By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
McNary High School sophomore Marissa Kuch was named the Greater Valley Conference Female Swimmer of the Year at the district tournament Feb. 12 and 13.
Kuch set new conference records in the 100 and 200 freestyle races at the meet and is the only Celt headed to the state tournament.
Kuch won the district title in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.84 and the 100 freestyle district title with a time of 52.11.
Overall, the Lady Celts finished fifth in the GVC with 234 points. The Celtic boys finished seventh with 138 points. South Salem High School won the girls district title. McMinnville High School’s boys dominated in the male events.
Other notable finishes for McNary were: Lizzie Bryant, Kiana Briones, Sarah Eckert and Kuch, fifth in the girls 200 medley relay; Isaiah Holt, Harrison Vaughn, Jake Wyer and Evan Alger, seventh in the boys 200 medley relay; Briones, ninth in the girls 200 free; Kylie McCarty, eighth in the girls 200 individual medley and 10th in the 100 freestyle; Haley Debban, 10th in the girls 50 free; Eckert, third in the girls 100 butterfly; Vaughn, eighth in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the boys 500 free; Eckert, Samantha Williams, Debban and Kuch, fourth in the 200 free relay; Alger, Parker Dean, Georgio Corrieri and Wyer, seventh in the boys 200 free relay; Bryant, fourth in the girls 100 backstroke; Anjelica Glassey, 10th in the girls 100 backstroke; Abby McCoy, Hannah Corpe, Debban and McCarty, fifth in the girls 400 freestyle relay; and Brock Wyer, Dean, Grant Biondi and Corrieri, sixth in the boys 400 free relay.