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Swimming: Scappoose sweeps Astoria, splits with Rainier at home meet

Up next is a trip to Salem for the Blantchet Catholic invite

A string of positive results and an excellent meet on Tuesday have David Richmond, head coach of the Scappoose swim team, wildly excited for the coming month.

“I'm really fired up for our team as we are peaking well going into February and need to ride this momentum going into a fast pool at Blanchet [Catholic] and then home again for League,” he said. “I can't wait and I don't think our kids can either. I think we're primed for a fast February.”

The reason: Both the boys and girls teams beat fellow District 1 and Cowapa League opponent Astoria on Tuesday, and the girls managed to polish off Rainier to boot.

On the girls side, things got off to a hot start. The 200 medley relay took second, followed by back-to-back wins for junior Kayla Miller and senior Stefany Alvarez in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, respectively.

Gabie Kreuger took second by just three seconds in the 100 yard butterfly just a few minutes later, and Miller followed up her earlier win with a second-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle. Then Alvarez took the 500 freestyle by nearly 50 seconds.

All very impressive, but not compared to the showing by the girls' 400 yard relay. Krueger, Miller, Alverez and senior Syrina Revis cut a full seven seconds off their previous best, taking first in a time of 4:34.52. Revis was an exceptionally quick 1:09 on her 100-yard split, but it was nothing next to Alverez, who swam to 100 in 59.75 seconds — the fastest time of her career, and the quickest mark for any Scappoose girl since the 2012 season.

The highlights were enough to push the girls team past Astoria by a slim margin, beating the Lady Fishermen 87-81. The girls' dual with Rainier wasn't even close, as Rainier fell 113-48.

On the boys side, Richmond said the most notable performances belonged to Jacob Harley, Connor Cason and Austin Sharp.

Harley took first in the 100 breaststroke, winning by a full two seconds over Rainier's Sean Rosian, while also pulling out a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley. Cason finished just behind Harley in the individual medley by a second, and took third in the 100 backstroke. Sharp won the 100 yard butterfly ahead of Rainier's Logan Crawford, despite coming in a full second slower than the Rainier junior.

The Indians also got results from sophomore Dakota Poppenhagen, who placed first in the 500 yard freestyle by nine seconds, as well as Tracy Sweeny, who placed second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle.

It all added up to an 85-72 victory for the Scappoose boys, though Rainier finished with a 99-68 edge after sweeping both relay events.

Scappoose will travel to Blantchet Catholic in Salem on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. before returning home to host the Cowapa League championships at the Eisenschmidt pool on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.