5A Swimming State Championship Preview Event By Event

On Friday, Class 5A will have their state meet at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton, being the first class to have the state championships before the other two have them on Saturday. Here is an event-by-event preview for the 5A state championships on Friday:

200 Yard Medley Relay: Led by a talented roster, Churchill comes into Friday with the best relay team in 5A, holding a 3.7 second advantage over Redmond and four seconds over Willamette at 1:52.20. Rounding out the Top 5 are Wilsonville and Crescent Valley, the final two teams that hold times under the two-minute mark. The Lancers should cruise to victory to open up the state meet.

Favorite: Churchill

200 Yard Freestyle: This will be a three-way shootout event as Lauren Larsen (Churchill), Gentry Hagedorn (Central), and Vivi Criscione (Crescent Valley) find themselves separated by less than a second in this event. With the fourth fastest being around four seconds behind the trio, this one will be a great race where anyone can win!

Favorite: Too Close To Call

200 Yard IM: As will be a theme in this meet, Churchill boasts the fastest athlete in this event as well, with Kylie Taylor being a full five seconds ahead of runner-up Taylor Hagedorn (Central). Lonny Stork (Dallas) and Molly Konop (Redmond) finish out the Top 4 in the event, but no surprises are expected, only another event win by a Lancer swimmer.

Favorite: Kylie Taylor, Churchill

50 Yard Freestyle: We could possibly see a 5A record set in this event, as Wilsonville’s Helena Jones enters state with a time of 23.44 seconds, well within striking distance of Kaila Lee’s 5A record of 23.26 from 2010. This is a much watch attempt to see if the junior can set a new 5A record in Beaverton. As for the rest of the field, Viola Teglassy (Crescent Valley) and Willow Messner (Redmond) will be in a sprint for the runner-up, finding themselves separated by a mere 0.23 seconds. Lydia DiGennaro (The Dalles) rounds out the Top 4 with her 25.59 time.

Favorite/Record Watch: Helena Jones, Wilsonville

100 Yard Butterfly: Two Central Oregon girls will be clashing in this one: Sarah Arpag (Hood River) and Willow Messner (Redmond) enter separated by 0.23 seconds at times of 58.24 and 58.48 seconds, billing this race to be a dead heat for the individual title. Silverton’s Catherine Hyde and Lauren Larsen round out the Top 4 in the event, with both sitting at a 1:00.39 and 1:01.13 respectively.

Favorite: Too Close To Call

100 Yard Freestyle: Not one, but two records could be shattered in this race on Friday, once again by Wilsonville’s Helena Jones. Her entry time of 51 seconds flat is already a 5A record and only a half second behind the state record, giving opportunity for her to break both of them with a career performance. In distant second, Gentry Hagedorn (Central) and Jossy St Clair (Willamette) will battle out for the runner-up at the 55 second mark, while Emma Titus (Hood River) and Malia Dhakhwa (Crescent Valley) will be neck-and-neck to round out the Top 4.

Favorite/Record Watch: Helena Jones, Wilsonville

500 Yard Freestyle: It’s going to be an all-Corvallis schools top three for the 500 Yard Freestyle, with Crescent Valley bringing the two fastest girls in the event to Beaverton in Vivi Criscione and Kaylee Dicey, while Corvallis brings freshman Malana Kollath to round out the party. Dallas’s Lonny Stork sits barely behind Kollath, potentially being a party crasher for the all-Corvallis schools finish.

Favorite: Vivi Criscione, Crescent Valley

200 Yard Medley Relay: This lineup consists of five freshman and a lone sophomore yet leads the state in the event: Redmond. Behind some very talented young women, the Panthers have a full second faster time entering state against Springfield’s more seasoned lineup. Willamette and Hood River will round out the Top 4 in the event, bringing plenty of representation from Lane County and the Intermountain Conference to the event.

Favorite: Redmond

100 Yard Backstroke: Churchill’s Kylie Taylor rules this event, holding a two second gap over Silverton’s Catherine Hyde in the second spot. For the third spot, Hood River’s Sarah Arpag holds a slight edge on paper, but Jossy St Clair (Willamette) and Jaclyn Young (South Albany) are in striking distance to steal the third position.

Favorite: Kylie Taylor, Churchill

100 Yard Breaststroke: Another Lancer is queen in the 100 Yard Breaststroke event, this time it is Kelsey Wasikowski. The junior holds a near three second advantage over Viola Teglassy (Crescent Valley) and four seconds over Molly Konop (Redmond). Ashland’s Mary Downs rounds out the Top 4 in the event, with the sizeable gaps between the swimmers making it likely that any shuffling will be minimal, if any at all in this one.

Favorite: Kelsey Wasikowski, Churchill

400 Yard Freestyle Relay: Who else would close out the meet with a win than the one who opened it with one? The Churchill Lancers will put icing on top of what will likely be a state title in Beaverton, holding a firm advantage over a likely Top 3 state finisher in Crescent Valley with a 3:46.72. Hood River and Central round out the Top 4 for the final event, but every 5A team will be trailing Churchill all the way to their state title.

Favorite: Churchill

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