In his final Mid-Willamette Conference district swim meet, Lebanon High senior Casey McEuen put on yet another show for the fans.
McEuen won two individual titles — in record-setting fashion — and helped lead two relays to wins at Osborn Aquatic Center on Saturday.
But it was Corvallis that unseated the Warriors as team champions, ending Lebanon’s two-year run on top.
Corvallis finished with 416 points while Lebanon (347) was third, finishing four points behind Silverton (351). Crescent Valley (305) was fourth and South Albany (208) fifth.
The individual and relay winners automatically advance to next weekend’s 5A state meet at Mt. Hood Community College. Others may advance on time.
Saturday was the culmination of hard work and a desire from the start of the season to win a district title.
“It’s pretty special,” Corvallis junior Dylan Dhakhwa said “… Just getting to where we are right now is a big reward.”
Added senior Bryce Atha: “We’ve had such an incredible season. Just coming here putting in all that we’ve got, I think that it was a deserved win.”
The Spartans got the meet started off with a bang as Nic Ashland, Atha, Dhakhwa and Sawyer Olsen set a district meet record in the 200 medley relay.
The Spartans edged Silverton for the title, finishing in 1 minute, 42.12 seconds. Silverton swam a 1:42.45. The old record was set by West Albany (1:42.71) in 2014.
It was the type of start the Spartans were looking for.
“It was a huge push,” Atha said. “I, myself, always believe that the first race can determine how the rest of the meet is going to go. Again, we put all that we had into that first race and I think that really slingshoted us into all that we did (Saturday).”
However, it wasn’t until the Spartans took the podium to receive their medals that they learned of the record.
“When I walked up and they said district record, I was like ‘oh wow,’” Dhakhwa said. “That’s pretty cool to be part of that.”
Dhakwa battled teammate Dani Valdes, taking the lead in the final 50 yards to win the 200 freestyle in 1:47.10. He later won the 100 backstroke in 54.26.
Olsen won the 100 free in 50.37, edging Central’s Daniel Glae (50.55).
Liam Leeming took home first in the 500 free, finishing in 5:06.19.
McEuen started the afternoon by breaking his own record in the 50 free, clocking a record 20.66. He set the record last year in 20.97.
When he looked up and saw the mark, he splashed his hands wildly in the pool to celebrate.
“It’s nice to get a best time right before state, McEuen said. “Hopefully, I can come back and see what I can do at state.”
McEuen admitted there was some added pressure to set the record again. He didn’t feel all that confident because he said he hadn’t come close to that time this season.
If that wasn’t enough, McEuen dominated the 100 butterfly to set a meet record in 50.74. The old record of 52.13 was set by Corvallis’ Trevor Gourley in 2015.
McEuen said he just recently began swimming the event. Last year he won the 50 and 100 free races at state and wanted to give another event a try.
In addition to the individual titles, McEuen helped anchor the Warriors’ winning 200 free relay.
He teamed with Jonathan Yordy, Drew Charley and Dane Torgerson to win the 200 free relay in 1:30.45, just off the meet record of 1:29.80.
McEuen also anchored the 400 free relay that consisted of Charley, Yordy and Hunter Franco and finished in 3:19.64.
Yordy won the 200 IM after entering the finals seeded fourth. He said he had been sick recently and just wanted to get into the finals.
“(Friday) night I just visualized that I was going to win,” Yordy said after finishing in 2:04.67. “Then I just got in there and I just went for it.”
Yordy also placed second in the 500 free.