Three individuals, two relay teams earn state swim berths

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Celts Perry Groves, Alex Fox, Jeremiah Hamilton and Ben Johnson accepts their medals for a first place finish in the 200 free relay in the district swim meet Saturday, Feb. 9. (Photos Courtesy of Bill Donaldson)

Celts Perry Groves, Alex Fox, Jeremiah Hamilton and Ben Johnson accepts their medals for a first place finish in the 200 free relay in the district swim meet Saturday, Feb. 9. (Photos Courtesy of Bill Donaldson)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

A handful of Celtics from the boys and girls varsity swimming teams will be representing McNary High School in the state swimming meet this weekend.

For the girls, senior Laura Donaldson was the sole survivor at the district meet Feb. 8-9. She took second in the 50 free with a personal record of 25.90.

“I’ve never done club swimming like a lot of the really talented people in the district and it’s nice to know that Kim (Phillips) has trained me well enough to compete at that next level,” Donaldson said.

She also credited the coaching of Hannah Braun with helping see her through.

At the state meet, Donaldson hopes to cut her time to 25.09 this weekend.

“The 50 is all technique and I have to remember every single piece to get that time,” she said.

The boys took third at the district competition with a pair of Ben Johnson wins in individual races and a relay victory in the 200 free.


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