Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, January 19, 2018, Page PAGE A12, Image 12

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McNary sophomore Alyssa Garvey, left, fi nished second in the 100 free in 1:00.84 and second in the 100 breastroke in 1:15.88 on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Kroc Center. McNary junior Harrison Vaughn
won the 500 free in 5:17.94 and took second in the 50 free in 24.29.
McNary swimmers set PRs against South
Of the Keizertimes
McNary wasn’t able to de-
feat South Salem on Thursday,
Jan. 11 at the Kroc Center.
But the tough competition
did bring out the best from
some of the Celtics.
Freshman Bella Beard swam
a personal record in both the
200 and 500 free, winning
both events in 2:08.60 and
“During warmups, I felt
pretty strong,” Beard said. “I
felt like I was going to do
good. I didn’t expect to get
best times in everything be-
cause I just dropped last meet.”
Beard defeated Maya Mer-
rill, a teammate at Mid-Valley
Aquatics, in the 500.
“It was kind of iffy if I was
going to win because I’ve nev-
er seen her swim the 500 be-
fore,” Beard said. “It was fun
to race against her though.”
Beard had less than 10 min-
utes between the 500 free and
swimming the second leg of
the 200 free relay. With her
twin sister Alex, Alyssa Gar-
vey and Haley Debban, the
Lady Celts fi nished second in
1:50.04, less than a second shy
of a PR.
“I was super tired but I still
swam as fast as I could,” Beard
said. “I think I could have
gone faster if I had more rest
in between those but I think
it was still a good time con-
sidering that I didn’t get rest
before it.”
Alex, Bella, Debban and
Emily Alger opened the meet
by winning the 200 medley
relay in 2:02.93.
Alex then won the 200
individual medley in 2:26.10
and took second in the 100
backstroke in 1:08.72.
Garvey fi nished second
with a PR of 1:15.88 in the
100 breaststroke.
“She’s been off that event
with some injury stuff,” said
McNary head coach Casey
Lewin of Garvey. “We put
her in it because she was feel-
ing better. She’s really coming
along in that.”
Garvey also took second in
the 100 free in 1:00.84.
South Salem’s girls out-
scored McNary 105-65.
Harrison Vaughn and Kyle
Hooper led the McNary boys.
Hooper swam two PRs,
winning the 200 IM in
2:12.06 and placing third in
the 100 free in 53.70.
“I haven’t been able to
break 55 (seconds) for a re-
ally long time,” Hooper said.
“And for the past three meets,
I’ve got best times in the 100
free. The continuous competi-
tion has made it easier to get
the PRs, just keeping up with
them, knowing that they are
faster than me.”
Vaughn won the 500 free
in 5:17.94 and fi nished second
in the 50 free in 24.29.
Grant Biondi took second
in the 200 free in 2:02.58.
Vaughn, Hooper, Biondi
and Jabez Rhoades fi nished
second in the 200 free relay in
“We were kind of dragging
today,” Lewin said. “Every-
body is kind of wearing down.
We had a lot of best times. I
was hoping we would do a
little bit better. We have a bye
next week so that’s nice to
have a little break.”
The Celtics return to the
Kroc Center pool on Jan. 25
against West Albany at 4:30
p.m. McNary’s fi nal dual is on
Jan. 30 against North Salem at
2 p.m.
The district meet is Feb.
9-10 at the McMinnville
puzzle answers
Aquatic Center.
“I would love to win dual
meets. It’s great but the bot-
tom line is I want to be ready
to go for districts,” Lewin said.
“That’s our big end game.”
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