Celt Marcos Goodman cruises through the water in his leg of the medley relay in a meet earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Marcos Goodman cruises through the water in his leg of the medley relay in a meet earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School girls varsity swimming team had a narrow miss in its meet with Sprague High School Thursday, Jan. 15.

The Lady Celts posted relatively few winners in the 88-82 loss, but spread out enough talent in second and third placings to keep things close against a tough Oly team.

Freshman Marissa Kuch continued her dominance in the girls sprints. She took first in the 50 free with a time of 25.53 and the 100 free in 56.83. Fellow freshman Sara Eckert won the 500 free for the team with a time of 5:56.06. Junior Kiana Briones won the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.52.

On the other hand, the girls junior varsity team fared quite well as far as race wins. Ella Wells won the 100 free in 1:12.65; Chloe Lelack won the 100 butterfly in 1:26.29 and the 100 individual medley in 1:27.73; and senior Korie Chapin won the 100 breast in 1:47.63;

The boys varsity team had a tough go of it with Sprague. The Olys won the boys’ side of the meet 110-58.

The boys’ 58 points came from placing in a number of races rather than outright wins. Jared Kelson, Tanner Hughes, Evan Alger, Parker Dean, and Marcus Bracamonte all notched several points for their team.

In junior varsity races, freshman Matthew Albright won the 50 free in 29.00, and sophomore Alexey Sharabin won the 100 backstroke in 1:29.14.