Girls break high school record again , boys just miss it
During their last meet before District Championships, the foursome of Michelle Young , Tia Berg , Katie Stewart and Courteney Satko broke their own just established Sisters High School record (4:12.00) in the 400 yds freestyle relay for the second time in one week. The girls swam a perfect race with Courteney Satko anchoring with the fastest split (58.4). The combined time of 4:07.14 was 1.5 seconds faster than runner-up Sweet Home and faster than the 5th fastest time at last year's State Championships.
Young , Berg , Stewart and Satko also won the 200 yd medley relay in a surprisingly tight race against Sweet Home's "A" relay, separating both teams by a mere hundredth of a second.
The third first place relay for the Outlaws was the 200 yds freestyle relay again with Young (27.7), Berg (30.1), Stewart (28.3) and Satko (27.4) for a combined 1:53.5.
Courteney Satko added an individual first place finish in the 50 yds freestyle and Katie Stewart followed suit in the 500 yds freestyle.
Michelle Young finished second in the 100 yds butterfly. Two third place finishes by Hillary Johnson in the 100 yds freestyle and Tia Berg in the 100 yds breaststroke added valuable points for the Outlaws.
District competition is scheduled for February 12 and 13 at the Albany Community Pool on 2150 36th Avenue SE in Albany.
BOYS MISS NEW SISTERS HIGH SCHOOL RECORD
In the last meet before District Championships, the Sisters Outlaws (72 pts) and the Stayton Eagles (11 pts) were dominated in every individual and relay event during the three-way meet in Sweet Home (202) on January 29.
However, the Outlaw boys had their opportunities to shatter some records but came up short. In the 400 yds freestyle relay, the squad with Tyler Baldessari, Justin Duvenick, Tyler Berg and Holden Sellentin swam personal records in each of their segments. Their combined time of 3:42.82 was the second fastest time of the day but suffered adisqualification for an early take-off. Last year at State Championships, a time of 3:42.82 would have been good for 10th place.
The Outlaw boys fared better in the 200 yds medley relay with Tyler Baldessari (backstroke 29.9), Nick Luz (breaststroke 33.8), Justin Duvenick (butterfly 29.3) and Holden Sellentin (freestyle 23.9). Their time of 1:56.9 earned them a second place behind Sweet Home. 1:56 was also the tenth fastest time at State Championships last year.
The 200 yds medley "B" team (2:08.5) with Flanders, Standen, Sampson and Miller were 5th and the "C" team with Berg, Urquart, Lasken and Valdez were 6th in a time of 2:10.7.
The 200 yds freestyle relay turned out to be another heart breaker for the Outlaws. Baldessari, Miller, Duvenick and Sellentin finished behind Sweet Home "A" and Sweet Home "B" with a well below average time of 1:48.00. For a shot at State Championships in this event, the Outlaws will have todrop 1.5 seconds a swimmer and come close to a 1:42.00.
Individually, Holden Sellentin (200 freestyle 2:09.3), Tyler Berg (500 freestyle 6:02.7), Seth Flanders (100 freestyle 1:01.0) and Billy Sampson (100 breaststroke 1:21.1) were top finisher s for the Outlaws with third places in their specific events. Tyler Berg, Justin Duvenick and Jonathan Standen added points for the team with their 4th places in the 50 yds freestyle, 500 yds freestyle and 100 yds breaststroke respectively.
"We hope to swim our best at District Championships to earn a wild card to State with a boys' team this year", coach Hedemark commented.