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Swimming: Alvarez just short of state, Tribe girls take fourth at districts

Alvarez just inches away from state in 200 freestyle

By the time the swimming regional competition in Astoria had finished, all that separated Scappoose senior Stefany Alvarez from a berth at the state championships were four measly inches.

Alvarez swam the 200 yard freestyle in 2:09.34, but missed the final berth at the state by just over a tenth of a second. Sweet Home's Mia Davis claimed the 12th spot with a time of 2:09.21 from one of the southern regionals.

“That is hard to swallow,” head coach David Richmond said. “She swam an excellent race and nine times out of 10, a 2:09 gets you in. This year is incredibly fast.”

Three of the 12 spots in the girls 200 freestyle state preliminaries come from Special District 1, where Scappoose competes. Two contestants hail from Valley Catholic, who finished strong in the second day of competition and won the girls side of the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 1 championships on Saturday, Feb. 14. Scappoose finished fourth in the girls competition.

The full list of entries can be found on the OSAA's website, along with results from each of the four special districts.

The 200 freestyle wasn't the only difficult finish for Alvarez, who rallied in the final stretch of the 100 breaststroke for second place with a time of 1:19.27 — a little more than half a second slower than Cascade's Min Wei, who finished in 1:18.54 in her regional to claim the 12th and final spot in the state championships.

Regardless of the handful of heartbreaking results, Richmond said it was a very successful meet for the Scappoose girls. Finishing in the top half was a goal coming into the year, he said, especially with the toughness of the region in which they compete.

Behind Alverez' top performances were a handful of placers for Scappoose. Freshman Gabie Kreuger, who Richmond has pinpointed as the Indians' next great 200 freestyle swimmer, placed third in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 yard backstroke with a personal best of 1:11.89 in Saturday's final.

Freshman Abby Cason made the finals in the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and was joined by juniors Kayla Miller and Lauren Herscovitz in the 100 butterfly finals. Senior Syrina Revis made the 100 freestyle finals, placing ninth with a new personal best of 1:08.57.

Macy Gray made the finals in both the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, finishing 10th in both events. Freshman Ciara Dreeszen also made the 100 breaststroke finals, finishing just ahead of Gray for ninth.

The Scappoose boys finished eighth, closing out a very youth-filled season, and finished barely behind Astoria and Taft.

Richmond said he was impressed by several big improvements in the season finale, notably a big PR from senior Jacob Harley in the 100 yard breaststroke. Harley was in the third heat of preliminaries, which meant he had a chance to see what he was up against, according to Richmond.

“He was already amped up for it and swam a big personal best to get in and then moved up from 6th to 5th in the final,” Richmond said.

Sophomore Dakota Poppenhagen was the only other member of the boys team to make the top five, placing fifth in the 500 freestyle with a new personal best of 6:10.

Richmond said he was excited about the experience gained for such a young team on the boys side, but that a very tough regional was enough to push the team down in the standings.

“Overall 9 of 10 boys had personal bests during the meet so I was very pleased about that, [I was] just a little disappointed that we didn't finish in the standings where we wanted,” Richmond said. “After placing second at the Rainier Invite and third at [the Blantchet Catholic Invitational] against mostly outside-our-district competition, it shows how tough our league is this year.”


Special District 1 Championships

Astoria Aquatic Center, Feb. 13-14

Boys team scores

1 Newport 304

2 Seaside 218

3 Valley Catholic 156

4 Rainier 128

5 Tillamook 124

6 Astoria 97

7 Taft 93

8 Scappoose 92

9 Banks 11

Girls team scores

1 Valley Catholic 252

2 Tillamook 229

3 Newport 216

4 Scappoose 134

5 Astoria 130

6 Seaside 111

7 Taft 86

8 Rainier 55

9 Banks 11