Celtic swimmers dive back in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A new, larger Greater Valley Conference shook up the high school swimming scene last year. For evidence, look no further than McNary High School senior Anjelica Glassey. “It’s different with all the new teams. I went from getting fourth in backstroke at district in my sophomore year to finishing 11th as a junior,” Glassey said, one of the Celts’ backstroke specialists. As the Celtics prepare to dive in for another season, they’ll have to contend again with a larger pool of talent. Fortunately, McNary will also be fielding a slightly larger roster than last season. “Turnout has been good this year. We have more than 50 this year, up from 45 last year. We have a pretty young squad and pretty evenly split between guys and girls,” said Casey Lewin, McNary head coach. “They’re also super-motivated. They’re excited about practice every day and they work hard.” On the girls team, McNary’s returns sophomore Marissa Kuch who placed fifth in the 100 freestyle at the state competition last season. She was McNary’s top finisher in the sport, but two relay teams that included Kuch and returner Sara Eckert also made it to the state races. “I’m really excited to see how our relays come together. We’ve got a few more club swimmers than we’ve had in the past, and I think the relay...

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