The Sweet Home High boys and girls swim teams easily swept the Special District 3 championships on Saturday at the Albany Community Pool.
Both teams finished with more than 300 team points and had winners in 19 of the 22 events.
The girls scored first-place finishes from Lucie Davis, Jessica Coats, Lauren Yon, Megan Hager and Sarah Hewitt.
Davis, a senior, attributed a lot of the team’s success to coach Doug Peagrin’s ability to get them focused and ready.
“Peargin is laid back in the right ways, organized in the good ways.” Davis said. “We have a lot of fun at practice with him, he teases us, we tease him. He’s always been able to produce really great high school level quality swimmers.”
The girls won with a good mix of experience and youth. Davis finished the day with four first-place finishes; Coats finished with three. Hager, a freshman, also won four times.
“Megan is young and full of energy, and super fun to be around. She’s a great sprinter, and she’ll be a big part of it if we win state,” Coats said.
Hager has been a great addition to the team, and has been fast all year and swims first on the freestyle relay teams. Nobody has bigger expectations of Hager than herself.
“I re-set the record for the 50 freestyle for our school. I want to try to get the record for the 100 too,” she said.
The boys were equally successful on Saturday. Sean Wolthuis, Rawlins Lupoli, Rowland Lupoli, Stewart Curtis, Brandon Vasfaret and Nathan Hager each won events at the meet.
Junior twins Rawlins and Rowland Lupoli finished first in seven combined events. In the 100 breaststroke, Rawlins finished half a second ahead of his brother.
“He’s always beaten me in the 100 breast by less than a second. But this season I’ve beaten him twice by less than a second, when I came up and saw him next to me, I was just laughing.” Rowland said.
Nathan Hager took home four first-place finishes and Brandon Vasfaret took home three.
Hager is excited to get to next week’s state meet. He knows this week will be a crucial period of preparation, and that Peagrin’s regimen will change from that of the regular season.
“Next week we’re going to work on technical stuff like turns and starts.” Hager said. “My starts are kind of lacking so that’s a good thing for me to focus on. And just resting down, because we’ve been doing 6000 yards per practice plus mornings. So we’ll get some air back in us.”
Philomath's girls and boys each took third. The boys scored 130 total team points and the girls scored 169.
Sophomore James Dye finished second in the boys 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle.
State preliminaries will be held on Friday with finals on Saturday at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham.