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Ashland swimmers excel in four-way meet

ASHLAND — Despite not being at full strength, Ashland came out the big winner in a four-way dual swim meet Tuesday at Southern Oregon University.

The Grizzly boys were undefeated with wins against Crater, Phoenix and Klamath Union. In girls, Ashland defeated Crater and Klamath Union but lost to Phoenix.

"I'm very happy with our performance," said Ashland coach Steve Mitzel. "I was a little concerned because we were missing several of our top swimmers. The most promising thing was some of our younger swimmers stepped into those positions and did better than I expected."

The Phoenix boys picked up wins over Crater and Klamath Union, while the Comets downed the Pels.

In girls, Phoenix was unbeaten and the Crater's lone victory came against KU.

The Ashland boys were led by Jake Gavin and Luke Opgenorth. Gavin registered individual titles in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Opgenorth won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. Gavin and Opgenorth were part of the Grizzlies' winning 200 medley relay along with Alex Harris and Wynn Michael.

Kaylee Tracy (100 freestyle) and Brietta Powers (50 freestyle) accounted for Ashland's girls individual victories.

The Crater girls had a strong showing with victories from Anya Martinez (100 breast) and Nicole Pecheny (100 back). The Comet girls 200 medley relay (Martinez, Pecheny, Amber Parker and Kinsey Parker) and the 200 freestyle relay (Martinez, Pecheny, K. Parker and Teal Rice-Narusch) were also first.

Phoenix's Kayla Heath was the only girls double individual winner. The senior Heath won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — Ashland 140, Crater 69; Ashland 130, Klamath Union 74; Ashland 142, Phoenix 78; Crater 91, Klamath Union 80; Phoenix 106, Crater 85; Phoenix 94, Klamath Union 89.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Ashland (Harris, Gavin, Michael, Opgenorth), 2:00.72; 2, Crater, 2:01.81; 3, Klamath Union, 2:03.59.

200 FREESTYLE — 1, Warrington, KU, 1:56.13; 2, Michael, A, 2:14.78; 3, Grehn, P, 2:15.34.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1, Opgenorth, A, 2:21.06; 2, Heckert, C, 2:33.78; 3, Dassoff, KU, 2:34.40.

50 FREESTYLE — 1, Gavin, Ah, 26.19; 2, Torres, KU, 26.75; 3, Hernandez, P, 26.97.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1, Torres, KU, 1:13.91; 2, Michael, A, 1:14.63; 3, Plumlee, A, 114.72.

100 FREESTYLE — 1, Warrington, KU, 52.75; 2, Melbo, C, 56.78; 3, Gavin, A, 57.97.

500 FREESTYLE — 1, Opgenorth, A, 5:31.25; 2, Britsch, KU, 5:41.90; 3, Thirkill, P, 7:11.25.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Harris, Michael, Plumlee, Wu), 1:48.44; 2, Ashland, 1:59.28; 3, Phoenix, 2:06.90.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1, Melbo, C, 1:05.75; 2, Britsch, KU, 1:11.31; 3, Hibbs, P, 1:39.97.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1, Gavin, A, 1:15.06; 2, Dassoff, KU, 1:16.87; 3, Heckert, 1:16.91.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Klamath Union (Torres, Britsch, Dassoff, Warrington), 3:54.47; 2, Ashland, 4:09.91; 3, Phoenix, 4:40.84.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — Ashland 115, Crater 98; Ashland 133, Klamath Union 65; Phoenix 132, Ashland 117; Crater 127, Klamath Union 77; Phoenix 142, Crater 113; Phoenix 167, Klamath Union 77.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, Crater (Martinez, A. Parker, K. Parker, Pecheny), 2:14.08; 2, Ashland, 2:18.88; 3, Phoenix, 2:28.15.

200 FREESTYLE — 1, Mauser, KU, 2:25.25; 2, Knutson, P, 2:32.23; 3, Pool, A, 2:33.28.

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1, Heath, P, 2:27.69; 2, Tracy, A, 2:45.69; 3, Wood, KU, 2:01.90.

50 FREESTYLE — 1, Powers, A, 29.03; 2, A. Parker, C, 29.30; 3, Pool, A, 29.31.

100 BUTTERFLY — 1, Heath, P, 1:07.22; 2, Martinez, C, 1:09.84; 3, Kempf, P, 1:29.37.

100 FREESTYLE — 1, Tracy, A, 1:01.09; 2, Powers, A, 1:05.22; 3, Krevitz, A, 1:07.84.

500 FREESTYLE — 1, Mauser, KU, 6:36.66; 2, Knutson, P, 7:03.07; 3, Fong, P, 7:03.28.

200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Crater (Martinez, K. Parker, Pecheny, Rice-Narusch), 1:55.66; 2, Ashland, 2:01.00; 3, Phoenix, 2:04.28.

100 BACKSTROKE — 1, Pecheny, C, 1:15.97; 2, Haberman, A, 1:19.19; 3, Wood, KU, 1:20.75.

100 BREASTSTROKE — 1, Martinez, C, 1:16.45; 2, A. Parker, C, 1:27.71; 3, Watson, P, 1:31.18.

400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 1, Ashland (Shumway, Pool, Powers, Tracy), 4:23.40; 2, Phoenix, 4:35.00; 3, Crater, 4:53.03.