Sandys Nick Chaney takes first in the butterfly and breaststroke at the NWOC championships
PORTLAND Over the course of the regular season, the Sandy boys swimming team was a two-man show in Nick Chaney and Kennedy Salveter. So it was in the Northwest Oregon Conference championships at Parkrose on Saturday.
After cruising through the dual-meets, Chaney breezed at the district meet. He snagged individual victories in the 100-yard butterfly (53.28) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.66). Chaney will be a threat to finish high in both events at this weekends state championship meet.
Chaneys close friend and teammate, Salveter, also swam well. However, Salveter fell just short of an automatic state berth. In the 100 yard freestyle, he looked poised to win. For the final 25 yards of the race, Salveter and St. Helens Andrew Collson matched each other, stroke-for-stroke. As soon as they both touched the wall, they popped up out of the water to await their times on the scoreboard.
The reactions of the two said it all.
Collson raised both arms high in the air, while Salveter clutched his face in his hands. Collson won by .03 hundredths.
It was a bittersweet end to a great four years, Salveter said.
Salveter found out he would have one more weekend in his prep career Sunday when he earned state wildcard spots in the 50 and 100 freestyle races for this weekends 5A meet at Mt. Hood CC.
Later, Salveter and Chaney swam one last event together in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The pair gave Sandy a big early lead, but the Pioneers could not hold it and finished third in the tag-team race behind Parkrose and Sherwood.