Swimmers get good look at district competition

Sweet Home’s swimmers got a look at how they matched up against the rest of the league Saturday at the Albany Sprint Invitational at the South Albany Aquatic Center, the pool where the district meet will be held next week, Feb. 8-9.

“All 11 teams from our district were invited so this gives us an opportunity to get one more good look at the competition which we will be up against at District,” Coach Doug Peargin said.

The event was non-scoring, which, Peargin said, “seems to put a little less pressure on the kids and the coaches.”

For the boys,the team of Brinden Sanders, Michael Simmonds, Jonathan Lemar and Kieran Schaefer won both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

Rob Callagan won the 500 freestyle and Kieran Schaefer the 100 freestyle.

Missing was one other potential winner in Jayce Calhoon, who is recovering from an appendix operation.

Sarah Rosa was the sole first-place finisher for the girls, winning both the 100 intermediate medley and the 50 butterfly.

Peargin said the Huskies had 13 personal-best times at the event, as well as many “almost personal bests.

“We have swum in this pool for over 20 years as a team and have never had a poor meet there – it’s a fast pool and a great environment for a big-time meet like Districts.

“I’m pleased with where we are right now as a time,” Peargin said. “Big-time swims usually come at big-time meets and our first big-time meet this year will be Districts and then State,” he said.

Sweet Home will be back in action at home Thursday at 4 p.m. for a three-way meet against North Marion and Blanchet, the Huskies’ final tune-up before districts.

Albany Sprint Invitational

Sweet Home Boys Results

200 Medley Relay – (1) Sweet Home (Brinden Sanders, Michael Simmonds, Jonathan Lemar, Kieran Schaefer) 1:56.0.

200 Freestyle – (3) Michael Simmonds 2:00.3; (5) Rob Callagan 2:11.5.

50 Butterfly – (2) Brinden Sanders 27.1.

100 Freestyle – (1) Kieran Schaefer 52.9.

500 Freestyle – (1) Rob Callagan 6:09.5; (4) David Worthen 6:24.0; (6) Shawn Adams 6:27.0.

200 Freestyle Relay – (1) Sweet Home “A” (Brinden Sanders, Jonathan Lemar, Michael Simmonds, Kieran Schaefer) 1:38.7; (4) Sweet Home “B” (Za Ramsey, David Worthen, Sebas Mauer, Rob Callagan) 1:48.4.

Albany Sprint Invitational

Sweet Home Girls Results

200 Freestyle – (3) Sami Webb 2:21.8; (5) Laura Gourley 2:25.0.

100 Intermediate Medley – (1) Sarah Rosa 1:09.4.

50 Freestyle – (5) Faith Helfrich 29.2.

50 Butterfly – (1) Sarah Rosa 30.0.

500 Freestyle – (3) Justine Calhoon 6:14.2; (5) Nichole Simmonds 6:33.7.

50 Backstroke – (3) Laura Gourley 32.3.

50 Breaststroke – (4) Justine Calhoon 36.4.

200 Freestyle Relay – (2) Sweet Home (Faith Helfrich, Justine Calhoon, Sami Webb, Sarah Rosa) 1:57.9.