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Swimming: Canby cruises to sweep of Molalla, North Marion, falls at Oregon City


The boys win nine of 11 events, and the girls turn in several notable performances at the three-team meet.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Christian Meza won the 100-yard breaststroke race Dec. 9 during the Canby swimming teams three-team meet at Canby Swim Center. The Cougars won nine of the 11 events on the bosy side and also won easily in the girls competition.The Canby swimming team swept two Class 4A opponents at a home meet Dec. 9, cruising past North Marion and Molalla in boys and girls competition.

The Cougars racked up 184 points on the boys side, easily defeating North Marion (71) and Molalla (20). Canby’s girls tallied 141 points to place first ahead of Molalla (76) and North Marion (62).

Canby’s boys won nine of the 11 events in the three-team meet, including the 200-yard medley relay and 400 freestyle relay races.

Returning state qualifier Ryan Cully finished first in the 50 and 100 free sprints, while teammate Cole DeRisio took top honors in the 200 free and 100 butterfly competitions.

Michael Haring was the fastest swimmer in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley races.

Christian Meza had the best time in the 100 breaststroke, also placing second in the 200 individual medley.

The Cougars had several other runners-up on the boys side, including Alex Olson in the 100 back and 100 fly, Bryon Langford in the 500 free and Johnny Rosenblad in the 100 breaststroke. Jonah Cason (200 free) and Chayse Gillespie (100 free) also posted second-place finishes.

On the girls side, Kendra Olson led Canby with first-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 fly.

Carson Manning took hop honors in the 500 free, also taking second in the 200 individual medley.

Heoniya Sharabarin (50 free), Alexys Breibarth (100 back), Haley Williams (100 breaststroke) and Elisabeth McNamee (500 free) all earned second-place marks. The Cougars also won the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay races.

Cougars come up short at Oregon City

The Canby swimming team came up short in its league opener, falling to Oregon City by just 15 points combined in boys and girls competition.

The Cougars boys dropped an 88-82 decision, while the girls were on the losing end of an 84-75 score.

On the girls side, Canby won the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay races. Kendra Olson finished first in the 200 free and second in the 400 free, while Carson Manning was first in the 200 individual medley and second in the 100 fly.

The Cougars had several other top-three finishers at the dual meet. Heoniya Sharabarin (50 free), Jacqueline Formick (100 free) and Alexys Brebarth (100 back) all posted runner-up finishes.

Sharabarin (100 free), Lacy Peterson (400 free), Morgan Butters (200 free) and Elisabeth McNamee (200 individual medley) recorded third-place times.

On the boys side, Canby won the 400 free relay and took second in the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Cole DeRisio placed first in the 100 back and second in the 200 free, while Ryan Cully won the 50 free and was the runner-up in the 100 free. Michael Haring took top honors in the 400 free.

Other second-place finishes came from Alex Olson (200 individual medley and 100 fly) and Jonah Cason (400 free).

Haring (200 individual medley) and Bryon Langford (200 free and 100 back) posted third-place marks.

“Times were not as important at this meet since the Oregon City pool is a 25-meter pool and this is the only time Canby will be racing in long-course,” coach Eric Laitinen said. “The young Cougar team was focusing on improving their racing skills and technique and the meet was a great success with that in mind.”

Canby’s last meet before winter break is slated for Dec. 19 at home against Portland-Grant.



Dec. 9 at Canby Swim Center

Boys: CANBY 184, North Marion 71, Molalla 20

Girls: CANBY 141, Molalla 76, North Marion 62



Dec. 12 at Oregon City

Boys: OREGON CITY 88, Canby 82

Girls: OREGON CITY 84, Canby 75