Newport swim team finishes sixth at CAT Short Course Open


NEWPORT — Swimmers from the Newport Swim Team took part in the Cat Short Course Open in Corvallis Jan. 3-5, earning sixth place with a total of 1,115 points.

Out of 19 teams, NST finished just outside the top five after racing 21 different swimmers, while the host team Corvallis Aquatic Team finished first in the combined scores.

Ten-year-old Jahan Eibner and 13-year-old Layla Bretz led the way for NST ,as Eibner was high-point winner for his age group, while Bretz nearly matched his efforts.

“He set a team record in the 9-10 boys 500 freestyle and recorded five first-place finishes out of five races,” NST head coach John Wray said. “Clyde Bretz recorded two team records in the 13-14 girls 100 butterfly and the 200 backstroke, while winning four events out of her six swims.”

Out of 82 total races, there were 52 personal records set and 13 new times by NST swimmers. 

Twenty-one swimmers recorded either personal-bests times or new times in events never participated in before. In total, NST collected 16 first place ribbons.

Second-place finishes

Gigi Howard (9-10 girls) 200 freestyle, Gwynn Postlewait 50 backstroke, Ben Hurty 100 backstroke and Layla 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Third-place finishes

11-12 Boys 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay, Bretz 50 backstroke, Sam Postlewait (13-14 boys ) 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle, Claire Hurty (13-14 girls) 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle, Howard 200 individual medley and Hurty in the 200 breaststroke.

Other swimmers who took part and who had outstanding races included: Jade Downing, Alexa Zarkou, Paisely Zarkou, Sam Smith, Serna Sides, Ruby Perucci, Ana Kaldy, Isaac Johnson, Olivia Greenawald, Santiago Flores-Castellanos, Jay Eibner and Trey Calvin-Plourde.

Pacific All-Stars Meet

NST’s Lucy Reinhart took part in the two-day event in Hillsboro as part of the Oregon All-Star team that competed against competition from California and Washington.

Oregon took fourth place out of the four teams, while Reinhart swam in four relays and had six individual swims. She recorded personal best times in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 and 100 breastroke.


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