Alex Fox cruises through the water in a butterfly relay at the district preview meet Thursday, Dec. 5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Alex Fox cruises through the water in a butterfly relay at the district preview meet Thursday, Dec. 5. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity swimming teams won three races at the annual preview meet, but a slew of second place finishes bodes well for the upcoming season.

It was the girls team that found itself in winning positions throughout the afternoon. In the meet, every race is a relay to accommodate as many swimmers as possible.

“We did well at being a team. We spent a lot of time trying to be together as a team within the meet. I know on one of my relays we had one of the freshman girls and we spent a lot of time working on being excited,” said McNary senior Megan Paul.

The Lady Celts varsity team of Josie Ellis, Pearl Prinslow, Abby McCoy and Emily Biondi won the 200 breaststroke relay in 2:34.73. Kiana Briones, Morgan Kuch, Samantha Williams and McCoy won the 4×100 medley relay in 5:14.04. In the 200 backstroke relay, Megan Paul, Prinslow, Emily Dolph and Zoe Arnsmeier came up with the top time of 2:27.57.

As a senior, Paul said she was focused on helping develop relationships with the younger swimmers and easing them into the season and beyond.

“I want to connect with them, but I also want to make sure they connect with each other so they’ll have that after I’m gone,” she said.

Second place finishes from the varsity girls included Brittney Kiser, Rebecca Amerino, Anjelica Glassey and Korie Chapin in 2:29.48; Monica Howard, Glassey, Williams and Briones in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:10.71; and Glassey, Ellis, Briones and McCoy in the 400 medley relay.

“We have a lot of people who are good all around, but we can probably improve our starts,” Prinslow said.

The boys varsity team notched a trio of second place finishes. In the 200 medley relay, Alex Fox, Tanner Hughes, Perry Groves and Eli Purser finished in 1:52.28. Groves, Tanner Flores, Eva Alger and Eli Purser took second in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:46.58. In the 400 free, Parker Dean, James Kelson, Evan Alger and Jared Kelson finished in 4:23.01.

In a coed 200 free relay, Jewel Boyd, Ellis, Miller Baumann and Purser took second in 1:55.44.

McNary’s junior varsity teams put out second-place times in four races. In the JV girls 400 free, Prinslow, Chapin Mikaela Benson and Biondi finished in 4:35.74. Marco Goodman, Davis McHugh, Dane VanDyck and Alger took second in the 400 free with a time of 4:40.16. Jared and James Kelson, Colton Vickers, Alex Sharabarin took finished second in the JV 200 medley with a time of 2:22.05. In the boys JV 200 backstroke, Marcus Bracamonte, Jonah Bracken, Bisael Gonzalez-Trejo and Kyle McQueen-Blagg finished in 2:51.22.

“We did pretty well as a whole, and came and did what we needed to do. We haven’t swam any individual races yet so it’s hard to judge where we’re at there, but I think we’ll be right up there in the top teams in the district,” Vickers said.