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Oxendine, Phillips primed for today's 3A swim finals

GRESHAM -- Phoenix High's Michael Oxendine and North Valley's Kyle Phillips contend for state swimming titles today after turning the top times in Friday's preliminaries of the Class 3A championships.

Oxendine, a freshman, remained in the top-seeded position on in the 200-yard individual medley event with a time of 2:03.63. He also had the third best time in the 100 butterfly at 58.12 seconds.

He wanted to qualify to be in the three middle lanes, said Phoenix coach Jim Heath. Once he had that, he kind of cruised in that race. He's in good shape.

Phillips, a senior, had the top preliminary time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.52 and in the 100 freestyle in 50.19. The Phoenix 200 medley boys relay team moved from the No. 5 seed to No. — in the preliminaries with a time of 52.95. Swimming for the Pirates were Peter Thornhill, Masaaki Nakahara, Brandon Martin and Oxendine.

The Pirates' 400 freestyle relay team finished third in 3:36.13. Swimmers on the team were Ryan Gold, Peter Sparks, Martin and Oxendine.

Phoenix sophomore Kristen Heath qualified for the finals in the girls 500 freestyle with a time of 5:44.53.

Hidden Valley's Anthony Pepitone turned in the fourth fastest time in the 200 freestyle with a 1:59.68. He also had the sixth best time (1:05.57) in the 100 breaststroke. Jamie Brown of Hidden Valley had the sixth best mark in the girls 50 freestyle with a time of 26.58.