Yanceys, Relay Teams Pace Canby Girls to Fifth at Swimming State Championships

After impressive team debuts at the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet last weekend, Canby High School’s top swimmers headed to the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton to compete in the 5A swimming state championships.

Canby’s team of senior Allison Yancey, sophomore Karina Sawatsky, senior Avery Keinonen and junior Kali Mull claimed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.06, while the team of Yancey, Keinonen, Mull and junior Amanda Yancey finished third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:39.62.

Both quartets had won gold in the NWOC district championships the previous weekend.

Canby’s team of Allison Yancey, Karina Sawatsky, Avery Keinonen and Kali Mull claimed silver in the 200 medley relay.

Allison Yancey capped her swimming career at Canby High School with another bronze medal, swimming to third in the 100-meter backstroke in 57.81, and a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:09.20.

In other girls’ results, Mull swam to fourth in both the 100 and 200 freestyle events with times of 54.47 and 1:56.60, respectively. Keinonen also claimed fifth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.04 and swam to sixth in the 100 butterfly in 59.84.

And Canby’s team of Sawatsky, Amanda Yancey, junior Kathryn Taggart and sophomore Mikayla Knowles finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.33. In team scores, the Cougs finished fifth with 36, behind Crescent Valley (41), Summit (49), Mountain View (52) and state champion Bend (67).

Canby senior Allison Yancey capped her high school swimming career with a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke.

On the boys’ side, junior Isaac Beck claimed a fourth-place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:57.38 and swam to fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:50.62. And junior Kai Laitinen claimed fourth in the 200 medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke with times of 2:04.45 and 1:03.22, respectively.

Finally, the boys’ team of Beck, Laitinen and freshmen Ethan Beck and Andrew Hayhurst finished sixth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:34.29.

In team scores, the Canby boys finished ninth with 11 points, behind Silverton (12), Caldera (14), Hood River Valley (16), Wilsonville (18), Parkrose (26), West Albany (51), Crescent Valley (58) and state champion Summit (69).

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