BEAVERTON — Crater freshman Marcus Reyes-Gentry took a necessary first step toward two potential state championships to highlight the local effort Friday at the state swim meet for all classes at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
Already seeded first in the Class 5A boys 500 yard freestyle and 100 yard backstroke, Reyes-Gentry touched first in each preliminary to set himself up for today’s championship finals. Reyes-Gentry won the 500 free prelim in 4 minutes, 49.39 seconds and the 100 back in 52.77 seconds.
Ashland junior Chris Frownfelter finished third in the 100 back at 55.36 to earn his spot in the finals, and also placed first in the 100 free prelims in 48.84. Frownfelter will also be part of two Ashland relays in today’s finals, joined by Oliver Del Rio, Hunter Oliver and Baylor Wiggins to place sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:45.22). The 400 free relay of Frownfelter, Oliver, Wiggins and Harry Ross also placed sixth (3:24.63) to advance.
In the Class 6A meet, North Medford junior Daniel Olson earned a spot in today’s championship finals in the 50 free by placing fifth (21.68).
In Class 4A/3A/2A/1A action, Phoenix senior Alec Shepherd had a good day in qualifying for the finals in the 50 free and 100 free. Shepherd took third in the 50 free in 22.48, one spot ahead of St. Mary’s senior Jasper Zhu who was fourth in 22.51, and Shepherd again edged Zhu in the 100 free, placing fourth in 49.21 while Zhu was fifth (49.26).
St. Mary’s freshman Asa Frisbee qualified for the finals in two events, finishing fourth in the 500 free prelims in 5:13.19 and fifth in the 100 back (59.13).
Cascade Christian junior Braedon Scaglione earned a spot in today’s finals in the 100 breaststroke by finishing third in 1:03.76, and just barely missed advancing in the 50 free after finishing seventh in 23.25 to miss the cutoff by one spot.
St. Mary’s placed fifth in the boys 200 free relay in 1:36.62 to earn a spot in the finals, with Zhu joined by Charlie Reade, Noah Stillwell and Frisbee. That same group also took fifth in the 400 free relay (3:32.23) to advance to the championship race.
SWC DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Grants Pass, Roseburg has distanced itself from the field while North Medford and Grants Pass are fighting for second after the first day of the two-day state qualifier at Grants Pass High School.
The Indians lead the six-team field with 198.5 points, followed by 120 for both North Medford and Grants Pass, while Sheldon (40), South Medford (26) and South Eugene (13) were trailing.
North Medford advanced wrestlers to the semifinals in 11 weight classes and two wrestlers to the final four at 132 and 145 pounds. At 132, North’s Benjamin Zeigler pinned Grants Pass’ Garret Prince in 50 seconds in the quarterfinals, and North’s Griffin Gutches pulled out a 7-6 decision over Roseburg’s Varrius Scanlan to advance to the semis.
North Medford 145-pounders Andres Ramirez and Matthew Bryant both earned quarterfinal pins to keep their SWC championship hopes alive and, at 195, North’s Brett Rucker pinned Grants Pass’ Jacob Dorner in 3:27 to score a spot in the final four.
Two South Medford Panthers qualified for the semis, including 132-pounder Kilian Cosgrove, who pinned Grants Pass’ Jayden Brown in 5:50 in the quarters. South’s Brayden Ostvik received a bye to the 113-pound semis.
Roseburg advanced 24 wrestlers to today’s semifinal round — at least one in each of the 14 weight classes and two apiece in 10 weight classes. The Indians also led the way with 18 pins on the first day, followed by North Medford (11) and Grants Pass (8).
Roseburg has won the last five Class 6A state championships and 10 of the last 12. North was the SWC runner-up a year ago.