GRESHAM — Swimmers for Corvallis, Crescent Valley and Lebanon left their marks at Saturday's OSAA 5A state swim meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
Lebanon had four swimmers competing in Saturdays finals, including seniors Casey McEuen and Hunter Franco, junior Jonathan Yordy and sophomore Drew Charley. McEuen, the defending state champion in the boys 50 free, swam to an OSAA record time of 20.18 to capture the 50-yard freestyle state championship.
"It's been a great season for our boys team and Casey has shined brightly every year at this meet," coach Gus Arzner said. "Franco, Yordy and Charley combined with McEuen to really give us a strong team. Casey is just a great, great anchor for us in the relays and that made us a very competitive relay team and it was very exciting. Overall we had a real good showing for our team which had a total of 15 state qualifiers on the boys and girls teams combined."
McEuen was a four-time state champion as he won the 100 butterfly in a 5A state record time of 49.19. McEuen combined with Franco, Yordy and Charley to help lead the Warriors to state titles in both the 200 free relay (1:30.02) and the 400 relay (3:17.73).
"I set some high standards and goals for myself and I've achieved everything that I wanted to do at the state meet," McEuen said. "I was a little surprised that I got two state records, considering how close those two events were and I didn't have much time in between to rest. They were both really competitive events and I'm happy with the way things turned out and it was the highlight of my high school career.
"I feel very blessed to have an opportunity to go to UNLV and I'm looking forward to being a part of their swim team. I feel very proud of what I've accomplished in my Lebanon High School swim career and I've enjoyed competing with my teammates."
The Crescent Valley girls had a strong effort in Saturday's finals and took second in team scoring with 65 points. The Raiders quartet of Lindsey Soule, Sarah Cordier, Keina Watkins and Paula Lomonaco took second in the 200 medley relay (1:50.13). Cordier, a junior also swam to fourth place in the 200 IM (2:13.54).
"I'm really proud of the girls and we had a good performance, with the girls having some pretty good swims," coach Rex Watkins. "Lindsey did a great job in winning three state titles, and Chloe did a great job in the 500 free. We're pretty happy with the performance of our relays, Sarah swam well in the IM and we've really had pretty good finals today."
Soule was a three-time state champ as she combined with teammates Watkins, Bowman and Lomanaco in helping lead the Raiders to the first place gold medal in the 400 free relay (3:36.45). Soule captured two individual championships by winning the 100 back in a school record time of 56.06. Soule also won the 500 free in a 5A record time of 4:54.37. It was a one, two Raider finish as Bowman took second at 5:09.66.
"If feels amazing to be a three-time champion," Soule said. "We made a change in our lineup in the 400. We knew that Bend was going to be tough, so we had to come out and have a strong effort. It was definitely my goal to win two state titles, just like I did last year and I also had it in the back of my mind about a record in the 500, so that was nice to get. This is definitely the best day ever of my high school swimming career and it's a great way to conclude it."
The Corvallis boys had a strong effort by their boys team which notched a third-place team finish with 37 points, just behind Lebanon at 42.
"Things went really well and I was really happy that Dylan won the 100 back," coach Judy Storie said. "I'm very proud of all the kids and they all did a great job."
The highlight for Corvallis was the performance by Dylan Dhakhwa, who won the boys 100 back with a time of 54.30 seconds. It marked the first title ever for Dhakhwa, who is competing in his first season of swimming.