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Boxers enjoy trip to nationals

Whatever happened in Indianapolis this week, the Pacific swim team was there to make history.

No Boxer swimmer had ever competed in the national championship meet until this year, when Pacific qualified not one, but two swimmers. Although the Boxers did not score a point this week, and neither Amanda Clark nor Katie Porter was able to advance past the preliminary stage, the experience left the pair of talented freshman hungry for more next season.

Pacific's championship run ended Saturday with Clark's 18th-place finish in the 1,650 yard freestyle prelims. The mile was Clark's ticket to Indy after winning the Northwest Conference championship in a school-record 17:16.72 on Feb. 12.

Her 17th-seeded time put her on the bubble for a nationals berth, but Clark was able to squeeze into the field. As one of the lower-seeded swimmers in the field of 22, Clark swam her final in the morning, but was unable to replicate her effort from five weeks previous, finishing in 17:28.13.

It was a similar story for Porter, who swam in the 100 freestyle prelims on Saturday morning. A conference champ in the 100, Porter could do no better than 39th, finishing in 53.15 seconds. Later in the week, Porter was on pace for the swim of her life and a berth in the finals of the 50 free before a bad turn sent her to the back of the pack and a 41st-place finish (24.30).

Porter will compete in the Indiana University Natatorium's long course (50 meters) pool on Sunday to take a crack at an Olympic qualifying time.

Registration open for orrc races

Sign up now for the Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon, sponsored by the Oregon Road Runners Club, on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 a.m. This scenic and mostly flat course goes along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.

The ORRC is also taking registration for the Hagg Lake Run, which will be held on May 5 at 9 a.m. Run a 10K or go once around the lake for 10.4 miles.

For more information about either race or to volunteer, go to www.active.com, pick up a flyer at Frye's, or call Mark Barrett at 503-821-9577.

March madness pool leaders

It continues to be a heated battle at the top of the standings in our first ever March Madness Pool. After last week's games, Geoff Faris of Forest Grove overtook early leader Dylan Haugen, also of Forest Grove.

Both Faris and Haugen correctly picked five of the eight Sweet 16 games, but Faris nailed three of his four picks for the Final Four - Kentucky, Louisville and Kansas - vaulting him into first place with 127 total points. Haugen had two correct Final Four picks, slotting him into second place with 122 points.

Chet Mannen of Cornelius is in third place with 117 points, and Rus Peters of Forest Grove is in fourth place with 109.

Check the News-Times next week for the final standings and the winner of the $50 gift certificate to Frye's Action Athletics.