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Bryant Sharp, Brannigan Vogt, Will Harley and Austin Sharp chase Indians boys' record of 3 minutes, 50.41 seconds

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Indians boys' 400-yard freestyle relay team -- back row, from left, freshman Bryant Sharp, junior Will Harley, senior Austin Sharp and junior Brannigan Vogt and front row, from left, alternates Quincy Reynolds and Nash Wilson -- carries the 10th seed into the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state preliminaries on Friday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.Bryant Sharp, Brannigan Vogt, Will Harley and Austin Sharp are the Indians boys' very first state 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The foursome will carry the 10th Class 4A/3A/2A/1A seed into the preliminaries scheduled for 8:40 p.m. on Friday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.

They went fourth (3 minutes, 51.10 seconds) at the District 1 Championships on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, at the Astoria Aquatic Center, and were also fourth in the 200 free relay (in a season-best 1:41.99).

"Justin Melling had a great lead-off leg, and Brannigan Vogt had almost a second personal best on his relay leg at 24.1," Indians coach David Richmond said. "That is the fastest split we've seen this year."

The top six preliminary relays qualify for the finals set for 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.

"The 400 went pretty well [at the district meet]," said Vogt, a junior who joined the Indians this summer from Thousand Oaks, Calif., a western suburb of Los Angeles. "On Saturday, at finals, I swam my fastest split yet with a :56.1, and I believe Austin swam his second-fastest. Will Harley shined, dropping a whole second to swim a :57. We did add some time, though, but it was fast enough to make it to state, so I'm excited for another chance at the school record [3:50.41, set by Todd Graham, Kody Backus, Jeremy Powell and current Indians assistant coach Ryan Rafferty in 2012]."

The Indians have never won an individual or team state title, but they've also never been this far in the 400.

"If they just all swim well on the same day, they will shatter the current record," Richmond said. "We've just had too many times where one or two guys are just off their typical pace, so we need to come together as a team and be focused this weekend. They only have one race to focus on this weekend and they will be fresh, so the possibility is definitely there is they want to grab on to it."

Austin Sharp, a senior, went to state with Melling and then-seniors Tracey Sweeney and Matthew Kulp in the 200 last year before an alleged false start washed out their school-record 1:40.23.

"I have never had a boy make the 50 free top-six [district] finals, and both Austin and Bryant Sharp made it this year," Richmond said. "Bryant was the only freshman in the district to make the top 12. He has been quite a talent this year, and has really helped spark our relay teams. Quincy Reynolds had a strong 100 back and continues to get better in better."

Vogt also went fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.66), and Austin Sharp went fourth in the 50 free (25.15) and fifth in the 100 free (57.65).

"{Vogt's] father was [a Marine for 22 years]," Richmond said. "His sister and mother were already living in Scappoose last spring and signed him up for the team at the Freshman orientation. He moved to Oregon over the summer to join them. We heard he may be coming out for the team and crossed our fingers after looking up his USA Swimming times online over the summer. He has turned out to be a tremendous young man that fortunately also swims fast. He's been a lot of fun to work with. Even with all his experience and talent he is teachable and works hard in the pool."

In the girls' meet, Gabie Krueger went second (1:11) to Tillamook sophomore Allison Wilkes (1:07.43) in the 100 backstroke and third (2:36.56) in the 200 individual medley to Newport freshman Chyanna Blackburn (2:27.07) and Wilkes (2:34.05).

"[Krueger's] IM time was only six one-hundredths of a second from qualifying for state, incredibly close," Richmond said. "She deserved it and just missed it. She works tremendously hard and is a great competitor. Another girl who swam exceptionally was Shasta Howe: She had three personal bests, and actually four because she swam an even faster [400] relay leg. She took off 14 seconds in the 200 [relay] as an alternate, PR'd in the 100 fly and took five seconds off her [400] relay leg on Friday and another second on Saturday."

Ciara Dreeszen went fifth in the 200 free (2:24.28) and the 500 free (6:45.05).

"Individually, districts didn't go as I had hoped as far as PRs go, but I ended up placing top-five in the 200 and the 500, which I was really happy about," said Dreeszen, a junior. "Our team did so well overall, and spirits were high. The positivity and passion was great to witness, and it was such a fun way to end the season. Everyone was just supporting each other and having fun, and that's basically all you can ask for."

The Indians boys went fifth with 127.5 points and the girls (109) were sixth, but the Tribe reached 37 personal bests as Newport's boys (437) and Tillamook's girls (318) repeated.

"It could have gone better, but [the 400] was enough to make it to state, and we plan on breaking the record on Friday," Austin Sharp said.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Swimming State Championships

Where: Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, in Gresham

When: Preliminaries 6:30 p.m. Friday, finals 6:45 p.m. Saturday

At stake: Bryant Sharp, Brannigan Vogt, Will Harley and Austin Sharp chase the Indians boys' 400-yard freestyle relay record of 3 minutes, 50.41 seconds set by Todd Graham, Jeremy Powell, Kody Backus and current Indians assistant coach Ryan Rafferty in 2012

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A District 1 Championships

Friday and Saturday

in Astoria

Boys

100-yard butterfly

4. Brannigan Vogt, 1:04.66

9. Nash Wilson, 1:15.09

11. Cody Zelmer, 1:18.34

12. Owen Ross, 1:20.55

100-yard freestyle

5. Austin Sharp, 57.65

7. Bryant Sharp, 1:00.75

200-yard freestyle relay

4. Scappoose 'A' (Bryant Sharp, Brannigan Vogt, Justin Melling, Austin Sharp), 1:41.99

200-yard medley relay

7. Scappoose 'A' (Quincy Reynolds, Will Harley, Nash Wilson, Alex Varga), 2:03.55

200-yard freestyle

12. Justin Melling, 2:29.91

200-yard individual medley

11. Will Harley, 2:37.38

50-yard freestyle

4. Austin Sharp, 25.15

6. Bryant Sharp, 25.79

11. Brannigan Vogt, 26.30

100-yard backstroke

10. Quincy Reynolds, 1:11.20

100-yard breaststroke

7. Will Harley, 1:16.98

400-yard freestyle relay

4. Scappoose 'A' (Bryant Sharp, Brannigan Vogt, Will Harley, Austin Sharp), 3:51.10

Girls

500-yard freestyle

5. Ciara Dreeszen, 6:45.05

9. Abi Cason, 7:09.55

200-yard freestyle relay

7. Scappoose 'A' (Mackenzie Ela, Ciara Dreeszen, Hadley Enos, Gabie Krueger), 2:03.25

200-yard medley relay

9. Scappoose 'A' (Gabie Krueger, Mackenzie Ela, Ciara Dreeszen, Hadley Enos), 2:19.47

200-yard freestyle

5. Ciara Dreeszen, 2:24.28

200-yard individual medley

3. Gabie Krueger, 2:36.56

100-yard backstroke

2. Gabie Krueger, 1:11

100-yard breaststroke

7. Mackenzie Ela, 1:24.36

10. Montana Poppenhagen, 1:34.48

400-yard freestyle relay

6. Scappoose 'A' (Abi Cason, Kamryn Einerson, Shasta Howe, Montana Poppenhagen), 5:06.72

Team scores

Boys

1. Newport 437

2. Seaside 155.5

3. Valley Catholic 142

4. Taft 135

5. Scappoose 127.5

6. Astoria 97

7. Rainier 80

8. Tillamook 70

Girls

1. Tillamook 318

2. Newport 245

3. Taft 168

4. Astoria 125

5. Valley Catholic 119

6. Scappoose 109

7. Seaside 80

8. Rainier 65

9. Toledo 30

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