Newport’s swimming depth shines through in relays

PHILOMATH — Thirteen teams competed in the three relay events at the Clemens Invitational in Philomath on Saturday, Jan. 6. Those races turned into a race for first and second between the Newport boys teams, while the rest of the field raced for third. “In these practice meets we just go our hardest because it dictates what we will do at state,” said Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza. “Because our coaches are getting our times and seeing who will be the fastest when it comes to districts and state. So it’s really important to give it your all in those relays.” The boys dominated the relays — in the 400-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relays the Cubs finished first and second and were separated by less than a second in the medley and less than two in the freestyle. The next closest team to finish was at least eight seconds slower than both of Newport’s team. The Newport boys and girls relay teams came away with three first-place finishes, two second-place and one third-place finish in the six total relays.

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