by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds' Abby Maricle takes a breath during her win in the backstroke Thursday, which brought the Raiders to within two points of St. Mary's late in the meet.

The Reynolds girls swim team put a scare into St. Mary’s before falling 92-78 in a Mount Hood Conference dual Thursday afternoon.

The Raiders found themselves within four points midway through the meet after Christy Hartenstein and Emily Barnett combined for a 1-2 finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Hartenstein won the race going away, lapping the entire field just over the halfway mark, while Barnett gradually worked her way from last place up to second. She passed St. Mary’s lead swimmer on her final stroke in the 10-lap race, touching in .05 hundredths ahead.

Reynolds added another 1-2 finish by Abby Maricle and Adrienne Herzog in the backstroke to slice the margin to two points with two races remaining.

The meet came down to the final event with Reynolds needing a rare sweep in the 400 freestyle relay to pull off the win.

The Raiders led the way through the first three laps before Rory Kearns put St. Mary’s into first place on the anchor leg to secure the Blues’ victory.

Look for expanded meet coverage in the Tuesday, Jan. 22, print edition.

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