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I ,. r - February 15, 2012 SPORTS Page 17 i Title From page 16 On the girls side, Blanchet Catholic won with 219 points, followed by Sisters (188), Stayton (173) and the Huskies (159). Peargin said it came down to a head count for the Huskies, most of whose scoring came from five finalists. "Those five girls, if we had five more like them, we&apos;d have blown the meet apart," he said. "We just didn't have enough girls." Naomi Gunselman won district titles in both the 100 Backstroke (1:03.73) and the 200 Individual Medley (2:18.83), with Kim- ber Swanson adding one more in the 100 Freestyle (1:00.78). The Huskies also quali- fied for state in the 200 Medley Relay with a second-place finish behind Sisters (2:05.84) and a fourth-place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:52.34), in which the district qualified its four top teams, Sisters, Stayton, Blanchet and Sweet Home. The Huskies' finish was a school record. "We're a tough district," Peargin said, noting that times have dropped around the state. "That 200 relay, we took seventh at state with a slower time last year and we took fourth in district this year." Senior Katie Turner, a four-year veteran, said she was pretty happy with the Huskies' finish. "We are a lot smaller than we were last year and some people weren't feeling well," she said. "But in the end we pulled it together. I'm proud of our team." Things got off to a bit of a rough start for both the boys and girls in Friday's preliminar- ies - actually, before the prelims for the boys. That's when, during warmups, freshman Ryan Yon hit the bulkhead that splits the 50- yard pool at the South Albany Aquatic Center where the meet was held. Yon said he was making a flip turn and smashed his heel into the metal bridge struc- ture, cutting it open. Forced to go to the hos- pital to have it stitched up, Yon made it back in time to swim on the 400 Freestyle "B" relay team, though Peargin had to scratch him in two other events, the 200 and 500 Freestyles. Then, on the girls side, Emily Thompson got disqualified for an illegal turn in her 200 Individual Medley preliminary, the second event of the day, in which she had high expec- tations of qualifying for state. Peargin said he strongly disagreed with the call, but Thomp- son rebounded and, a strong breaststroker, helped the 200 Medley Relay team qualify on Saturday. Although freshman McKenzie Curtis didn't qualify for state as an individual, plac- ing sixth in both the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke, she swam the anchor leg for the 200 Medley Relay team's qualifying perfor- mance. Curtis has been forced to limit her practice time all season, Peargin said, due to shoulder injuries. "I think I did really good," Curtis said. "I Photo by Scott Swanson Emily Claborn swims the 200 Individual Medley, in which she placed lOth in the finals. placed in the top six in all my events and I'm only a freshman. I hope, when my shoulder gets better, that I can practice every day next year and place first." Peargin agreed: "To final in two individu- al events is tough." A club swimmer when she was younger, Curtis said she's enjoyed high school swim- ming. "I like high school meets because there's a lot more team spirit than you have at club meets," she said. Peargin said the Huskies' finish was the result of the work they've put in, spending most of two months getting up to swim at 6 a.m., five days a week. 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