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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Swimmers set new school records
By Rongi yost
Sisters took six swim-
mers to state, which was held
at Mt. Hood Community
College on Friday and
Saturday, February 19-20.
The girls finished seventh.
In prelims on Friday, the
girls established two new
school records, and set four
personal bests.
Mary Stewart came in
third in the 50-yard freestyle,
and qualified for finals the
next day. Stewart set a new
school record with a time of
24.93. Emily Christen took
seventh with a career-best of
25.74, and made first-alter-
nate for the finals.
In the 100-yard free-
style, Stewart finished sec-
ond and set a new school
record with a time of 54.21,
behind North Bend’s Alyssa
Bennett. Stewart, Brook
Knirk, Madelyn Zadow and
Christen took second in the
200-yard freestyle relay with
a time of 1:45.30, behind
Sweet Home, and qualified
for finals the following day.
In the 100-yard back-
stroke, Christen came in sev-
enth (first-alternate) with a
season-best time of 1:05.82.
Zadow took ninth with a time
of 1:09.25, also a career-
best. Originally, Christen
had been seeded 10th, and
Zadow had been seeded
The 400-yard freestyle
relay team (Stewart, Hawley
Harrer, Zadow and Christen)
squeezed into the finals with
a time of 3:57.27 and a sixth-
place finish.
Coach Brittany Morioka
said, “We had a great prelims
day. The girls did an amazing
Morioka told The Nugget
that everyone had tough races
in the finals on Saturday.
Stewart came out with
a time-add, and dropped
down to fourth in the 50-yard
“You can’t expect to
win every time, however,
it is tough emotionally at
that level, regardless,” said
Morioka. “The one thing we
really concentrated on was
Mary’s composure and the
example she set for other
swimmers. As Mary walked
up to the blocks for her 50,
everyone was rooting for
her. Other teams were yell-
ing, ‘Go Mary!’ The coaches
from our district stood next
to me and applauded her.
She is an example because
of her character, not her
performance, and we talked
about how important it was
for her to lose with grace
and to walk up to the podium
regardless of place, with a
smile on her face. She did an
awesome job.”
Mary took third in the
100-yard freestyle. Stewart
beat her time from the day
before by .01 for a time of
Stewart, Knirk, Zadow
and Christen were tired as
they headed into the 200-
yard freestyle relay. They’d
been battling sickness and
it was taking its toll on their
bodies. They finished fourth
with a time of 1:45.63.
Morioka told The Nugget
that the girls were exhausted
when it was time for the 400-
yard freestyle relay.
“We’d had a tough day
emotionally and physically,”
said Morioka. “We hadn’t
performed as well as we’d
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of Commerce annual meeting
and awards ceremony will be
held on March 6. This year’s
theme is “A Taste of Sisters,”
celebrating Sisters-area
The annual meeting and
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hoped. We stood in a circle
and I reminded them how
we swim our last swim in
every workout — with every
ounce of energy we have left
to put in. We talked about
how it would be Emily’s
last swim of her high school
career, and the last swim
of the season for everyone
else and to give every bit of
energy that they had left in
“We also chatted about
the next couple of weeks
and how they would get to
relax, and eat anything they
wanted. Mary’s eyes lit up
and she announced, ‘I’m
ordering a soda at dinner
tonight.’ Hawley responded
with, ‘I’m getting a milk-
shake,’ and Emily with, ‘I’m
getting two milkshakes!’ We
talked about the little things
they’d sacrificed along the
way for their sport.”
After that, the race was
underway. Mary swam the
fastest split ever at 54.36,
and Hawley followed with
her fastest split, 58.44.
Madelyn came next with a
time of 1:02.77, and Emily
finished with a career-best
of 56.57. The team took an
additional four seconds off
the school record with a time
of 3:51.51. Just two weeks
ago, this same relay was
swimming a 4:02.
“It was just amazing,”
said Morioka. “The girls
were ecstatic. Emily, through
tears, just kept repeat-
ing, ‘I’m so happy. I’m so
happy.’ They really finished
North Bend finished the
tournament in first place,
Sweet Home was second,
and La Grande was third.
Sisters finished seventh.
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