MCMINNVILLE — West Albany High’s Bailey Dickerson broke two records during Friday’s preliminaries of the Greater Valley Conference swimming championships.
Dickerson qualified first in the girls 50-yard freestyle (25.05 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (58.64) at McMinnville Aquatic Center.
The sophomore’s 50 free mark surpassed Kaylie Carter’s school record of 25.11. Dickerson also set a new GVC record in the 100 back, breaking Molli Hartzell’s time of 58.87 from last year.
Teammates Eve Vetter (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Zane Van Horsen (200 and 500 free), Tess Irwin (200 IM), Emily Harding (100 free) and Taylor Kelley (100 and 200 free) also advanced for Saturday’s finals. The winner of each event and relay automatically qualify for the 6A state championships, held next Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
West coach Babette Romancier was thrilled with her team’s performance.
“When you’re looking at 90 percent or higher best times, you can’t argue with that,” the coach said. “It just got better and better as the meet went on. So it’s exciting, and the kids that weren’t getting best times were the kids that it felt like were waiting for it tomorrow.”
On the boys side, Kieran Van Horsen (200 IM, 100 free), Braxton Reece (100 fly) and Eric Formiller (100 back) all cruised into the finals. Sam Montgomery and Zack Romancier also sneaked into the 100 free finals.
CORVALLIS — Lebanon’s Casey McEuen and South Albany’s Zack Gardiner won two preliminaries apiece at the Mid-Willamette Conference championships, hosted by Crescent Valley at Osborn Aquatic Center.
McEuen, a junior, placed first in the 50 free and 100 free while Gardner, a senior, won the 100 backstroke and 200 IM.
South’s Nathaniel Young (100 breaststroke) and Lebanon’s Drew Charley (100 fly) also took first in their prelims.
In the girls meet, South senior Jessica Robinson won the 100 backstroke.
Each individual and relay winner in Saturday’s finals automatically qualifies for next week’s 5A state championships.
Sweet Home won 18 of 22 events during Friday’s Special District 3 championships at Albany Community Pool.
The finals will be held Saturday with the winner of each individual event and relay automatically qualifying for next week’s state championships.
Lucie Davis, Lauren Yon, Megan Hager and Jessica Coats each won two individual events while teaming up to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Rawlins Lupoli and Nathan Hager each won two individual races as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Rowland Lupoli and Brandon Vasfaret also won individual events in the preliminaries.