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Panthers to send two to state

CORVALLIS — Two Central swimmers qualified to compete at the state meet at Mt. Hood Community College Friday and Saturday. Senior Daniel Glade qualified in two events, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, where he is seeded 10th and seventh in the state, respectively.

Sophomore Grace Holstad qualified in the 100 butterfly. She is seeded ninth going into the state meet. She place second in the race in 1 minute, 3.95 seconds. Glade finished the 50 freestyle in 23.29 and 100 freestyle in 50.55.

“Daniel, he’s been wanting it so badly,” said Central coach Jeannine Holstad. “For him being a senior, I really wanted him to qualify.”

With Grace, her reaction was that of a proud mom and coach combined. Assistant coach Jesse Genualdi checked on Sunday whether the pair qualified. He called with the news, which she delivered to Grace in person.

Those two weren’t the only swimmers to save their best for last.

The girls 200 medley relay of Lindsey Bradley, Olivia Cooper, Grace Holstad, and AnneMarie Hasbrook shaved five seconds off its best time to finish with 2:14.19. The same swimmers in the 400 freestyle relay put down the season’s best of 4:31.75.

The boys 400 freestyle relay of Nathan Glade, David Glade, Isaiah Compton, and alternate Sean Stephenson put in a best of 3:53.54.

In the individual events, Hasbrook took eight seconds off her time in the 200 freestyle to swim a 2:41.49 and dropped 18 second in the 500 freestyle for a 7:09.62. Olivia Cooper posted a season best 2:53.33 in the 200 individual medley.

Robert Deleon put in 59.25 in the 100 freestyle, a 4.5 second improvement and David Glade shattered his former personal record by more than 30 seconds in the 500 freestyle to post a 5:48.79.

“All the training has paid off,” Holstad said.

Central High School Girls basketball: Friday, the Panthers grabbed for first place and held on, winning by a large gap, 43-29, against South Albany. Defense forced 26 turnovers, snatching the ball before South Albany could score. Meagan Mendazona led the game with 16 points, with Elizabeth Chavez adding 12 to the total score, and 11 points for Annika Riddell. Tuesday they host Corvallis at 7 p.m.

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