Mac boys finish sixth at state meet
Junior Tristan Versteeg finished third in the 100-yard fly in 50.97 seconds, which was McMinnville’s highest individual finish. Versteeg was first in the consolation finals of the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 52.38 seconds. The finish was seventh overall in the finals and also set a McMinnville school record.
Junior Jacob Porter followed his teammate to the podium, finishing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard fly. Porter was fourth in the 200 free in 1:43.48. He was fifth in the 100 fly in 51.09.
Graham Shaw also scored points for the Grizzlies, who finished with 87 team points. Shaw snuck into the consolation finals with a 12th-place finish in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle. He finished fourth in the finals, going 22.79 to score three points for Mac.
The McMinnville boys 200-yard freestyle relay team of Shaw, Versteeg, Porter and Owen Binkerd finished fourth in the championship finals in 1:28.13. The boys 400-yard freestyle relay team finished — also with Shaw, Versteeg, Porter and Binkerd — finished fourth in 3:17.14.
The McMinnville girls 200 freestyle relay team was third in the consolation finals in 1:44.36. The girls 400 relay team made the consolation finals but was disqualified because of a swimmer leaving too early on an exchange.
“It was a good all-around meet for the boys and girls,” McMinnville coach Jason Hafner said.
It was hard for Hafner to find negatives from the state meet. Porter swam eight times over the two days, and each time he swam he turned in a lifetime-best.
“He came back after day one and went faster in all of the finals,” Hafner said. “You can’t ask for much more than that. That’s not easy to do. That doesn’t happen very often.”
Versteeg also had a successful two days. He bagged his original plan to shave Thursday, opting to shave Saturday morning, and it paid off. He set the school record in the 100 backstroke and swam four lifetime bests in his four races.
“We definitely knew he was going to swim faster Saturday,” Hafner said. “He came ready to swim.”
Shaw’s only goal was to make the state meet, and once there, Hafner gave him the goal to earn a second swim. Shaw did that with his 12th-place finish in the prelims of the 50 free.
“He wanted to move up,” Hafner said. “He did a great job and then anchored the relay.”
The boys relay teams dropped two seconds in the 200 free and four seconds in the 400 free, Hafner said, from their times at districts. Every swimmer dropped time on their splits, including Binkerd.
“I’m really happy with Owen,” Hafner said. “First year at state for him. He swam under a lot of pressure and did great.”
The Grizzlies scored eight points in the girls team scoring, finishing in 22nd place. Hafner challenged his two relay teams to try and qualify for a second swim Saturday, and they both did. The Grizzlies went faster in the 200 free before being disqualified in the consolation finals of the 400 free.
“Getting that second swim was really important for them,” Hafner said. “We have some young ones, and getting them to swim in that atmosphere and pressure is big. Getting them another day at that meet to see what it’s like is going to help them next year. They did exactly what I was hoping they were going to do.”
Notes: Jesuit won the girls meet with 152 points. Newberg was fourth with 100 points. … Sunset won the boys meet for the third consecutive year. This year, the Apollos scored a state-record 260 points.