Freshman three seconds from new school record

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Neither the boys nor girls varsity swimming teams managed a win over the South Salem High School Saxons Thursday, Dec. 18, but one young Lady Celt nearly set a new school record. Freshman Marissa Kuch hit 1:59.67 in the 200 freestyle, just three seconds more than Celtic record of 1:56.59. On Dec. 10, Kuch swam the race in 1:53.70 in the Speedo Winter Junior Championship. Kuch’s time in the event at the Junior Championship put her among the top 150 swimmers in the nation for her age, 15. Kuch won the event at the South Salem meet by more than 16 seconds (she was the only race winner for either Celtic team at the varsity level), but the girls fell to the Saxons 95-74. The girls fared better than the boys who lost 132-37 against a deep South Salem roster. “The biggest thing is keeping our legs going. We get good swims and we’re finishing strong, but our legs are fading,” said Casey Lewin, McNary head coach. Junior Kiana Briones said that the team performed well even without a lot of race winners. “We had all of our swimmers for the first time this season and we have good depth when everyone is here,” Briones said. In addition to the 200 free, Kuch also won the varsity freestyle in 1:00.63. Second place...

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