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Central Enjoys Sweet Home Visit

The swimming team gets a bit of inspiration.

INDEPENDENCE -- Central's still-developing swim team got a look at what a few additional years in the pool can do for you in a Jan. 12 meet at Sweet Home.

"Sweet Home is an experienced, powerful team," CHS coach Teresa Tolzmann said. "Our swimmers did an excellent job focusing on what they need to do for each race. They did not get distracted by the history of Sweet Home.

"We also had the opportunity to watch a very fast college swimmer. He shared that he didn't break a 30-second freestyle time until he was 15 years old. It was a great inspiration for the team to keep working and believing in themselves."

Leigh Anne MacCarthy turned in personal-best times in the 50 freestyle (32.23) and 100 breaststroke (1:24.09). She teamed with Amelia Scheck, Kim Hensley and Katrina Hill for a team-best time of 2:28.46 in the 200 medley relay.

Hensley swam the 500 freestyle for the first time, finishing in 7:45.23.

Brittney Johnson swam a personal-best 37.60 in the 50 freestyle. Amanda Hampton finished the 200 freestyle in 3:37.25 after suffering an asthma attack on her previous attempt.

Megan Pryce (1:36.92) and Amanda Higgins-Nash (1:41.23) set new personal standards in the 100 backstroke.

Ian Pryce, Kent Tolzmann, Steve Hill and Ethan Wilson set team-best times in the 200 medley relay (2:04.38) and 200 freestyle relay (1:45.73).

Tolzmann also finished second and set a personal-best time of 2:35.71 in the 200 individual medley. He was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle in 58.89. Idan Sicard finished the 100 freestyle in 1:05.87, a personal best.

In the 50 freestyle, Wilson was second in 25.75. Tim Maguire dropped his best effort to 31.90.

Pryce (1:12.06) and Kellen Desmarteau (1:23.45) set new individual marks in the 100 backstroke. Desmarteau also a personal record of 2:25.89 in the 200 freestyle.

Hill lopped 6.48 seconds off his top clocking in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 1:09.94.

Chris Redfern and Patrick Deptula swam the 500 freestyle for the first time, finishing in 8:17.61 and 8:54.01, respectively.

Tabish Raza set a new PR of 1:23.84 in the 100 breaststroke, and Alex Hass was timed in 1:44.09.

Central, in its first full season of swimming, returns to action Friday, Jan. 19 at Stayton.

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