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Swimming: Scappoose kicks off season in Tillamook

Both the Tribe girls and boys finished near the back of the pack


The Scappoose swim team got their first taste of action under their belts on Saturday at the Tillamook Invitational.

The Scappoose girls came in seventh in the nine-team meet, scoring 91 points to stay ahead of Taft and Rainier. Tillamook won the girls' competition with 278 points, while fellow-Cowapa League opponent Valley Catholic took third with 203.

Stefany Alvarez, who took fourth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly at regionals last spring in Astoria, had a big meet to kick off her senior season. Alvarez put in her fastest time in the 200 free since 2012, swimming for a third-place finish behind Marisa Jack of Valley Catholic and Allison Bachart of Newport.

Shortly thereafter, she battled for an excellent finish in the 100 breaststroke, inching ahead of Tillamook's Shelby Kunert for second place.

Freshma Gabie Kreuger also made a splash in her first high school meet, taking fifth in the girls' 200 yard individual medley and fourth in the physically demanding 100 fly with a time of 1:16.69.

Head coach David Richmond said the Indians got an 11-second PR from Macy Gray in the 200 freestyle and saw a personal best from Syrina Revis in the 50 yard freestyle.

It was a tough showing for the Scappoose boys, who took ninth with 38 points. Newport rolled to a victory, tallying 327 points to Seaside's 233. The boys team is even less experienced than the girls, but it didn't stop the Indians from compiling a few highlights.

Relay events often don't reflect the individual efforts on the athletes unless the team finishes in the top few spots. It can be easy to overlook big strides, but Richmond said there were several efforts which stood out.

Dakota Poppenhagen and Dan Carrier both made big rallies in their relay events, with Carrier helping Scappoose to beat Rainier by nine tenths of a second in the boys 400 freestyle relay with a big push at the finish.

Richmond also said the team got big performances from Jacob Harley with a new PR in the 50 freestyle and relay splits, and an 18-second PR in the 500 freestyle from Connor Cason.

“While we don't have a lot of experience this year on our team, our experienced swimmers really had a big meet and our newcomers impressed,” Richmond said. “You hope your returners come in and are close to where they were last year, but to have kids crush their past personal bests this early in the season gives me a lot of confidence we're just getting warmed up.”

The Indians will be back in action on Friday, when they host eight teams in the third annual River City Invitational at the Eisenschmidt pool at 4:15 p.m.

SUMMARY

Tillamook Invitational

Girls

1 Tillamook 278

2 Newport 244

3 Valley Catholic 203

4 Seaside 168

5 La Salle 125

6 Astoria 121

7 Scappoose 91

8 Taft 58

9 Rainier 14

Boys

1 Newport 327

2 Seaside 233

3 La Salle 200

4 Tillamook 135

5 Rainier 117

6 Taft 117

7 Astoria 79

8 Valley Catholic 56

9 Scappose 38

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