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Austin Sharp, Gabie Kreuger all-leaguers at Cowapa championships

Indians boys third with 229 points, girls fifth with 164 points

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Trace Sweeney and the Indians boys' 200-yard freestyle relay team were second in 1 minute, 43.21 seconds in the Cowapa League championships on Friday, Feb. 5, at Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens. Austin Sharp’s 2-minute, 35.61-second personal best in the 200-yard individual medley cut his old record by five seconds and won the Cowapa League championship on Friday, Feb. 5, at Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens.

The junior also set a personal best in the breaststroke leg of the 200 free relay and was third in the 100 butterfly (1:10.81).

Sharp, Justin Melling, Matthew Kulp and Trace Sweeney were a very close second to Seaside (1:41.31) in a personal-best 1:43.21 in the 200 free relay.

“We talked about taking it to Astoria [which took third in the event in 1:46.62] after they beat us in the final five yards by .08 seconds a week ago,” Scappoose coach David Richmond said. “We were neck-and-neck with Seaside most of the race, and we’ll see if we can knock even more time off next week. We still haven’t swam to our potential yet as a quartet. If we do, we can go 1:41 or so.”

Gabie Kreuger, a sophomore, was a 200 individual medley all-leaguer in second (2:38.06) to Tillamook freshman Allison Wilkes (2:31.31), and was fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:12.18).

“I thought it went really well,” Kreuger said. “Lots of us were close to previous personal records, and the newer kids have lower and lower times.”

The Indians boys came up third with 229 points and the girls were fifth with 164 points.

Valley Catholic’s boys (306 points) repeated as league champions. The Tillamook girls, back from 12th at Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state, won the girls’ meet with 329 points.

The District 1 meet, from which the winner of each event qualifies automatically for state, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Astoria Aquatic Center.

The Indians girls were fourth and the boys were eighth at the district meet last season.

State begins at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 20-21 at the Mt. Hood Aquatic Center in Gresham.

Sam Herscovitz, who qualified as a senior in the 100-yard backstroke in 2014, was the last Indians swimmer to reach the state meet.

Scappoose has never won a team or individual state swimming championship.

“If we go to state, it’ll be amazing,” Sharp said.

NOTES: Ciara Dreeszen set four personal bests including her 200 medley and 400 free relay performances. ... Lauren Herscovitz set a personal best by five seconds (1:25.23) for sixth in the 100 fly. ... Macy Gray set a five-second personal record in the 200 individual medley (3:12.48). ... Maddy Thorne took 14 seconds off of her 200 freestyle record (2:53.46) and six seconds off in the breaststroke (1:39.84). ... Matthew Kulp set a five-second PR in the 200 free (2:26.96) and in the 100 free (fifth, 1:01.65). ... Wyatt Brooks set PRs in the 200 free (2:27.15) and the 500 free (6:50.23). ... Connor Cason set a PR in the 100 back (fourth, 1:18.75). ... Reynolds took seven seconds off his 100 back record for fourth in 1:18.51. ... Melling set PRs in the 200 IM (fourth, 2:53.28), the 100 back (sixth, 1:23.25) and the leadoff leg of the 200 free relay. ... Owen Ross PR’d in the 50 free (28.76) and the 100 fly (1:34.86). ... Johnathan Bachman PR’d in the 50 free (32.89) and the 100 back (1:28.26).

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Scappoose results


200 medley relay

3. Scappoose ‘A’ (Trace Sweeney, Austin Sharp, Will Harley, Matthew Kulp), 2:05.51

200 freestyle

7. Matthew Kulp, 2:26.96

200 individual medley

1. Austin Sharp, 2:35.61

4. Justin Melling, 2:53.28

50 freestyle

6. Trace Sweeney, 25.95

100 butterfly

3. Austin Sharp, 1:10.81

5. Will Harley, 1:27.94

100 freestyle

4. Trace Sweeney, 1:00.24

5. Matthew Kulp, 1:01.65

500 freestyle

9. Wyatt Brooks, 6:50.23

200 freestyle relay

2. Scappoose ‘A’ (Justin Melling, Austin Sharp, Matthew Kulp, Trace Sweeney), 1:43.21

100 backstroke

4. Quincy Reynolds, 1:18.51

5. Connor Cason, 1:18.75

100 breaststroke

10. Will Harley, 1:29.09

400 freestyle relay

4. Scappoose ‘A’ (Wyatt Brooks, Connor Cason, Owen Ross, Justin Melling), 4:33.40


200 medley relay

4. Scappoose ‘A’ (Lauren Herscovitz, Ciara Dreeszen, Gabie Kreuger, Kayla Miller), 2:19.15

200 freestyle

5. Ciara Dreezen, 2:33.06

200 individual medley

2. Gabie Kreuger, 2:38.06

50 freestyle

7. Ragen Whisenhunt, 32.86

100 butterfly

6. Lauren Herscovitz, 1:25.23

500 freestyle

6. Abi Cason, 7:25.56

200 freestyle relay

5. Scappoose ‘A’ (Ragen Whisenhunt, Lauren Herscovitz, Hadley Enos, Macy Gray), 2:12.97

100 backstroke

5. Gabie Kreuger, 1:12.18

100 breaststroke

5. Ciara Dreeszen, 1:29.85

400 freestyle relay

3. Scappoose ‘A’ (Kayla Miller, Macy Gray, Gabie Kreuger, Ciara Dreeszen), 4:41.38

Team scores


1. Valley Catholic 306

2. Astoria 232

3. Scappoose 229

4. Seaside 182

5. Tillamook 102


1. Tillamook 329

2. Astoria 215

3. Seaside 206

4. Valley Catholic 196

5. Scappoose 164