McNary swept under by Saxon tide

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Celt Monica Howard cuts through the water in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Monica Howard cuts through the water in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School swim teams won precious few races in their recent dual meet with South Salem High School, but placers and standout junior varsity performances helped their cause.

“It was surprising how well we actually did,” said Lady Celt Anjelica Glassey. “We have a lot of strong freshmen this year and we’ve got some solid relay teams.”

The girls lost their side of the meet 109-61.

Glassey turned in a second place finish in the 100 fly and topped the podium in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:11.25. She’s hoping to crack 1:10 before the end of the season.

“My fly time didn’t feel as good as it ended up being, but the backstroke has always been my best race,” she said.

Glassey was also part of second-place relay teams in the 400 free and 200 medley. Head Coach Kim Phillips is making a change starting this week in the 200 medley, which will see junior Josie Davis take over the butterfly leg.

“It will be good, but we’ll all have to improve our times,” Glassey said.

Other race winners for the girls were: Mikaela Benson in the 200 junior varsity free with a time of 2:31.27; Kiana Briones in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:30.95; Emily McNichols in the JV 50 free in 30.54; and Morgan Kuch in the JV 100 breast with a time of 1:27.20.

McNichols’ time in the 50 free was a four second personal record (PR) over the last time she swam the race in her freshman year.

“Kim threw me into it and I think I surprised both of us,” McNichols said.

The Saxon boys won their side of the meet with a final score of 111-59.

Celtic winners were: Alex Fox in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.28; Perry Groves in the varsity 50 free in 22.59, Eli Purser in the JV 50 free in 25.48; Groves in the 100 free in 52.02; and Fox, Evan Alger, Sloane Yerger and Groves in the 200 free relay in 1:36.29.

Alger said it was a standout day for the entire 200 relay team.

“We all had nice dives and nice turns,” Alger said.

Alger also recorded a new PR by four seconds in the 500 free. His meet time was 6:16.81.

The Celts are steadily cruising toward the district meet with high expectations.

“At district, we’ll just need all the PR’s we can get,” Alger said.

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