High School State Championships: Oregon Boys and Girls

GRESHAM, Oregon, February 22. OREGON's high school swimmers competed Feb. 17-18 in the Oregon State High School Swimming Championships in Gresham.

Division 4A
Henley High School picked up the girls team title with 58 points, followed by La Grande (44), Madras (32), North Bend (31) and Valley Catholic (28). On the boys side, Cottage Grove took top honors with 60 points with Sweet Home taking second (41), La Grande third (39), North Bend fourth (34) and Corbett (26).

Cascade Christian's Breanna Sapienza, a sophomore, nabbed the only 4A record among the girls with her 54.63 in the 100 fly. Sapienza's teammate, Aaron Ghiglieri, closed out his high school career with division marks in the 100 fly (49.52) and 200 IM (1:51.15). Colin Eaton, a senior at Corbett, lowered 4A marks in both the 50 free (20.48) and 100 free (45.35).

Cottage Grove's boys team set two relay division standards. The quartet of sophomores Sam Garrison and Caleb Leczel, senior Gavin Nash and junior Nat Taie combined for a 1:40.62 in the 200 medley relay. Taie and Nash, along with seniors John Pham and Kyle Fringer, lowered the 200 free record to 1:30.06.

La Grande senior Matthew Cook missed setting a 4A mark in the 200 free by 2-hundredths with his 1:42.13. He also picked up the 100 back victory (51.68).

Division 5A
Summit swept the team titles in 5A competition. The girls team scored 67 points for the win. Sherwood found itself in second place (42), followed by Bend (36), Crescent Valley (33) and West Albany (31). Summit's boys combined for 61 points, ahead of Ashland (40), Pendleton (38), Cleveland (34) and North Eugene (25).

Summit's freshman Tommy Brewer cleared 5A division records in both the 50 free (21.09) and 100 free (46.04). Also setting division marks were North Eugene senior Cameron Lindsey in the 100 breast (59.09) and Springfield sophomore Carlos Hunnicutt in the 200 IM (1:53.08). Alex Seaver doubled in the 200 free (1:42.43) and 500 free (4:36.59).

Grace Carlson, a junior at Wilson, claimed the lone 5A mark in the 100 back (55.38) and picked up a second triumph in the 50 free (23.62). West Albany senior Jessie James was first in both the 200 IM (2:06.26) and 500 free (4:45.84).

Hannah Gupton, a freshman at Sandy, posted a 58.33 victory in the 100 fly, missing the 5A division standard by 4-hundredths.

Division 6A
Cameron Stitt, a junior at Sunset, set an Oregon Division 6A record in the 500 free with his 4:27.84, and added a 200 free victory in 1:40.07. West Linn junior Curtis Klein lowered the 100 back 6A record to 50.08 and was second to Stitt in the 200 free (1:40.98). The only relay record in any Oregon division this year fell to Sunset's team of sophomore Jonathan Zoucha plus juniors Cole Hurwitz, Jordan Hurwitz and Stitt with their 1:35.61 in the 200 medley relay.

Forest Grove senior Gabe Rooker collected wins in the 50 free (21.31) and 100 breast (57.03), and Barlow sophomore Nick Thorne enjoyed victory in both the 200 IM 91:53.94) and 100 free (46.29).

Sarah Kaunitz, a sophomore at Lake Oswego, came within 1-hundredth of clearing the 100 breast record with her 1:03.61. She picked up a second win in the 200 IM (2:05.09). Also claiming two individual events was Century freshman Ellie Thornbrue, who topped the field in both the 100 fly (57.13) and 200 free (1:52.25).

Two sophomores dueled it out in the 50 free, with West Linn's Brie Balsbough out-touching Lakeridge's Brenda Cha, 23.65-23.66. Cha came close in the 100 fly as well, finishing 5-hundredths shy of Thornbrue (57.18).

Jesuit's girls team finished first with their 182 points, with Lake Oswego taking second (150). Five points separated third from fifth, as Lakeridge grabbed third (105) over Reynolds (103) and St. Mary's Academy (100). Sunset combined for 213 points to become the 6A boys champion, followed by McMinnville/Sheridan (189.5), Grant (116), Barlow (98) and Southridge (83).

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