The Sherwood boys are edged for the title by one point

PARKROSE — It was a record-setting day.

And it also was a title-winning day for both Julia Bush and Emily Stevens.

Bush, a sophomore on the Sherwood High School girls swim team, and Stevens, a senior on the Lady Bowmen squad, both swam to victory and both set new school records during the finals of the Northwest Oregon Conference District Championships, held Friday and Saturday at the Parkrose Swim PARKER LEE - RECORD BREAKER -- Sherwood High School senior Emily Stevens set a new school record with her winning time of 58.52 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke event Saturday at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Swim Championships held at the Parkrose Aquatic Center.

Bush and Stevens, as well as some of their teammates on the Sherwood swim squads, will try for more glory this week when they compete at the Class 5A State Champions.

Each event winner at the district meet, as well as those swimmers and relay teams that earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 5A state meet, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

Bush and Stevens should take plenty of momentum into the state meet following their performances at the NWOC district meet.

Bush set her new school record with her winning swim of 52.61 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle event at the district meet.

She finished that race more than seven seconds ahead of second-place finisher Lydia Furrow of Liberty.

Bush also triumphed in the 200 freestyle at district with a mark of 1:54.32.

Stevens set her new school record in the 100 backstroke event, which she won in a time of 58.52. Stevens won that race by more than 10 seconds.

Stevens also earned a state bid in the 100 butterfly. She finished second in that race at district with a personal-best time of 58.75.

In the 200 medley relay at district, Bush and Stevens teamed with senior Kaela De Kar and sophomore Amy McAravey to place second in a time of 1:59.22, earning the team a berth to state.

In the 200 freestyle relay, McAravey, Bush, Stevens and senior Moriah Schleif raced to second place with a mark of 1:47.69. That team also is moving on to the state meet.

McAravey placed third in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:09.69. She also was fifth in the 200 individual medley in 2:41.30. De Kar took fourth place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.07.

The Sherwood girls finished in third place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 189 points. Sandy took first place with a score of 251.

Meanwhile, the Sherwood boys found themselves in a wild battle for the top spot in the team standings at district.

The Bowmen came up just one point short of claiming the title, as they finished in second place with a score of 233. Parkrose took the crown with a score of 234. Liberty was third at 230 and St. Helens was fourth at 229.

The Sherwood boys showed their depth at the district event, as they were just one point out of first place despite not having a single event winning.

The Bowmen will be sending a pair of relay teams to the state meet.

In the 200 medley relay, the Sherwood team of sophomore James Heinlein, senior Tanner Varin, junior Hao Tan and junior Ryan Ax finished in second place in a time of 1:49.48, good enough to earn a state-meet berth.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Tan, Varin, Heinein and Ax raced to second place in 1:36.76, earning the foursome another state-meet bid.

Also for the Sherwood boys, freshman Carter Howard was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:14.52 and he was third in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.60.

Heinlein raced to second place in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.50.

Tan was fourth in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 1:01.35. Varin, trying to help the Bowmen win the team title, cut four seconds off his season-best time win the 100 breaststroke with his fourth-place mark of 1:09.98.

“The boys did everything they could to win the meet, but fell just short,” Sherwood coach Robbert van Andel said. “Overall, almost every swimmer swam faster in the finals than they did in prelims.”

Action at the Class 5A state meet is set to start at 1:45 p.m. on Friday.

The championship finals are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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