Taft Last Chance swim meet recap

The Taft Tigers swim team had a strong showing at the Taft Last Chance swim meet, finishing third in the girls division and second in the boys. (Photo by Lon French)

LINCOLN CITY — The league swimming season is reaching its end, but the athletes in the pool continue to show out for their respective schools. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Blanchet Catholic, Newport, Taft and Toledo took part in the Taft Last Chance Meet at the community pool in Lincoln City. 

In 22 events, Blanchet Catholic won the girls division with a total of 326 points. Newport finished in second with 312, Taft came in third with 304 and Toledo came in fourth with 114. 

On the boys side, the Cubs came in first with 384 points, followed by Taft with 365 and Blanchet Catholic 146. The Aquaboomers finished with 120 points. 

 

Newport: 

The Cubs overall finished second for the girls and first for the boys. 

Newport had more than 20 top-three finishes, including a clean sweep at the top in the boys 50 SC meter freestyle. Caden Shanks (26.17), Luke Bachart (26.40) and Tristan Scarborough (28.72) took home a total of 41 points alone from that event. 

Newport’s Sam Laurel also placed fourth in that race with a time of 30.52.

Lauren Bobo-Shisler (28.43) and Ana Kaldy (32.91) also placed first and third in the girls 50 SC meter freestyle. 

Bobo-Shisler (1:15.36) won first place in the 100 SC meter butterfly, while her teammate Taylor Kinner (1:47.95) finished second. 

The girls also won the 200 SC meter freestyle relay with a time of 2:07.18, winning 32 total points for the Cubs. 

Bobo-Shisler, Kaldy, Chyanna Blackburn and Lorelei Bretz all took part in the first-place relay team. 

 

Taft: 

Like fellow Lincoln County school Newport, the Taft Tigers placed well at the Taft Last Chance Meet on Tuesday. 

The girls finished third with 304 points, and the boys finished second with 365. 

On the boys side, a strong 400 SC meter freestyle relay finish helped power the team to a time of 4:09.56.

Dylan Barrera, Jose Segura, Sam Cortes and Mugen Evenson each had a part, earning 32 points for the Tigers. 

Cortes also won the 100 SC meter backstroke with a time of 1:07.40, six seconds faster than the second-place swimmer, Toshio Toguchi, of Newport, who finished the race at 1:13.86. 

Freshman Evenson took first place in the 400 SC meter freestyle with a time of 5:10.23, once again narrowly defeating Newport Cub Josh Malloy (5:11.27) by little more than a second. 

Napy Meyer (1:29.24) and Lesley Lagunes (1:40.45) earned second and third-place finishes in the 100 SC meter butterfly, earning 25 points, while Sammy Halferty finished first in the 200 SC meter individual medley with a time of 3:04.92. 

 

Toledo: 

For the Aquaboomers, two fourth place finishes don’t do the swimmers justice. Despite having a smaller team, Toledo made waves in the pool. 

Leading the girls team, which scored 114 points, was a combination of Janella Fleser, who took fourth in the 100 SC meter breaststroke with a time of 1:36.78, and Isabelle Jones, who won second place in the 400 SC meter freestyle with a time of 5:59.56. 

For the boys, Cache Jones (1:06.93) and Caleb Fourier (1:07.64) earned fourth and fifth place times in the boys 100 SC meter freestyle, just behind Stephen Boys and Shanks from Newport. 

Jones also took first place in the 200 SC meter freestyle with a time of (2:25.91). Jones earned 16 points for his team. 

 

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