Celtics win final dual meet

Kyle Hooper won the 100-yard butterfly in McNary’s dual meet with McKay (KEIZERTIMES/Lauren Murphy).

In the last dual meet of his McNary career, Kyle Hooper made in a memorable one.

The Celtics senior won two individual events (100-yard butterfly and 100-breaststroke) and also helped his team win a pair of relays as the McNary boys swim team defeated McKay 124-39 on Thursday, Jan. 30. 

The McNary girls team also ended their dual season in positive fashion, beating the Royal Scots 106-62.

“It was really exciting for me to leave on a positive note. It was great to see everyone happy on their last dual meet,” Hooper said.

“Aside from the points and the wins, we had a lot of best times and a lot of really good swims. A lot of kids are really starting to come along,” added McNary head coach Casey Lewin.

Hooper won the 100-fly in 1:01.25 and finished the 100-breast in 1:08.91.

He took seven months off before the high school season, but Hooper feels like he is rounding into shape at just the right time. 

“It’s kind of been a work in progress to get back to where I wanted to be, but Casey, being the great coach that he is, pushed me to get back to wear I was. The progression over the season has been really good.”

McNary freshman Zachary Kilby also had a big night in the water, winning the 50-freestyle (24.30) and the 100-free (54.61), as well as helping the Celtics win the 200-medley and 200-free relays. 

Jeremy Becker picked up the Celtics other individual victory in the 100-backstroke, finishing in 1:16.05 — one one-hundredth of a second faster that his teammate Gavin Eisele.

On the girls side, McNary sophomore Paris Boyd showed her great versatility in both short and long distance races, winning the 50-free in 26.59 and the 500-free in 5:36.38.

“It’s attributed to all the work she puts in the pool. It’s really nice having a swimmer that can you can literally plug into any event,” Lewin said about Boyd.

Eloisa Moreno won the 100-fly (1:12.76), Bella Beard took home the 100-breast (1:18.38) and Kianna Staley was victorious in the 100-free (1:08.00). 

McNary will compete at the Mountain Valley Conference District Meet Feb. 14-15 at the Kroc Center.

Last season, the Celtics couldn’t compete with every school in the conference as Bend, Mountain View and Summit were unable to make the trip to Salem for the district meet due to inclement weather.

This season, Lewin and his squad are excited to be able to compete in a true district meet.

“We’re really excited to get to compete against the Bend schools this year. Our goals are just to focus on us and take care of what we need to take care of and get some best times and hopefully those best times are enough to get things done,” Lewin said.