Special day for swimmers

CHS and WHS girls excel against Evergreen schools

It was a special day for seven Camas High School senior girls swimmers.

Siobhan Choong, Hannah Clayton, Sarah Doyle, Shelby Gano, Emily Hows, Rachael Smith and MacKenzie Spady helped the Papermakers rise above rivals Union and Mountain View Sept. 28, at LaCamas Swim & Sport.

“This is the first duel meet we have won against Union in a while. All of the girls did amazing,” Clayton said. “It was just a good vibe. Our last meet for the seniors here. It was a good way to close it out.”

Washougal swimmers Ana Janiszewski and Kaylyn Schmid helped the Panthers beat Evergreen 32-26. This was the school’s first duel meet victory. Schmid earned second place in the 100-meter butterfly (1:19.14) and ninth place in the 50 freestyle (31.25). Janiszewski took third place in the 200 individual medley (2:46.7) and fourth place in the 100 backstroke (1:15.18).

Camas swept all four Evergreen schools. The Papermakers defeated Union 148-128, Mountain View 155-116, Heritage 173-63 and Evergreen 192-15.

“I thought Union and Mountain View had too much depth for us, but our girls stepped up and swam really well,” said head coach Mike Bemis. “Our depth paid off for us again.”

Abby Crowson, Choong, Bailey Segall and Jessica Bretz got the meet started off right for Camas by winning the 200 medley relay (2:12.75). Crowson, Clayton, Choong and Segall also won the 200 freestyle relay (2:02). Bretz, Madalyn Scherwinski, Doyle and Clayton claimed second place in the 400 freestyle relay (4:45.34). Donna Ferdows, Rhainna Fitzgerald, Callie Rouske and Hope Yim finished fifth in the 400 free relay (5:12.01).

Clayton earned first place in the 200 freestyle (2:24.71) and second place in the 100 freestyle (1:06.02). Segall grabbed first place in the 100 freestyle (1:03.96) and second place in the 50 freestyle (29.45). Crowson soared to first place in the 100 butterfly (1:11.99) and third place in the 100 backstroke (1:10.08).

“It wasn’t just the fastest swimmers and it wasn’t just the people in the top heats,” Clayton said. “It was the ones in the lower heats that really pulled through. They pushed hard to win and they did.”

Camas collected most of its points in the 100 breaststroke. Choong won the event (1:24.57), followed by Bretz (1:34.05) and Rouske in second and third place (1:35.62). Audrey Hinchliff took sixth place (1:38.26) and Fitzgerald finished in seventh (1:38.7).

Scherwinski claimed second (5:23.7) and Bretz grabbed third (5:25.24) in the 400 freestyle. Choong finished fourth in the 50 freestyle (30.44). Scherwinski took fourth (2:54.2) and Fitzgerald earned fifth (3:02.2) in the 200 individual medley.