Relay team, Andrew Collson move on to state
The St. Helens Lions picked up their first district swim championship since leaving the 4A Cowapa League in 2000 over the weekend, getting some superb performances from almost everyone on the team.
The Lions didn't win a lot of events in the meet, and consequently will send just five swimmers on to the state meet this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College, but they did what they needed to do to win.
St. Helens coach Bill Rash was named Northwest Oregon Conference Coach of the Year.
'That was pretty cool,' Rash said, 'But it was pretty easy with the group like I had. These guys were so awesome. They swam quite a bit better than I expected. I'd say 90 percent of the boys and girls swam their best times.'
The Lions were up against mostly club swimmers, kids who swim year round. That made the victory that much sweeter.
The 200 medley relay team of Austin Sandford, Luke Haresnape, Jonathan Prevish and Devon Brady took first in 1:51.15 to earn a berth in the 5A meet. Also, earning a spot was Andrew Collson in the 100 freestyle swim.
'Andrew Collson came from behind to beat his biggest rival,' Rash said. He was talking about Ryan Ax of Sherwood. Collson swam a 51.69 to win the event. He had done exactly the same thing just over a week earlier in a dual match in St. Helens.
The Lions didn't win the team title with a lot of firsts, but placed well in almost every event, adding points to their total. Collson added a second in the 200 free, while Devon Brady was second in the 50 free.
Luke Haresnape was second, Jacob Zartman third, Brent Mullinex fourth, and Nathan Reed 10th in the 100 breast. Rash said a fifth swimmer, David Sumsion had to be pulled when the Sherwood coach protested that teams were only allowed four swimmers per event.
The Lions also had a third in the 400 free relay and a fourth in the 200 free relay. They got fourths from freshman Jonathan Prevish in the 200 IM, and Jared Houghtelling in the 100 fly.
St. Helens' young girl's team finished fourth overall in the meet, just three points back of Wilsonville. Freshmen Jackie Prevish, and Brook Hopkins had some of the best efforts for the Lady Lions. Both swam on the third place 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams. Hopkins was third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 back. Prevish was third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 50 free.
Rash pointed out that Emily Spears had one of the hardest tasks at the meet, swimming in the medley relay, then having to turn around and swim in the 200 free.
He also noted that for the girls all of his scorers will return next season. Spears is a junior, while Hopkins and Prevish are just freshmen.
A testament to the dedication of the team is that most of them are still working out this week, even though they are not going to the state meet.
The 5A state meet at Mt. Hood Community College gets under way at 5:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
NWOC District Swim Meet
Team scores: Sherwood 244, Sandy 204, Wilsonville 163, St. Helens 160, Liberty 135, Parkrose 127, Putnam 70.
200 Medley Relay-3) St. Helens A (Brook Hopkins, Jackie Prevish, Ashley Stewart, Emily Spears), 2:11.64; St. Helens B, DQ. 200 Freestyle-6) Emily Spears, 2:20.45; 7) Tori Edwards, 2:23.88. 200 Individual Medley-3) Hopkins, 2:41.31; 4) JoJo Parkhurst, 2:45.72; 12) Tresa Stone, 3:18.40. 50 Free-4) Prevish, :27.62. 100 Butterfly-8) Ashley Stewart, 1:14.84. 100 Free-6) Spears, 1:02.58. 500 Free-5) Edwards, 6:30.43.
200 Free Relay-6) St. Helens A (Parkhurst, Michaella Ziegler, Stewart, Edwards), 2:01.43; 12) St. Helens B (Lauren Chambers, Hanna Opdahl, Bridget Strang, Rachel Edwards), 2:18.88. 100 Backstroke-4) Hopkins, 1:13.77; 10) Parkhurst, 1:18.98. 100 Breaststroke-3) Prevish, 1:20.59; 10) Jackie Widdifield, 1:28.28; 12) Stone, 1:30.51. 400 Free Relay-4) St. Helens A (Spears, Hopkins, T. Edwards, Prevish), 4:20.53; St. Helens B, DQ.
Team scores: St. Helens 259.5, Parkrose 211.5, Sherwood 209, Liberty 191, Sandy 100, Putnam 81, Wilsonville 64.
200 Medley Relay-1) St. Helens A (Austin Sandford, Luke Haresnape, Jonathan Prevish, Devon Brady), 1:51.15; 11) St. Helens B (Dillon Swatski, Chase Riesterer, Nathan Reed, Karl Reineger) 2:34.78. 200 Free-2) Andrew Collson, 1:58.58; 5) Jared Houghtelling, 2:04.96; 8) Kienan Rae, 2:12.74. 200 IM-4) Prevish, 2:24.21; 8) Jake Widmer, 2:35.79; 12) David Sumsion, 2:47.16. 50 Free-2) Devon Brady, :23.98; T-3) Will Lawrence, :24.68; 11) Tyler Moss, :25.57. 100 Fly-4) Houghtelling, 1:02.59; 5) Prevish, 1:02.62; 12) Swatski, 1:17.03. 100 Free-1) Collson, :51.69; 3) Sandford, :54.29; 10) Moss, :58.62. 500 Free-10) Brady, 6:12.73; 11) Rae, 6:12.73.
200 Free Relay-4) St. Helens A (Collson, Moss, Houghtelling, Lawrence), 1:38.03; St. Helens B (Reineger, Colin Chiddick, Riesterer, Felix Krafeld), 1:55.52. 100 Back-4) Sandford, 1:04.26; 6) Lawrence), 1:05.28. 100 Breast-2) Haresnape, 1:07.95; 3) Jacob Zartman, 1:10.41; 4) Blake Mullinex, 1:12.37; 10) Nathan Reed, 1:17.97. 400 Free Relay-3) St. Helens (Collson, Sandford, Lawrence, Brady), 3:47.16.