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Sandy swimmers finish seventh at state

Hannah Gupton scores in three events at the 5A finals


by: THE POST: DAN BROOD - Sandy sophomore Hannah Gupton takes a breath during the anchor leg of the 200 freestyle relay Saturday. She finished second in the butterfly.

GRESHAM — The Sandy girls swim team scored in three events Saturday to finish seventh at the 5A state meet.

Sophomore Hannah Gupton had a hand in all of those points, highlighting her day with a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly — moving up two spots from her qualifying spot during Friday’s prelims.

Gupton looked as though she might win the race after finishing the first lap with a almost a body length lead, but Cleveland’s Ida Donohue caught her before the finish to win in 58.62 seconds — .25 hundredths ahead of Gupton.

“I missed my last turn or I may have had a chance,” Gupton said.

Ten minutes earlier, Gupton was climbing out of the water after placing fifth in the 50 freestyle sprint (25.79).

“I liked having back-to-back races,” Gupton said. “I was able to get all my nerves out in that first one.”

Sandy completed its scoring with a third-place effort in the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.37). The team from Bend raced away from the field, leaving a wall of swimmers battling for second place. Two of those contenders, Crescent Valley and West Albany, took themselves out by leaving early on the final exchange.

Gupton swam the anchor leg for Sandy and was joined on the tag-team by Asha Gatchell, Zayna Salveter and Amanda Snodgrass.

The Pioneers missed a chance to add to their team total when they came up .09 hundredths short of the last spot into the finals in the 200 medley relay.

Summit won the team title with 58 points.

by: THE POST: DAN BROOD - Sandys Nick Chaney breaks through the water during his fifth-place effort in the breaststroke during Saturdays 5A swim finals.

On the boys side, junior Nick Chaney was third in the butterfly (53.62) and fifth in the breaststroke (1:00.61).

Summit won the team crown with 72 points.