Girls defy the odds to win state swimming championship


February 20, 2019

Sweet Home swimmers, from left, Malia Hewitt, Sarah Hewitt and Jamie Seward get congratulations from Coach Doug Peargin after their final event in the 4A girls state swimming championships Saturday, Feb. 16, at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center. The Huskies won the state title, setting three school records along the way.

On paper, it didn't look like Sweet Home's girls really had much of a chance to walk away with a state swimming championship trophy as they entered the finals Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

Looming in the next lanes were swimmers from Catlin Gabel, a Portland-area private school whose roster is stocked with club swimmers.

Catlin Gabel had seven individual qualifiers, at least one in every event of Friday's preliminaries swimmers, and in seven individual finals events – three in the breaststroke alone, in which Sweet Home did not have an entrant. Plus, both team...

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