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Phoenix's Heath posts fast time at district meet

NORTH BEND — Phoenix senior Kayla Heath posted the fastest time in one event and the second best in another during the preliminaries at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A District 4 swimming championships at North Bend Municipal pool Friday.

The top six in each event advanced to the finals, which will be today. Winners today and those who meet qualifying times move on to state Feb. 19-21 at Mount Hood Community College. Other state spots will be filled next week through wild cards, based on district results from around the state.

Heath won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.87 seconds and finished second in the 100 backstroke (1:04.36). Heath is the defending district champion in the back.

The Phoenix girls 400 freestyle relay finished second. The team has Heath, Nicole Knutson, Dana Fong and Tessa Lockett. The Pirate girls 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, each with the same swimmers as the 400 free relay, advanced to the finals with a fourth place in each event.

Other Pirate girls advancing into the finals were sophomore Marie Kempf (50 free), Lockett (100 butterfly), Knutson (100 free).

Phoenix boys in the finals are Ben Ward and Gresham Prehn in the 200 free, Graham Thirkill and Nick Parks in the 100 fly, Prehn and Ryan Knutson in the 500 free and freshman Killian Johnson in the 100 back.

Hidden Valley junior Matthew Pepitone finished second in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast, and Mustang sophomore Chloe Wilson was second fastest in the 100 free and third best in the 100 back.

District 4 Preliminary Results

(Listed are Phoenix, Hidden Valley and North Valley swimmers with a top six time)

BOYS

TEAMS — Cottage Grove, Henley, Hidden Valley, North Bend, North Valley, Pacific, Phoenix, Reedsport.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 3, Hidden Valley, 1:56.77; 5, Phoenix, 2:18.85; 200 FREESTYLE — 5, Ben Ward, Pho, 2:10.43; 6, Gresham Prehn, Pho, 2:10.47; 200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY — 1, Matthew Pepitone, HV, 2:12.48; 50 FREESTYLE — 3, Chase Kearney, HV, 23.85; 100 BUTTERFLY — 5, Graham Thirkill, Pho, 1:15.07; 6, Nick Parks, Pho, 1:17.72; 100 FREESTYLE — 3, Chase Kearney, HV, 55.45; 500 FREESTYLE — 5, Graham Prehn, Pho, 5:59.54; 6, Ryan Knutson, Pho, 6:50.97; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 3, Hidden Valley, 1:41.52; 4, Phoenix, 1:44.80; 100 BACKSTROKE — 5, Killian Johnson, Pho, 1:16.81; 100 BREASTSTROKE — 2, Matthew Pepitone, HV, 1:08.68; 6, Noah Baker, NV, 1:13.41; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 4, Phoenix, 4:07.97

GIRLS

TEAMS — Cottage Grove, Henley, Hidden Valley, North Bend, North Valley, Reedsport, Siuslaw.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 4, Phoenix, 2:17.33; 5, North Valley, 2:32.14; 200 FREESTYLE — 3, Jenny LaRue, HV, 2:13.21; 5, April Sears, NV, 2:24.16; 50 FREESTYLE — 1, Kayla Heath, Pho, 25.51; 6, Marie Kempf, Pho, 29.50; 100 BUTTERFLY — 3, Jenny La Rue, HV, 1:10.25; 4, Tessa Lockett, Pho, 1:15.39; 100 FREESTYLE — 2, Chloe Wilson, HV, 1:00.96; 5, Nicole Knutson, Pho, 1:06.15; 6, Nicole Thomas, NV, 1:06.17; 200 FREESTYLE RELAY — 4, Phoenix, 1:56.05; 5, North Valley, 2:04.88; 100 BACKSTROKE — 2, Kayla Heath, Pho, 1:05.82; 3, Chloe Wilson, HV, 1:08.96; 400 FREESTYLE RELAY — 2, Phoenix, 4:19.62.