Six in a row for Mac boys
“A lot goes into that,” McMinnville coach Jason Hafner said of the boys winning six championships in a row. “It’s everybody. It’s all that working together.”
The Grizzlies qualified three individual swimmers and four relay teams for the state championships, which start Friday at Mt. Hood Community College.
Jacob Porter and Tristan Versteeg both qualified. Versteeg won the 100-yard fly and the 100-backstroke Saturday. Porter finished first in the 200 freestyle and was second in the 100 fly to Versteeg. Graham Shaw won the 50 free to qualify as well.
Mac’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams always qualified for state. The Grizzlies were first in both. Versteeg, Porter, Shaw and Owen Binkerd made up both teams.
For the girls, Saturday ended with no indication on whether any of its relay teams had qualified. Hafner said they didn’t finish in the top two to qualify, but he thought the times might be fast enough to be included as wild card entries.
He was right. Mac’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams both made the state draws. Erika Sato, Molli Hartzell, Carlisle Topping and Rebekah Wood will all be going to state this weekend to compete.
Hafner said he wasn’t disappointed with the girls team not repeating as district champions.
“Being as close as we were was a testament to how well the girls swam,” Hafner said. “They made up a lot of ground on Tualatin. I’m happy for them.
“We’re young. Next year we’ll have quite a few (qualifiers) in there.”