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Area swimmers don't make 4A swim finals

GRESHAM -- It was a quiet day for Rogue Valley competitors at the Class 4A state swimming meet at Mount Hood Community College.

Only three individual swimmers and one relay team from the Rogue Valley made the event and neither swam well enough in Friday's preliminaries to make Saturday's finals or consolation finals. The top six in each event make the finals and the next six the consolation finals.

Ashland's Adam Foley, who won the SOC 500-yard freestyle event, finished 17th in the state with a time of 5:12.20.

I didn't swim very well, he said. I knew that was about where I would place but I hoped to improve my time.

South Medford's Ashley Johnson finished 17th in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.49. Panthers teammate Leina Naversen was 17th in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.91.

South Medford's 200 medley relay team -- comprised of Johnson, Naversen, Ashley Stewart and Martina Patella -- finished 15th with a time of 1:59.46.

Although no one from the Rogue Valley made much noise, Roseburg made sure the SOC had a formidible presence.

The Indians placed fifth in the boys team competition with 66 points behind champion McMinnville (168), Sunset (165), Sheldon (165), Beaverton (84) and Lakeridge (77). Michael O'Neil had the strong showing for Roseburg, placing second in the 200 individual medley in 1:54.67 and third in the 100 butterfly in 51.42. Nathan Ratliff was fourth in the 100 butterfly in 51.61.

Roseburg's girls finished second in the team competition with 139 points, just five behind champion Sheldon. Kathryn Zacher led the way, finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:08.43) and third in the 100 butterfly (58.75). Teammate Suzanne Broda was fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.06) and fourth in the 100 freestyle (54.36). Paula Finlay was second in the 500 freestyle (5:04.59) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.53). Roseburg's Megan Crouch was fifth in the 100 backstroke (58.96). The Indians were second in the 200 medley relay (1:50.06) and third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:36.10).