Sandy can finish alone in first place with a win this week over Parkrose

by: THE POST: PARKER LEE - Sandys Hannah Gupton rises out of the water during her win in the 200-yard medley Thursday.

The Sandy girls swim team stayed undefeated with a 110-60 win against the visiting Liberty Falcons on Thursday. The Pioneers won six of the eight individual events and two of the three relays.

“We had a lot of best times, so it’s good to see them still working hard, even though it is late in the season and everyone is tired,” Sandy coach Jamie Paul said.

The relay Sandy didn’t win, the 200-yard freestyle, was the most riveting race of the meet. Both A teams from Sandy and Liberty were even after each of the first three legs.

When Sandy’s Amanda Snodgrass and Liberty’s Lydia Furrow dove in, it was a mad paddle to the finish. Snodgrass and Furrow had already battled each other in the 50 freestyle, with Snodgrass edging Furrow out by 0.12 seconds (27.41).

For the entire final leg of the relay, Snodgrass and Furrow were dead even. Teammates and fans on both sides screamed wildly as the two swimmers navigated the final 20 yards. When they touched the wall, both teams were sure their swimmer was first. The clocks revealed a victory by Liberty – by .03 hundredths.

Snodgrass jumped right back in the pool and won the 100 backstroke (1:12.69).

The biggest winner for the lady Pioneers was Asha Gatchell. She breezed past the field in the 200 freestyle, winning by more than 15 seconds (2:14.75). In the 500 freestyle, Gatchell again smoked the competition and won by more than 36 seconds (6:08.00). She was also part of the two winning relay teams.

Hannah Gupton, the defending state champion in the 100 butterfly, cruised to a 17-second win in that event (1:05.90). Gupton also finished first in the 200 medley (2.29:94). She too was on Sandy’s winning relay teams.

The Pioneers can finish the regular season unbeaten with a win against Parkrose next week in the final tune-up before the district meet.

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