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Top swimmers honored as team celebrates big days at district, state

 

March 7, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Wolthuis Family SWIMMING AWARD WINNERS, from left, are Lauren Yon, Stewart Curtis, Lucie Davis, Nathan Hager, Megan Hager, Bradley Wolthuis and Sarah Hewitt.

Seniors Nathan Hager and Lucie Davis, along with junior Lauren Yon, were named the Outstanding Upperclassmen for the Sweet Home Swim Team, which celebrated its double state championship during an awards event Feb. 28.

Sophomores Stewart Curtis, Bradley Wolthuis and Sarah Hewitt, and freshman Megan Hager were named Outstanding Underclassmen.

It was a big year for the Sweet Home swimming program, despite challenges such as a depleted boys roster, meets being cancelled due to weather and sickness that swept through the roster.

“It was our best season,” said Head Coach Doug Peargin, who finished his 43rd year at the program’s helm. “We’ve never had a double state championship.”

This year’s state title was the second in a row – and the second ever for the girls. The boys had not won state since 2009, so their championship was also a milestone.

“When we had our first meeting of the season, I told them if they wanted it bad enough, we had the people to do it,” Peargin said. “We had the talent. We knew our girls had a lot of bodies, but the boys were a little lean. I told them if they didn’t want to shoot for a state championship, they were in the wrong sport because that was where we were going.”

Thanks in part to the arrival of three siblings, Curtis and his sisters Moira and Soriah, who quickly made an impact despite not having participated in competitive swimming, the Huskies had what they needed to win both the girls and boys district titles.

State, though, was where Sweet Home really shined, Peargin said.

“The boys had to be error-free,” he said. “They couldn’t make a mistake.”

And they didn’t.

“At the state meet, both the girls and boys all either held or raised their position (between prelims and finals),” he said. “The whole meet was like that. It was just an exceptional thing.”

Davis won her fourth state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyles and Yon won her second straight 200 Individual Medley title and the 100 Breaststroke, setting a school record of 1:06.82 in the latter.

“Lauren and Lucie, during their time in high school, have never been beaten at district or state championships,” Peargin noted. Davis was named Swimmer of the Meet at the state championships.

Megan Hager won her first individual state championship, in the 100 Freestyle. Plus, the three were contributors to the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Hewitt was third in the 200 Freestyle at state and swam a leg on the winning 400 Freestyle Relay and the third-place 200 Medley Relay team.

Nathan Hager won his first title, the 100 Freestyle, and anchored the Huskies’ winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays, setting a school record in the 200 relay. Curtis anchored the boys second-place 200 Medley Relay team, and Wolthuis was a backup at state after finishing third in the 100 Backstroke at district and fifth in the 100 Butterfly.

Four-year letter winners were Nathan Hager, Brandon Vasfaret and Sean Wolthuis on the boys side, and on the girls, Jessica Coats, Lucie Davis, Kristin Adams and Elea Hewitt.

Third-year letters went to Mia Davis, Yon and Milah Weld for the girls. Boys receiving their third letter were Rowland and Rawlins Lupoli, both juniors, and senior Wesley Parker.

Earning their second letters were junior Milah Weld and sophomores Ella Parker and Sara Hewitt for the girls, and junior Cameron Taber and Bradley Wolthuis for the boys.

First-year letter winners were Elizabeth Adams, Moira Curtis, Soriah Curtis, Stewart Curts, Megan Hager and Torree Hawken.

With 10 seniors graduating, the Huskies are losing some big talent, but the cupboard isn’t bare, Peargin said.

“We lose a lot of good ones, but we have some good ones coming back, a lot of those younger kids.”

He said support for the team was exceptional this year.

“There was 100 percent turnout for the banquet. Probably all but three of the kids that didn’t make state went up to watch it. We had a team up there that was not swimming. They got to see what it’s all about. District is cool, but state is a whole different thing.

“We had tremendous turnout from parents at all our meets. We had standing room only at all our meets this year.

“There were a lot of quality people, not just swimmers, who were on that team. Hopefully, these younger ones will look at the seniors we had this year and try to model what they saw. I told them to ‘take one thing out of the person you thought did the best job of that, add it to what you’ve already got for next year.”

 
 
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