Cougars Sneak by West Linn on Swim Senior Day

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The Canby Cougars swim team started the day by honoring their nine soon-to-be graduates on Senior Day. They ended the day as they have almost all season — with two wins over West Linn.

The Canby girls defeated the Lions in a close 88-82 meet, while the boys were victorious, 96-76.

Photos by Jordy Villagomez.

The nine seniors honored on the day were Connor DeRisio, Hunter DeRisio, Brandon Slater, Jack Hayhurst, Thor Laitinen, Elizabeth Johnson, Ashley Peterson, Halaina Crispin and Ashley Peterson, all swimming in their final season for the Cougars.

The Canby girls started the meet with a second and third place in the 200 medley relay. Kali Mull, Allison Yancey, Avery Keinonen and Kennedy Hester were just out-touched for first, while the team of Ali Parsons, Faith Mason, Mikayla Knowles and Peterson finished third.

Mull continued her dominance in the 200-yard freestyle, winning the event once again with Kathryn Taggart finishing third and Parsons fourth. Canby finished second and third in both the 200 IM and 50 free, with Keinonen and Amanda Yancey in the 200 IM and Hester and Peterson in the 50 free.

Photos by Jordy Villagomez.

The 100 breaststroke saw a close, three-way finish as West Linn edged out Canby, with first place one-tenth ahead of Amanda Yancey and a half-second ahead of Karina Sawatsky.

Mull took first in the 500 free once again, while the 100 back had the closest finish that a swim meet can have — Allison Yancey and Maeve DeYoung of West Linn managed to tie for first in the meet.

The Cougars rounded out the final relay with a team of Allison Yancey Amanda Yancey, Keinonen and Mull taking first.

Photos by Jordy Villagomez.

On the boys side, Canby started with the 200 medley relay where Hunter DeRisio, Kai Laitinen, Connor DeRisio and Jack Hayhurst finished first and Jamison Chard, Thor Laitinen, Brandon Slater and Logan Peterson finished second. The Cougars went one-two in the 200 IM, with Hayhurst in first and Kai Laitinen in second.

Conor DeRiso flexed his muscles on his senior day, winning both the 50 free and 100 butterfly. Meanwhile, Hunter DeRisio placed second in the 100 free, swimming his personal best time in the competition.

For the second straight week, Isaac Beck won the 500 free in a close race. His teammate Zach Peck placed fourth in the event.

Photos by Jordy Villagomez.

To finish off the individual events, Kai Laitinen won a tight battle in the 100 breaststroke while Hayhurst was victorious in the 100 back.

The 400 free relay closed out the meet with Connor DeRisio, Hayhurst, Beck and Hunter DeRisio in first and the relay team of Peck, Brandon Slater, Alyk House and Darwin Enciso in third.

Canby has a makeup meet Tuesday, February 8, at Tualatin, before returning right back to Tualatin for the district meet on February 11 and 12.

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