The chase for the district championship between the Camas and Columbia River girls swimming teams is well documented. On Saturday at Kelso, the Papermakers brought that prestigious trophy back home.
“We finally got that trophy back. We seem to trade it with River every few years,” said Camas head coach Mike Bemis. “If Camas moves from 3A to 4A next year, it’s a great way to leave 3A as the district champions.”
The Papermakers fueled their championship desires Thursday, by qualifying 20 of their 28 swimmers for Saturday’s finals.
“[Twenty finalists is] an incredible number. It speaks volumes for how close these girls are not only time wise, but also as teammates,” Bemis said. “That meet was won because of our depth. It took all 20 girls to get that championship back.”
By winning the 200-meter medley and the 400 freestyle relay races, Camas started off Saturday with and bang and ended with a boom. Anna Panebianco, Gretchen Beyer, Ashlyn Price and Juliann Reed all swam personal best legs to win the medley relay with a combined time of 1 minute, 58.84 seconds. Panebianco, Price, Reed and Brittany Worley won the freestyle relay in 3:59.74.