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Melling, Sweeney, Kulp, Sharp on to state in 200 free relay

'A' foursome comes within one second of school record for third at Class 4A/3A/2A/1A District 1 Championships in Astoria


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - From left, Indians sophomore Justin Melling, seniors Trace Sweeney and Matthew Kulp and junior Austin Sharp qualified for Friday and Saturday's OSAA Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Swimming Championships with a season-best 1 minute, 41.74 seconds - within a second of the 200-yard freestyle school record of 1:40.31 - at the District 1 Championships on Saturday at the Astoria Aquatic Center.Justin Melling, Trace Sweeney, Matthew Kulp and Austin Sharp are in.

They, the Scappoose 200-yard freestyle relay ‘A’ team, were third in a season-best 1 minute, 41.74 seconds at the District 1 Championships on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Astoria Aquatic Center.

“It was really fun, all the teams talk to you,” said Sweeney, a senior. “You bond and make friends, they encourage you and you encourage them.”

Melling, Sweeney, Kulp and Sharp’s performance earned the 12th and final seed in Friday’s state preliminaries at the Mount Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham, and came within a second of the school record (1:40.31) set by Ryan Rafferty, Jeremy Powell, Kody Backus and Todd Graham in 2012.

State preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, from which the top six teams make the finals set for 8:15 a.m. on Saturday.

“We’re looking at being faster, working on our technique, possibly breaking the school record and having fun,” said Sharp, a junior.

The 200 free foursome is only the second Scappoose boys’ relay team to reach state.

Kyle Claridge, Rafferty, Keegan Carey and Graham came up 10th at state in the 200 medley relay in 2011.

The Newport boys (347 points), back from sixth at state, and the Tillamook girls (263 points), 12th at state a year ago, won the respective District 1 championship meets.

The Indians boys (112 points) were fifth and the girls were seventh (85 points).

“We missed a qualifier [the now-graduated Stefany Alvarez] by one tenth of a second last year, so it’s good to be back,” Scappoose coach David Richmond said.

The Indians have never won a team or individual state championship.

Sharp was also fifth in the district with a personal best (1:09.66) in the 100 butterfly.

In the girls’ meet, Gabie Krueger was third in the 200 individual medley (2:36.22) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (a personal-best 1:10.33).

The 400 free relay ‘A’ team of Kayla Miller, Macy Gray, Kreuger and Ciara Dreeszen was fourth (4:43.28).

“We had the third-most entries into the finals (28) at dis- trict of the nine teams,” Richmond said. “Only Valley Catholic and Newport [battling for team titles] had more. Twenty-five of 28 kids had at least one personal best.”

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

Scappoose results

Boys

200 medley relay

7. Scappoose ‘A’, 2:04.62

200 freestyle

11. Matthew Kulp, 2:26.82

200 individual medley

9. Connor Cason, 2:59.26

10. Quincy Reynolds, 3:00.55

50 freestyle

8. Trace Sweeney, 25.95

100 butterfly

5. Austin Sharp, 1:09.66

9. Will Harley, 1:22.80

11. Owen Ross, 1:38

100 freestyle

6. Trace Sweeney, 59.23

9. Matthew Kulp, 1:01.83

500 freestyle

12. Wyatt Brooks, 7:02.37

200 freestyle relay

3. Scappoose ‘A’, 1:41.74

100 backstroke

9. Quincy Reynolds, 1:15.73

12. Connor Cason, 1:20.29

400 freestyle relay

6. Scappoose ‘A’, 4:31.16

Girls

200 medley relay

7. Scappoose ‘A’, 2:21.70

200 freestyle

12. Ciara Dreeszen, 2:39.28

200 individual medley

3. Gabie Kreuger, 2:36.22

12. Macy Gray, 3:19.29

100 butterfly

9. Lauren Herscovitz, 1:25.96

12. Hadley Enos, 1:36.49

500 freestyle

10. Abi Cason, 7:26.57

200 freestyle relay

8. Scappoose ‘A’, 2:13.77

100 backstroke

4. Gabie Kreuger, 1:10.33

11. Kayla Miller, 1:21.71

100 breaststroke

9. Ciara Dreeszen, 1:31.53

400 freestyle relay

4. Scappoose ‘A’, 4:43.28

Team scores

Boys

1. Newport 347

2. Valley Catholic 185

3. Astoria 149

4. Rainier High School 130

5. Scappoose 112

6. Seaside 111

7. Taft 103

8. Tillamook 69

9. Toledo 9

Girls

1. Tillamook 263

2. Newport 201

3. Astoria 162

4. Seaside 151

5. Valley Catholic 121

6. Taft 111

7. Scappoose 85

8. Rainier 80

9. Toledo 16