Kyah Weeber
PHS freshman Kyah Weeber placed second in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

In a quadrangular on Friday at Sweet Home Community Pool, the Philomath High girls and boys swim teams both had second-place finishes behind the host school. Individually, junior Carrson Hirte won the 50-yard freestyle.

In the girls’ portion of the meet, freshman Kyah Weeber had two top-four finishes with second in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Weeber’s times were 2:43.48 in the 200 IM and 1:25.07 in the 100 breaststroke.

Junior Allison Neelands had a third-place finish in a very competitive 50-yard freestyle. Swimming against 20 other entrants, Neelands touched the wall in 29.56 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second out of second place.

Other individual highlights for the girls included sophomore Madison Juhl’s fourth in the 100 freestyle in 1:12.42) and senior Ophelia Katsikis’s fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:24.94. 

Philomath’s top relay finish came in the 200 medley with Katsikis, Weeber, junior Katherine Holden and Neelands. The foursome covered the distance in 2:25.85.

Sweet Home took the girls’ title with 89 points with Philomath second at 62. Cascade finished third and Kennedy was fourth.

Carrson Hirte (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Hirte’s winning performance in the 50 freestyle featured a time of 25.43 — more than 1 second faster than the runner-up from Sweet Home. Twelve swimmers competed in the event.

The 100 breaststroke proved to be one of the most thrilling races of the meet with three swimmers finishing within 1 second of one another. Cascade’s Arlen Kuenzi won in 1:14.62 just ahead of Hirte’s 1:14.80. PHS junior Kellen Houchin was a close third at 1:15.58.

Other individual highlights included junior Micah Matthews taking third in the 100 individual medley in 2:39.96 and sophomore Henry Katsikis placing fourth among 11 swimmers in the 100 freestyle in 1:05.95.

In the relays, Philomath had runner-up finishes in all three. Hirte, Katsikis, Houchin and senior Braedon Littrell swam 2:01.10 in the 200 medley to finish 2.27 seconds behind winner Cascade. The 200 freestyle of Littrell, Houchin, Matthews and Hirte touched in 1:48.62. And in the 400 freestyle, Matthews, freshman Emmitt Gaskey, sophomore Marshall Morrison and Katsikis had a time of 4:44.62.

Sweet Home won the meet with 89 points. Philomath edged Cascade by one point for second and Kennedy was fourth.

The Philomath High swim teams are scheduled to make a home appearance at Clemens Community Pool at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Newport.


Sweet Home Quad
Friday, Jan. 21, at Sweet Home Community Pool, Sweet Home

BOYS

Team Scoring
1, Sweet Home 89; 2, Philomath 66; 3, Cascade 65; 4, Kennedy 20.

Winners & PHS Results

200 Medley Relay
1. Cascade (Gehley, Kuenzi, Pederson, Bitikofer), 1:58.83
2. Philomath (Hirte, Katsikis, Houchin, Littrell), 2:01.10
200 Freestyle
1. RJ Abbott, Sweet Home, 2:16.68
200 Individual Medley
1. Ryan Pederson, Cascade, 2:27.87
3. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 2:39.86
50 Freestyle
1. Carrson Hirte, Philomath, 25.43
4. Braedon Littrell, Philomath, 28.69
5. Henry Katsikis, Philomath, 30.44
7. Emmitt Gaskey, Philomath, 33.25
100 Butterfly
1. Cameron Miller, Kennedy, 56.91
3. Kellen Houchin, Philomath, 1:11.23
100 Freestyle
1. Micah Wright, Sweet Home, 1:01.41
4. Henry Katsikis, Philomath, 1:05.95
8. Marshall Morrison, Philomath, 1:12.55
500 Freestyle
1. Boden Sayer, Sweet Home, 8:26.23
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Sweet Home (Wright, Arthur, Hawken, Abbott), 1:43.82
2. Philomath (Littrell, Houchin, Matthews, Hirte), 1:48.62
100 Backstroke
1. Cameron Miller, Kennedy, 1:02.73
5. Braedon Littrell, Philomath, 1:23.79
7. Marshall Morrison, Philomath, 1:29.05
8. Emmitt Gaskey, Philomath, 1:31.47
100 Breaststroke
1. Arlen Kuenzi, Cascade, 1:14.62
2. Carrson Hirte, Philomath, 1:14.80
3. Kellen Houchin, Philomath, 1:15.58
5. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 1:19.63
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Sweet Home (Wright, Arthur, Hawken, Abbott), 3:59.96
2. Philomath (Matthews, Gaskey, Morrison, Katsikis), 4:44.62

GIRLS

Team Scoring
1, Sweet Home 89; 2, Philomath 62; 3, Cascade 40; 4, Kennedy 16.

Winners & PHS Results

200 Medley Relay
1. Sweet Home (Tyler, R. Markell, P. Markell, Brookefield), 2:07.59
3. Philomath (Katsikis, Weeber, K. Holden, Neelands), 2:25.85
4. Philomath B (E. Holden, Houchin, Mahoney, Boutilier), 2:33.22
200 Freestyle
1. Malia Hewitt, Sweet Home, 2:04.35
5. Allison Neelands, Philomath, 2:35.24
7. Emma Holden, Philomath, 2:45.77
8. Abilyn Mahoney, Philomath, 2:56.97
200 Individual Medley
1. Brylee Sylverson, Cascade, 2:27.44
2. Kyah Weeber, Philomath, 2:43.48
50 Freestyle
1. Chloe Tyler, Sweet Home, 25.27
3. Allison Neelands, Philomath, 29.56
5. Madison Juhl, Philomath, 32.07
6. Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 32.96
7. Ophelia Katsikis, Philomath, 33.10
9. Kateri Pindell, Philomath, 33.97
10. Emery Boutilier, Philomath, 34.19
16. Natalee Barton, Philomath, 41.74
20. Marliese Navarrete, Philomath, 1:05.52
100 Butterfly
1. Chloe Tyler, Sweet Home, 59.97
4. Katherine Holden, Philomath, 1:35.39
100 Freestyle
1. Jamie Seward, Sweet Home, 57.90
4. Madison Juhl, Philomath, 1:12.42
5. Abilyn Mahoney, Philomath, 1:17.42
500 Freestyle
1. Isabel Sayer, Sweet Home, 5:57.14
4. Emma Holden, Philomath, 7:18.16
200 Freestyle Relay
1. Sweet Home (Seward, Sautel, Abbott, Hewitt), 1:51.69
4. Philomath (E. Holden, Houchin, Juhl, Neelands), 2:07.63
7. Philomath B (K. Holden, Navarrete, Barton, Pindell), 2:57.24
100 Backstroke
1. Jamie Seward, Sweet Home, 1:03.15
4. Ophelia Katsikis, Philomath, 1:24.94
5. Katherine Holden, Philomath, 1:35.94
6. Kateri Pindell, Philomath, 1:46.14
100 Breaststroke
1. Kirsten Sautel, Sweet Home, 1:13.90
4. Kyah Weeber, Philomath, 1:25.07
7. Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 1:32.57
8. Emery Boutilier, Philomath, 1:32.64
400 Freestyle Relay
1. Sweet Home (Tyler, Hewitt, Seward, Sautel), 3:51.94
3. Philomath (Pindell, Mahoney, Juhl, Weeber), 5:07.00