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Frisbee’s big day leads St. Mary’s at state meet

Crusaders senior wins 100 and 200 freestyle, 200 free relay as St. Mary’s places third in 4A/3A/2A/1A

St. Mary’s senior Asa Frisbee looked at his qualifying time for the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A swimming state championships in the boys 200-yard freestyle and knew that there was plenty of room for improvement.

He proved that — and then some.

Frisbee’s first swim of the day proved to be a record-setting one, as he broke the 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet record in the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 4.71 seconds Saturday evening at the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Beaverton. He swept his two individual events, winning the 100 free in 46.34 seconds and then added a third title as part of the Crusaders’ 200-yard freestyle relay team.

“It all goes back to training and having that mental focus,” said Frisbee, who finished second in the 200 free as a sophomore in 2020. “I knew I wanted to come into this meet trying to win both of my individual (races) and hopefully my relays, so I think it was just about being mentally prepared for it.

“It means a lot. It just means all the hard work I’ve been putting in, it shows. I work hard in practice and to be able to have that kind of outcome, it feels good to be on top.”

Frisbee — who was named the boys athlete of the meet during the final awards ceremony — wasn’t aware that he had broken the 200 free record until his best friend and fellow record-breaker at the Class 5A level, Crater senior Marcus Reyes-Gentry, informed him of it when he was cooling down.

The 4A/3A/2A/1A meet record of 1:42.11 was previously held by North Bend’s Kevin Waller, who set the mark in 2011.

Thanks to his two individual wins and a first- and fourth-place finish in the two freestyle relays, the St. Mary’s boys were able to finish in third place in the team standings with 36 points.

Catlin Gabel won the boys team title with 53 points, with Newport (39) in second and Madras (27) fourth.

In the 200 free, Frisbee was part of a three-swimmer group that touched the wall within one-tenth of a second of each other after the first 50 yards. He was then second behind Catlin Gabel’s Akira Van de Groenendaal at the midway split, but Frisbee was able to open up a lead of a quarter of a second by the time he hit the final 50.

He swam his final split in 25.87 to beat Van de Groenendaal by just under one second.

Frisbee nearly led wire-to-wire in the 100 free, hitting the 50-yard split in 46.34 seconds, a full second ahead of North Valley’s Carson Washburn. It was all about finishing strong from there, with Frisbee’s final time 1.13 seconds ahead of Washburn, who was the boys champion in the 50 free.

“I felt really good going into it,” said Frisbee of his swim in the 100 free. “I just knew going into it that I wanted to go all out.”

“This is the outcome that I wanted and that my coaches and my teammates wanted,” he continued. “I shouldn’t expect anything less because I’ve been putting in all of this work. I’m just so grateful that they’ve been behind me through all of this.”

Frisbee swam the opening leg of the 200 free relay, hitting the wall at 21.59 seconds to give the Crusaders the early lead. Fellow senior Max Medley swam the second leg, followed by freshman Lucas Impert and senior Caleb Bingham.

St. Mary’s never gave up the lead once Frisbee got the Crusaders in front, finishing in 1:35.53.

With Frisbee as the anchor leg, the Crusaders swam the 400 free relay in 3:31.10.

“Three of us are seniors, so it’s our last year, our last high school meet,” said Frisbee. “I was telling the boys, the other seniors, that it’s our last 200 relay, so give it all you got and finish off the year strong. I know it means a lot to them.”

Bingham grabbed a pair of podium spots with sixth-place finishes in the boys 200-yard individual medley (2:17.76) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.01).

Cascade Christian senior Joezie Mitchell, one of the Challengers’ two individual competitors Saturday, finished fourth in the girls 200 I.M. (2:17.41) and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:12.04). Cascade’s Maile Scaglione nearly made the podium in the girls 100 free after recording a time of 59.56, finishing .79 seconds behind Fiona Rayne of Catlin Gabel in sixth. Scaglione also finished eighth in the 50 free.

The St. Mary’s 200 freestyle relay team — which faced both Cascade Christian and Phoenix in Heat 1 — finished fifth (1:51.16) while the Pirates were able to come in for a sixth-place finish with a time of 1:52.95, nearly six seconds faster than their qualifying time.

Sweet Home won the girls team title with 87 points, with Catlin Gabel (66) second, Newport (25) third and Henley (18) fourth.

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sophomore Dylan Wittenberg, North Medford’s lone representative in Beaverton, finished less than two-tenths of a second out of a podium spot in the boys 200-yard freestyle.

Wittenberg finished seventh at 1:45.71, an eyelash behind Lakeridge’s Aaron Tran (1:45.56).

The Grants Pass boys’ 200-yard medley relay team finished fifth with a time of 1:40.18.

Individually for the Cavers, Jacob Pirosko’s time of 52.50 seconds in the 100 butterfly — which was identical to his qualifying time at the Southwest Conference district finals earlier this month — was good enough for sixth place.

Lake Oswego won the boys team title with 97.5 points. Jesuit (72), Lakeridge (71) and Sunset (59) rounded out the top four. Grants Pass finished 11th with 19 points.

Westview was the runaway winner for the girls team title in equally as dominant fashion with 94 points. Lake Oswego (74.5) and Jesuit (54) finished second and third, respectively, while Lincoln and Sunset shared fourth place after each team finished with 49 points.

Reach reporter Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or dpenza@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.

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