Girls ride three event wins to close second for team in state swimming


February 22, 2023

Benny Westcott

Sweet Home's girls hoist their hardware after a close second-place team finish at state. Behind coaches, from left, Doug Peargin, Jessica Rice and A. Jay Bronson are swimmers, from left, Daisy Lalond, Breeza Rodriguez, Kristin Sautel, Peyton Markell and Alyssa Voight.

Sweet Home's girls swimming team came close – oh, so close – to repeating as state champions, losing by three points to private-school powerhouse Catlin Gabel at the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state championships Saturday, Feb. 11, in Tualatin.

Catlin Gabel finished with 54 points to Sweet Home's 51. St. Mary's of Medford was third with 36, followed by Cove (26) Newport (23), Cascade Christian (21) and Molalla (20). Stayton was 15th with three points and Marist's girls tied with Sisters for 17th with one point each.

"It was good," Sweet Home Coach A. Jay Bronson said, acknowledging that the Hus...

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