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Swimming: Scappoose shows improvement at River City Invite

Individuals continue to improve for Indians


Behind another solid performance from several key individuals, the Scappoose girls once again managed to battle back injuries and muscle themselves into the mix of things. The Indians finished fourth at their home River City Invitational on Friday afternoon.

It was the same to highlight-names from the Tillamook Invitational, captain Stefany Alvarez and freshman Gabie Kreuger.

Alvarez set new personal bests in the 200 yard individual medley for second place with a final time of 2:35.43, also setting a new PR in the lengthy 500 yard freestyle for third place.

Her start to the year has been impressive to head coach David Richmond, who said every one of the girls who competed on Friday walked away with a new personal best in at least one event.

“She's been leading in every way this season and it's great to see her off to a strong start this season,” Richmond said of Alvarez, who narrowly missed a trip to the state championships in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly last spring.

Kreuger wasn't far behind on Friday, taking third in the 100 yard backstroke and fourth in the 200 yard freestyle with a finals time of 2:25.51 — barely off the Indians' top-10 list, according to Richmond.

The girls 200 medley relay also took a huge step — or stroke, rather — forward, Richmond said. The team, comprised of Syrina Revis, Lauren Herscovitz, Alvarez and Kreuger, was three seconds faster at 2:18 after a week of practice. It showed a great deal of potential according to Richmond, who said he would “love to see us at 2:12.”

Richmond also said the Indians got big improvements from first-year competitors Ciara Dreezen in the 100 breast stroke and 100 freestyle, as well as big jumps from Shasta Howe and Abby Cason.

It was Connor Cason making waves on the boys' side of things. Cason had new PRs in the 100 butterfly for fourth place and 100 backstroke for fifth place, also swimming well as part of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Richmond said Dakota Poppenhagen also showed signs of a possible big year to come, shaving 27 seconds off his leg of the 200 medley relay and with a little fine tuning could have an excellent season.

Trace Sweeny and Jacob Harley also set new PRs in the 100 freestyle, adding to a growing number of strong individuals on the small, but feisty boys squad. The early success, according to Richmond, has been “great experience.”

“It gives them that extra motivation and while they watched the fastest heats last year, many of our boys are finding themselves in the thick of them now,” he said. “We were close to Valley Catholic today. We would love to see our boys give some of the league teams some fits this year. I think as we get more and more experience this year, we're going to be very competitive by February when it matters most.”

The Indians' next action will be a road trip to take on Seaside and Banks on Dec. 18.

SUMMARY

River City Invitational

Team Scores

Boys

1 Blanchet Catholic 333

2 Rainier 198

3 Gladstone 178

4 North Marion 172

5 Valley Catholic 133

6 Scappoose 127

7 The Dalles 99

8 Molalla 13

Girls

1 Valley Catholic 328

2 The Dalles 232

3 Blanchet Catholic 189

4 Scappoose 135

5 Gladstone 128

6 Rainier 96

7 North Marion 79

8 Molalla 61

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