SH swimmers return real talent, but depth may be shallow

Scott Swanson

Coming off a year in which Sweet Home’s girls delivered a shocker by upsetting higher-seeded teams to win the state swimming title, the Huskies are looking at a very “tough” 4A/3A/2A/1A field as their 2019-20 season begins.

“We’ve lost a couple of pretty good kids,” said Coach Doug Peargin, who is beginning his 49th year at the helm for the Huskies. And that’s the girls – the Husky boys are “really, really rookies.”

After a “tremendous” performance by Sweet Home in the girls championships last spring by senior Sarah Hewitt, junior Megan Hager and three freshmen, Malia Hewitt, Jamie Seward and Chloe Tyler, the elder Hewitt graduated.

In previous years, four top-flight swimmers might be enough to win a trophy at state, but this year the division is loaded, Peargin said.

“We’ve lost a couple of pretty good kids,” he said. “Unfortunately, at state you’d better have at least six kids that pull points for you. It’s going to be really tough to place in the top four. This is going to be a tougher meet for the girls in state