By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Shallow ranks in the McKay High School swimming team led to Celtic domination in the pool Thursday, Jan. 9.
The boys and girls varsity teams won every race in the dual meet despite Head Coach Kim Phillips using the opportunity tomix things up with swimmers participating in races outside their normal fortes.
“They’re working hard and tackling whatever race they’re given,” Phillips said.
McNary freshman Pearl Prinslow won two individual races for the girls and was part of two winning relays teams at the meet.
“She had a great individual medley and she’s our second-fastest 100 breatstroker. I’m not sure where she’s going to go come district, but she’s doing a great job anywhere she’s put,” Phillips said.
The girls 200 yard medley relay was won by Zoe Arnsmeier, Prinslow, Anjelica Glassey and Amanda Dees in 2:19.31; Jewel Boyd won the 200 free in 2:21.54; Prinslow won the 200 yard IM in 2:42.79; Samantha Williams won the 50 free in 30.32; Josie Ellis won the 100 free in 1:05.86; Kiana Briones won the 500 free in 6:32.72; Briones, Emily Biondi, Mikaela Benson and Prinslow won the 200 free relay in 2:02.66; Monica Howard won the 100 backstroke in 1:14.11; Prinslow won the 100 breast in 1:22.55; and Williams, Brittney Kiser, Mikaela Benson and Boyd won the 400 free relay in 4:33.35.
Phillips entered Abby McCoy into the 100 backstroke and the Lady Celt came up with a second-place finish in her first attempt at the race. Howard, who took a year off from the sport in 2013, swam a two-second personal best in the same contest for the win.
For the boys, Collin Bedingfield, Jared Kelson. Colton Vickers and James Kelson won the 200 medley relay in 2:09.89; Perry Groves won the 200 free in 2:09.49; Sloane Yerger won the 200 IM in 2:20.98; Evan Alger won the 50 free in 26.04; Yerger won the 100 butterfly in 1:03.15; Vickers won the 100 free in 59.18; James Kelson won the 500 free in 6:14.95; Tanner Hughes, Alex Sharabarin, Alfonso Pacheco, and Evan Alger won the 200 free relay in 1.57.63; Bedingfield won the 100 backstroke in 1:09.42; Hughes won the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.37; Alger, Marcos Goodman, James Kelson and Hughes won the 400 free relay in 4:07.15.
Phillips had high praise for Vickers, a senior who swam the 100 and 50 free races.
“He is swimming really well this year and his times in both races were personal records,” she said.
James Kelson’s time in the 500 was a 10-second personal best.