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Bowmen have fun and win big

The Sherwood swim squads score sweep of Milwaukie


by: DAN BROOD - AX MAN -- Sherwood High School junior Ryan Ax is in first place in the 200-yard individual medley at last week's meet against Milwaukie. MILWAUKIE — Ryan Ax is a sprinter.

The junior on the Sherwood High School boys swim team is at his best in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events.

But, in last week’s meet against Milwaukie, Ax found himself in the 200 individual medley.

It was all part of the fun.

The Bowmen squads mixed things up — a lot — as they powered their way to a sweep against the overmatched Milwaukie teams in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet held Jan. 8 at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park.

“Today, we’re just enjoying things,” Ax said. “We’re mixing it up.”

“Our kids are in heavy training and swam a lot of off events to give them a chance to try other events,” Sherwood coach Robbert van Andel said.

The Sherwood girls scored a 137-26 win over Milwaukie to move to 2-1 in league meets. The Sherwood boys posted a 126-20 victory over the Mustangs to remain unbeaten in NWOC meets, improving their mark to 3-0. Both Milwaukie squads dropped to 0-4 in league.

Ax, who qualified for last year’s Class 5A state meet in the 50 freestyle, swam in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, in addition to a pair of relay events, in last week’s meet.

“It’s a challenge,” he said.

Ax triumphed in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2 minutes, 33.87 seconds.

“It hurt,” he said with a smile. “That’s not my race. People who swim the 200 IM would probably laugh at my time.”

Ax swam to second place in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.14. In the 200 medley relay, Ax teamed with sophomore James Heinlein, freshman Carter Howard and senior Steven Dowdle to get a win in a time of 1:57.08. In the 200 freestyle relay, Ax, Heinlein, freshman Nick Beeks and junior Hao Tan triumphed with a mark of 4:08.22.

Heinlein also had a pair of individual victories. He won the 100 freestyle in 55.59, which bettered his previous personal best time in that event by four seconds, and he swam to victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.72.

Also for the Sherwood boys, Howard won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.47, junior Chris Kuiper sprinted to victory in the 50 freestyle in 27.51, sophomore Joe Bassich won the 500 freestyle in 6:14.04 and Tan had a winning mark of 1:13.84 in the 100 breaststroke.

The Bowmen also got a victory from its 400 freestyle relay team of sophomore Michael Diegel, Dowdle, freshman Ryan Lord and Howard. That team turned in a winning time of 4:08.22.

Meanwhile, the Sherwood boys have high hopes for the rest of the season.

“Our depth this year is good,” Ax said. “Our biggest competition will be Parkrose, St. Helens and Liberty. District will be real close.”

The Sherwood girls, in last week’s meet, have first-place finishes in all 11 races.

Lady Bowmen junior Samantha Stewart and freshman Amy McAravey each had a pair of individual wins.

Stewart triumphed in the 200 individual medley in 3:04.13 and she had a winning mark of 1:17.19 in the 100 freestyle. McAravey had a winning time of 6:47.00 in the 500 freestyle and she swam to victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:12.57.

Also for the Lady Bowmen, senior Emily Stevens won the 200 freestyle in 2:11.06, senior Keatley Pihl took first in the 50 freestyle in 35.86, sophomore Julia Bush triumphed in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.30 and freshman Megan McCourt had a winning mark of 1:43.87 in the 100 breaststroke.

The Sherwood girls also won all three relay races. In the 200 medley relay, the team of Stevens, McAravey, senior Moriah Schleif and Bush picked up a victory in a time of 2:16.36. That combination also triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:54.76.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Bush, Schleif, senior Taylor Mathews and Stevens won in 4:26.16.

The Sherwood teams will be back in action today (Thursday) when they face Parkrose in a league meet starting at 4 p.m. at the Parkrose Swim Center.

On Tuesday, the Bowmen squads will return to the North Clackamas Aquatic Center to face Parkrose in a league meet starting at 7 p.m.




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