Boys 2nd, Girls 4th at district swim meets

The Philomath High School boys swim team placed second Friday in the 4A District 3 Championships at Sweet Home. The Warriors did not win any events for automatic berths in next week’s state meet but the team should have athletes who qualify as results from other districts come in and at-large spots are filled out.

The girls followed on Saturday in the same pool and the Warriors placed fourth as a team. Again, no event winners but Philomath should qualify swimmers for state through the at-large process.

In the boys’ meet on Friday, Philomath had two second-place finishes in relays. The 200-yard medley relay with senior Eli McLennan, sophomore Kellen Houchin, sophomore Carrson Hirte and senior Caleb Matthews came in with a 1:54.90, which was 3.53 seconds behind the winning team from Marist Catholic.

The Warriors’ 200 freestyle relay with McLennan, Houchin, Matthews and Hirte placed second in 1:44.16, which was 2.26 seconds behind Marist.

In the individual events, Hirte had two third-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (25.46) and the 100 freestyle (56.38). McLennan placed third in the 100 backstroke (1:03.42) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.75). Houchin was third in the 100 butterfly (1:12.66) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.89). And Matthews placed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.74).

In the team race, Marist Catholic easily took first place with 308 points and Philomath beat out Stayton for runner-up honors. The Warriors had 154 points to Stayton’s 128. Ten schools competed in the meet.

For the girls, two swimmers had third-place finishes with senior Audrey Davis in the 500 freestyle and senior Melia Morton in the 100 breaststroke. Davis shattered her personal-record in the long-distance event with a time of 6:10.68. Morton touched with a time of 1:17.05 in the 100 breaststroke. Morton also placed fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:38.16.

Philomath had two fourth-place finishes in the relays. Davis, sophomore Grace Bennett, senior Ruth Cropp and Morton had a 2:06.21 in the 200 freestyle. In the 400 freestyle, sophomore Emma Holden, freshman Madison Juhl, junior Kaeleigh Houchin and junior Ophelia Katsikis swam a 5:11.95.

PHS coach Daniel Mikula said it could be a couple of days before the full list of state qualifiers is announced — perhaps on Sunday or Monday. The state meet, which will include Class 4A only (not 1A, 2A and 3A as would happen in an OSAA-sponsored meet), is scheduled for June 26 at Cottage Grove.


4A District 3 Championships
BOYS
Friday, June 18, at Sweet Home HS
Team Scoring
1, Marist Catholic 308; 2, Philomath 154; 3, Stayton 128; 4, Salem Academy 123; 5, Sweet Home 118; 6, Blanchet Catholic 116; 7, North Marion 80; 8, Cascade 53; 9, Kennedy 32; 10, Junction City 10.
Winners & PHS Results
200 Medley Relay
1. Marist Catholic (Kyler Lajoie, Hudson Jarvis, Jackson Anderson, Ryan Watts), 1:51.37
2. Philomath (Eli McLennan, Kellen Houchin, Carrson Hirte, Caleb Matthews), 1:54.90
200 Freestyle
1. Tanner Fixsen, Stayton, 1:52.88
200 Individual Medley
1. Clifford Hegney, Blanchet Catholic, 2:34.48
50 Freestyle
1. Parker Dirkx, Stayton, 24.22
3. Carrson Hirte, Philomath, 25.46
4. Eli McLennan, Philomath, 25.75
11. Caleb Matthews, Philomath, 27.03
14. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 28.02
100 Butterfly
1. Cameron Miller, Kennedy, 58.66
3. Kellen Houchin, Philomath, 1:12.66
6. Braedon Littrell, Philomath, 1:21.99
100 Freestyle
1. Trent McQuaid, Marist Catholic, 53.10
3. Carrson Hirte, Philomath, 56.38
500 Freestyle
1. Tanner Fixsen, Stayton, 5:08.61
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Marist Catholic (Jackson Anderson, Sami Hussein, Nick Elliott, Trent McQuaid), 1:41.90
2. Philomath (Eli McLennan, Kellen Houchin, Caleb Matthews, Carrson Hirte), 1:44.16
100 Backstroke
1. Cameron Miller, Kennedy, 59.43
3. Eli McLennan, Philomath, 1:03.42
11. Braedon Littrell, Philomath, 1:25.05
100 Breaststroke
1. Clifford Hegney, Blanchet Catholic, 1:12.99
3. Caleb Matthews, Philomath, 1:16.74
4. Kellen Houchin, Philomath, 1:18.89
7. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 1:21.94
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Marist Catholic (Kyler Lajoie, Jackson Anderson, Ryan Watts, Trent McQuaid), 3:44.04
GIRLS
Saturday, June 19, at Sweet Home HS
Team Scoring
1, Sweet Home 297; 2, Stayton 203; 3, Blanchet Catholic 174; 4, Philomath 143; 5, Salem Academy 127; 6, Marist Catholic 68; 7, North Marion 55; 8, Cascade 47; 9, Kennedy 24; 10, Junction City 18.
Winners & PHS Results
200 Medley Relay
1. Sweet Home (Chloe Tyler, Malia Hewitt, Maren Weld, Meagan Baham), 2:00.44
5. Philomath (Ophelia Katsikis, Audrey Davis, Melia Morton, Ruth Cropp), 2:22.27
200 Freestyle
1. Chloe Tyler, Sweet Home, 1:57.92
6. Audrey Davis, Philomath, 2:25.24
8. Emma Holden, Philomath, 2:37.27
11. Ruth Cropp, Philomath, 3:06.17
200 Individual Medley
1. Malia Hewitt, Sweet Home, 2:17.44
4. Melia Morton, Philomath, 2:38.16
8. Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 3:19.84
9. Katherine Holden, Philomath, 3:30.73
50 Freestyle
1. Jamie Seward, Sweet Home, 25.96
15. Grace Bennett, Philomath, 34.57
17. Madison Juhl, Philomath, 34.85
19. Ophelia Katsikis, Philomath, 35.94
100 Butterfly
1. Raquel Druery, Salem Academy, 1:07.74
8. Katherine Holden, Philomath, 1:34.76
100 Freestyle
1. Kayla Greenwood, Blanchet Catholic, 1:00.07
11. Grace Bennett, Philomath, 1:19.85
12. Ruth Cropp, Philomath, 1:19.87
14. Madison Juhl, Philomath, 1:21.05
22. Isabella Monstwillo, Philomath, 1:33.02
500 Freestyle
1. Kylie Mannix, Stayton, 5:38.84
3. Audrey Davis, Philomath, 6:10.68
7. Emma Holden, Philomath, 7:20.46
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Sweet Home (Chloe Tyler, Meagan Baham, Isabel Sayer, Jamie Seward), 1:48.06
4. Philomath (Audrey Davis, Grace Bennett, Ruth Cropp, Melia Morton), 2:06.21
100 Backstroke
1. Chloe Tyler, Sweet Home, 58.78
10. Ophelia Katsikis, Philomath, 1:25.66
12. Phoebe Coen, Philomath, 1:45.89
100 Breaststroke
1. Malia Hewitt, Sweet Home, 1:08.20
3. Melia Morton, Philomath, 1:17.05
14. Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 1:33.99
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Stayton (Kylie Mannix, Ashley Rea, Caitlyn Martinak, Avery Mannix), 4:02.84
4. Philomath (Emma Holden, Madison Juhl, Kaeleigh Houchin, Ophelia Katsikis), 5:11.95

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