Event By Event 6A Swimming Championships Preview

Beaverton — In six days the best of Oregon will compete at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, a truly unique state championship that will feature no spectators, only the limited number of participants, volunteers, officials, and media throughout the facility. Here is a breakdown of the 6A field and who will be the girls to watch in each event:

200 Yard Medley Relay: There are some blazing fast teams in this category this season, led by Westview’s entry of 1:45.51 from the Metro League District Meet. Lake Oswego and Mountain View are dead even in the fight for second and third, both posting 1:48 times with tenths of a second differences between the teams. Rounding out the Top 6 are Jesuit and South Eugene with their 1:50 times, with the Crusaders having a time that edges them by one-thousandth of a second.

Favorite: Westview

200 Yard Freestyle: The Metro League dominates this category, boasting the three of the four fastest entries in this event by about five seconds at their slowest. Jesuit’s Sydney Wilson leads the pack with a 1:52.35, Grant’s Quinn Brown qualified with a 1:52.56, and Hannah Trainer and Alice Yueh’s 1:53 times from Sunset and Westview. Outside those contenders, Lake Oswego’s Olivia Andersen and Mountain View’s Lexi Williams come in as the next two fastest to round out the Top 7 with their 1:55 and 1:56 times at districts.

Favorite: Too Close To Call

200 Yard IM: Westview boasts Fay Lustria to lead this event, as the Wildcat leads the pack with a 2:01.20 time entering state this weekend. South Medford’s Ellie Carson sits runner-up with a 2:01.97, and South Eugene’s Sophia Selivanova sits third with a 2:04.54. Sitting in what seems like a distant Top 5 round-up, Lake Oswego’s Dylan Gustaff and Lincoln’s Katherine Adams put up times of 2:05.10 and 2:05.39 respectively at their district meets.

Favorite: Fay Lustria, Westview

50 Yard Freestyle: Welcome to the big time Caldera! Oregon’s newest high school is home to a blazing freshman in Kamryn Meskill, who currently leads the state with a 24.12 in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Mountain View’s Lexi Williams lurks at a 24.27, Westview’s Stephanie Lee sits at 24.37 to round out the Top 3. The rest of the Top 6 ranges from 24.40 to 24.52, providing plenty of excitement for the fastest event at the state championships!

Favorite: Kamryn Meskill, Caldera

100 Yard Butterfly: Westview’s Fay Lustria’s leads the state in the 100 Yard Butterfly at a 54.80. The Three Rivers League shape out the next three in Lake Oswego Freshman AnneMarie Vlaic, West Linn’s Maeve DeYoung, and Oregon City’s Michelle Vu, ranging between a 55.82 and a 56.96 in the event.

Favorite: Fay Lustria, Westview

100 Yard Freestyle: There’s Hannah Trainer and Hazel Derr, then there’s the rest of the field racing for third. Derr and Trainer lead with 52.04 and 52.06 in this event, almost a full second ahead of the next fastest Kamryn Meskill from Caldera and her 52.92. After that, it is a heat between Meskill and West Linn’s Anna Boyer for the third place spot.

Favorite: Too Close To Call

500 Yard Freestyle: No one is catching Jesuit’s Sydney Wilson or Grant’s Quinn Brown in this event, as they hold the only two sub-5:00 times in the most endurance event at the state championships. Endurance events can lead to interesting results, which will be present in the battle to round out the Top 4 between Alice Yeuh (Westview) and Ginger Kiefer (Summit) both of whom sit within the 5:07 mark in the event.

Favorite: Sydney Wilson, Jesuit

200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Will it be Bend or Sunset on top of the podium? The Lady Lava Bears have a relay team that put up a 1:40.27 at the Mountain Valley Conference district meet, but Sunset was only three-tenths of a second behind at the Metro League districts at a 1:40.57. Fellow Metro League contenders Jesuit and Westview sit in the Top 4.

Favorite: Too Close To Call

100 Yard Backstroke: Jefferson’s Hazel Derr sits as the fastest in Oregon with a sub-55 second time. After her, champion Anna Rauchholz (St. Mary’s Academy) sits firmly in the runner-up spot, Maeve DeYoung (West Linn), Quinn Katayama-Bell (Westview), Mia Saenger (South Eugene), and Julie Schwam (David Douglas) will be in a sprint for the third place positioning in this race, all finding themselves in the 56 second time range entering state.

Favorite: Hazel Derr, Jefferson

100 Yard Breaststroke: Two swimmers smash the state in this race: Kinley Wigle from Mountain View and Lincoln’s Katherine Adams put up 1:03.06 and 1:03.54 at districts, finding themselves near a sub-1:03 in the event. Jesuit’s Alaina Pitton, Bend duo Melia Costa and Grace Benson, and Lincoln’s Katherine Adams will be rounding out the Top 5 in this race, all while Wigle sits at the finish line waiting for them.

Favorite: Kinley Wigle, Mountain View

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: In the final event at state, the Westview Wildcats lead the pack with their 3:31.32 at Metro districts, sitting almost four seconds ahead of Lake Oswego’s 3:35.11. After them, Mountain View and Jesuit will round out the Top 4 positions in the event, with no one else making a case to reach those spots in the event.

Favorite: Westview

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