By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
SALEM—Before McNary senior Grant Biondi’s final high school meet at the Kroc Center, head coach Casey Lewin asked him to pick two events he didn’t normally swim.
Biondi chose the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly.
That decision paid off as Biondi won the 200 IM in 2:24.75 and 100 fly in 1:06.70 on Tuesday, Jan. 30 against North Salem.
Biondi, who hadn’t swam the 200 IM since he was a sophomore, set a personal record in the event by nearly five seconds.
“It was kind of emotional because this is my last meet,” Biondi said.
“It was fun to cheer on all my best friends.”
Biondi was also motivated to make sure he had a spot on the Celtics district relay teams.
“Our coach made us swim hard this meet because there are a bunch of guys who are like tenths of a second apart,” Biondi said. “For our relays, we have to swim out fastest.”
Biondi, Wyatt Sherwood, Jabez Rhoades and Harrison Vaughn won the 200 free relay in 1:40.14. Biondi, Collin Wentworth, Jack O’Connor and Kyle Hooper won the 400 free relay in 3:50.50
Vaughn, Rhoades, Sherwood and Brock Wyer took first in the 200 medley relay in 2:01.53.
“We had a handful of third and fourth varsity spots that were up in the air, especially on the relays,” Lewin said. “I have six or seven guys for four spots that really any given day anyone of the guys can step up. I’ve got some work ahead of me. I’m very pleased.”
McNary’s boys easily defeated North Salem as a team, 129-32.
Hooper won the 100 free in 53.36 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.31. Vaughn took first in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.91. Wyer had the fastest time in the 200 free, finishing in 2:22. Rhoades won the 50 free in 25.99. O’Connor touched the wall first in the 500 free in 6:28.14.
Biondi wasn’t the only McNary swimmer to compete in different events.
Hannah Corpe swam the girls 500 free for the first time, easily winning the event in 6:28.18.
“With that time, she might be doing that at the district meet and she knows that,” Lewin said. “She wasn’t being paced. It was just kind of on feel and she had more in the tank.”
The Lady Celts outscored North Salem as a team, 104-63.
McNary won two relays as Alex Beard, Bella Beard, Emily Alger and Haley Debban opened the meet by winning in the 200 medley relay in 2:05.33. Alex, Bella, Debban and Alyssa Garvey then won the 200 free relay in 1:51.03.
Alger had the fastest time in the 100 fly, finishing in 1:18.29, a seven second PR.
Bella won the 200 IM in 2:31.88 and Alex touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.84.
Madyson Trammel won the 100 breaststroke in 1:25.88.
McNary will compete in the Greater Valley Conference district meet on Feb. 9-10 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.