Philomath High School senior Carrson Hirte’s goal of breaking the school record in the 100-yard backstroke materialized on Thursday afternoon in a home dual with a time of 57.00.
All eyes at Clemens Community Pool were on Hirte in the race — which was a race only against the clock with no opposing swimmers. The previous record holder was Patrick Williamson, who swam the event in 58.55 in 2014.
Hirte also won the 100 freestyle in his other individual event with a time of 52.62. The school record in that event is 48.99 seconds, which Mike Dill set in 1999.
Junior Marshall Morrison swam alone in the 200 freestyle (2:35.94) and 500 freestyle (7:11.16). In the 500, his performance was 11 seconds off last season’s district time. In the 200 individual medley, freshman Cameron McLennan had a time of 2:55.32 against no other entries.
The boys swam unchallenged in all three relays. The 200 medley included Hirte, junior Henry Katsikis, senior Kellen Houchin and McLennan (2:00.19), the 200 freestyle featured freshman Evan Hernandez, Morrison, McLennan and Houchin (2:02.41) and the 400 freestyle was Hernandez, Katsikis, Morrison and Hirte (4:31.09).
Kennedy’s Cameron Miller won two events — the 100 butterfly (57.78) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.88).
Philomath racked up 102 points to Kennedy’s 21 in the team standings.
Three schools sent swimmers to the girls’ portion of the meet. For Philomath, senior Allison Neelands took first place in the 100 freestyle by 4.28 seconds over the runner-up from North Marion with a time of 1:06.06. She also swam the 200 individual medley and had a time of 2:50.68 against no competition.
Senior Katherine Holden took first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:32.25, which was 2.59 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Holden was the lone entry in the 100 butterfly and came in with a time of 1:35.66.
One of the most exciting races of the day occurred in the 500 freestyle with Kennedy’s Nora Brenden hanging on to beat Philomath sophomore Kyah Weeber by 1.56 seconds. Brenden touched in 6:44.13 with Weeber at 6:45.69.
In the relays, Philomath won the 200 medley with Katherine Holden, sophomore Hanna McDaniel, Weeber and Neelands by nearly 10 seconds over the runner-up with a time of 2:25.59. The Warriors swam the 400 freestyle alone and finished in 4:54.22 with senior Emma Holden, Weeber, Neelands and junior Madison Juhl.
Kennedy’s Brenden had two individual wins with first in the 200 freestyle (2:28.84) in addition to the 500 freestyle.
The Warriors took first in the team standings with 101 points followed by North Marion’s 56 and Kennedy’s 32.
Philomath now takes a break from competition until Jan. 10 when the Warriors host another small meet at Clemens pool.