Boys swim to dazzling year-end finale

Among the boys powering the Newport High School team are, left to right, Tristan Scarborough, Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza, Luke Bachart, and Kolby Spink. All four swam at the State Championship last year, where they finished in first (Ellingson-Cosenza), fourth (Bachart), seventh (Scarborough), and 11th (Spink). Ellingson-Cosenza’s state winning time also set a new NHS record for this event. (Photo courtesy Franz Cosenza)

The Newport H.S. swim team completed its varsity season schedule at a Sweet Home meet with another dominating performance by the boys, whose 169 points more than doubled second-place Marist’s 59.

The girls team finished fourth with 47 points at the Jan. 25 finale.  

In individual events, Coach Angie Sremba was impressed with the strong effort, praising Tristan Scarborough and Kolby Spink for sizeable time drops in the 200 and 500 free events, with Spink eclipsing his previous personal record by over 7 seconds.

Coach Sremba remarked, “I was impressed with their ability to race despite being tired and sore from the hard practices.”  

The sweat paid off in the 50 and 100 free, where Brennen Wood continued to shave time and Cole Braxling and Kai Daniels showed new speed.  Freshman Sam Laurel and James Lackey, and junior Josh Malloy showed strong potential for the District meet next week.

On the girls’ side, Chyanna Blackburn won the 100 breast and Lauren Bobo-Shisler won the 50 and 100 free.  Madisen Kinner dropped 5 seconds from her previous PR in her 500 free and finished fifth. The girls team faced some tough competition but raced well.

 As the Cubs wrapped up the regular season, Head Coach Sremba cited the progress made during the season and the sunny prospects for upcoming District and State Championship meets.  

“For the 2018-2019 season, we chose to challenge ourselves and enter new, highly-competitive meets against top 4A and 5A programs to help us get stronger as a team,” Coach Sremba noted, saying the team exceeded her expectations. 

The boys are the defending 4A State champions and first place finishers in their district for the last seven consecutive years. This year, they finished first in eight out of nine meets by large winning margins.

 The Cubs varsity teams will now prepare for district championship meet at their home pool at the Newport Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.

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