TILLAMOOK — Lincoln County swimmers took part in the annual Tillamook Invite at the Tillamook Co. Family YMCA on Saturday, Dec. 7, and brought home some top finishes and strong performances.
Nine different teams, including schools from Lincoln County (Newport, Toledo and Taft) took part in 22 events all morning and afternoon last Saturday. Events ranged from single-swimmer races like the 400-meter freestyle, to team-based races including the girls 200-yard medley relay and the boys 400-yard freestyle relay.
On the boys side, there was a total of 1,290 points earned. Scappoose Swim Team took first with a total of 300 points, Taft took second with 243 points, Seaside came in third with 169 points, Astoria was fourth with 145 and Newport rounded out the top five with 138.
Toledo finished with 24 points.
For the girls competition, 1,266 points were scored. The Scappoose Swim Team finished first with 249, Newport finished second with 195 and Taft narrowly came in third with a final point tally of 182.
Toledo finished with 77 total points.
The Taft Tigers were one of the teams that really shined last weekend in Tillamook. Swim head coach Lissa Parker and her swimmers showed what’s to come in the near future.
“Several swimmers were at their first meet overall, or had not swam for a few years,” Parker said.
But that didn't stop the Tigers from doing their jobs in the pool.
All the three boys A-relay teams got second and the girls 400-free relay got second, as well. Sam Cortes won both his events and Samantha Halferty won the breaststroke.
Napy E Meyer took third in the 100-yard backstroke, and Taft took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Angel Moreno, Dylan Barrera, Cortes and Mugen Evenson were part of that second-place team.
Chyanna Blackburn was a particular highlight for the visiting Newport Cubs as she took first place in the girls 200-yard freestyle with a final time of 2:17.15. Blackburn continued her strong day with a first-place finish in the girls 500-yard freestyle.
Blackburn, Lauren Bobo-Shisler, Kaydance Redwine and Ana Kaldy also won first place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Bobo-Shisler also took second in the 100-yard backstroke and was a part of the girls 200-yard freestyle relay team that took first. Kaldy, Janice Chen and Taylor Kinner were the other members of that winning relay team.
Kaldy added a second-place finish in the girls 100-yard butterfly.
On the boys side, there were many Cubs that took home not only first-place ribbons, but also personal accomplishments.
Luke Bachart was one to watch for Newport.
Bachart took first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and he was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that took third place along with Josh Malloy, Toshio Toguchi and Tristan Scarborough.
Toguchi and Scarborough also took second and third respectively in the boys 200-yard IM, while Toguchi added a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, and Scarborough adding a top finish in the 500-yard freestyle.
For the Toledo Boomers, both boys and girls were well represented.
Cache Jones took third in the boys 200-yard freestyle, Isabell Jones took eighth in the girls 50-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle, Mariah Frederick finished eighth girls 200-yard freestyle and the Boomer’s girls relay team finished seventh in the 200-yard medley relay.
Also, Janella Fleser finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke.