney (53.28) and Parkrose junior Jacob Sheeran (56.64).
Junior Logan Anspach had a good district meet for Putnam, placing sixth in the 50-freestyle (23.96) and helping pace two Putnam boys relay teams to the finals.
The Kingsmen team of seniors Evan Lochridge and Wyatt Veysey, sophomore Grant Deffinbaugh and Anspach earned fourth place with an effort of 1:40.19 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The same foursome was clocked at 2:03.40 in the 200-yard medley relay, good for sixth place in that event.
The Kingsmen boys team of seniors Tommy Dodson and Kai Zeng, sophomore Danny Stewart and freshman Ben Foreman earned sixth place in the 400-freestyle relay (4:37.34).
Putnam girls made the district finals in two events, the 200-medley relay and the 400-freestyle relay.
The team of senior Maddie Makinster, junior Tatyana Grigoryeva, sophomore Riley Strong and freshman Mikayla Barkowski placed fifth in the medley relay (2:19.21); and the team of junior Cari McPheeters and sophomores Zoey Olson, Abbey Hayes and Brooke Birdsall placed seventh in the 400-freestyle relay (5:20.88).
The district meet was held Feb. 8-9 in Parkrose.
Parkrose boys (234 points) edged Sherwood (233), Liberty (230) and St. Helens (229) in a heated battle for first place at district; Sandy (251) topped St. Helens (233) for first place on the girls side.