The Scots get off to a fast start and never look back to claim girls swim crown

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Emma Nissen of David Douglas glides through the water during the backstroke Saturday. She won the 200 medley race earlier in the meet.

David Douglas did as expected Saturday and ran away with the Mount Hood Conference girls swim title.

The Scots piled up 487 points to finish more than 200 in front of runner-up St. Mary’s.

David Douglas didn’t waste any time flexing its muscle, scoring first-place points in three of the day’s first four races.

The Scots got it started with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.25), while Emma Nissen won a tight battle in the 200 medley (2:22.78). Nissen swam in second place most of the way before moving ahead at the 10-meter flags and out touching Gresham’s Haley Schaeffer by .19 hundredths.

“I wanted to win, and I talked myself into it,” Nissen said. “I knew she was right there with me. I just put my head down and went for it — it was close.”

David Douglas teammates Janessa Dyk and Hao Nguyen followed with a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle sprint. Dyk was easily the first swimmer into the water, setting the pace for the entire splash-filled lap before hitting the wall well in front of the pack.

Rory Kearns of St. Mary’s (500 free, butterfly) and Felicia Anderson of Central Catholic (backstroke, 100 free) won multiple events.

Look for extended meet coverage, including a list of district placers, in the Tuesday, Feb. 12, print edition.

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