Tualatin Hills Takes Over Lead At Oregon Sectionals With Wins From Cassidy Brennan, Michelle Cefal

Photo Courtesy: Peter H.Bick

GRESHAM, Oregon, July 16. TUALATIN Hills took over the combined team lead tonight at the Speedo Western Sectional Championships in Gresham, Ore., thanks to wins by Cassidy Brennan, Michelle Cefal and the women’s 200 medley relay team. Tualatin Hills has 208 points, 10 ahead of the University of Denver Hilltoppers (198) and Aces Swim Club (176).

In the first event of the night, Hawaiian Jasmine Alkhaldi posted a one-tenth victory in the women’s 100 free, touching out Tacoma Swim Club’s Emma Chard, 56.82 to 56.92. Scottsdale’s Taylor Ruck finished right behind in third in 56.94. As expected, Daryl Turner of Aces Swim Club won the men’s race by a sizeable margin, blowing by the field to win in 50.59. RallySport Aquatic Club’s William Van Dehy beat out several others for second with a 51.84, just ahead of Phoenix Swim Club’s Ryan McCoy (51.91) and Flatiron Athletic Club’s Miles MacKenzie (51.93).

Robin Pinger of Oregon City Swim Team captured the women’s 200 breast title, dropping more than four seconds from her prelim time with a 2:35.86. Ashley Grijalva of Rio Salado Swim Club also sliced four seconds from her morning swim to take second in 2:36.70, while 13-year-old Zoe Bartel of Fort Collins Area Swim Team placed third in 2:38.28. Aces Swim Club got its second win of the night, this time from John Bushman in the men’s 200 breast. Bushman just out-touched Arizona Marlins’ Matthew Anderson for the win, 2:18.10 to 2:18.28. Ty Dang of Arizona Gold Swimming rounded out the top three in 2:20.30.

The women’s 200 back final turned out to be a battle between a couple of teenagers, with 15-year-old Cassidy Brennan of Tualatin Hills winning the event in 2:15.19, less than half a second in front of Tri City Channel Cats’ Lisa Bratton (2:15.62). Hannah Leach of Missoula Aquatic Club emerged from a tightly grouped bunch to take third in 2:16.66. Carter Griffin of the DU Hilltoppers put on a backstroke clinic in the men’s race, cracking the 2:00 barrier for the first time with a 1:59.39, five seconds ahead of Lake Oswego’s Curtis Klein, who touched in 2:04.28. Joseph Notarianni of Foothills Swim Team rounded out the top three in 2:06.69.

Tualatin Hills’ Michelle Cefal earned a half-second win in the women’s 200 fly over Jeffco Hurricanes’ Erin Metzger-Seymour, 2:15.04 to 2:15.62, with Bellevue Club’s Kimberly Williams in third at 2:16.88. Colorado swimmers claimed the top three spots in the men’s 200 fly final, led by Jeffco Hurricanes’ Andrew Torres, who broke 2:00 for the first time ever with a 1:58.94. Andrew Hartbarger of Aces Swim Club finished second in 2:01.50, followed by DU Hilltopper Reed Matthews in 2:01.96.

Tualatin Hills’ quartet of Grace Carlson, Prudence Rooker, Michelle Cefal and Keaton Blovad had the best time in the women’s 200 medley relay at 1:58.27. Samantha Wicks, Heather Harper, Jessica Bottelberghe and Sydney Johansen claimed second place honors with a 1:58.67, while Bridgette McNally, Cristina Bassani, Grace Sommerville and Zoe Huddleston gave the DU Hilltoppers a third place finish in 1:59.82. Meanwhile, the DU Hilltoppers won the men’s relay in 1:43.93, thanks to Carter Griffin, Michael McCormick, Clarence Guillory and Kyle Robrock. Aces Swim Club touched second with Daryl Turner, John Bushman, Andrew Hartbarger and Jake Markham posting a 1:46.28. Tucson Ford Dealers’ Hunter Thompson, Zachary Hojnacki, Jarl Brynnel and Kenneth Cashion rounded out the top three in 1:47.10.

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Author: Emily Sampl

Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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