It has been quite a run for the seniors on the Crescent Valley High girls swim team.
The Raiders won four straight Mid-Willamette Conference district titles, and have placed sixth, fourth and second in each of the last three years at the OSAA 5A state meet.
CV was a distant second to Bend last season (97-60), but the Raiders will bring a strong contingency to this year’s meet, set for this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
The prelims are Friday night with the finals set for 6.45 p.m. Saturday. The top six finishers based on time in the prelims advance to the finals.
“It would be amazing if we won state,” said senior Chloe Bomman, who is seeded sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 500 free.
“That’s the end goal always, to be the best, so it would be really awesome if we could win state.”
The Raiders should expect to have plenty of finalists based on seedings.
Lindsey Soule is back to defend her state title in the 500 free as well as competing in the 100 backstroke this season. Soule is seeded first in the 500 free and second in the 100 back. She won the title in the 100 free last season.
“I can’t wait to see what we’re going to be able to accomplish, see if people can drop even more time,” Soule said last Saturday. “It’s going to be really fun.”
Soule said it was pretty special to see what the Raiders were able to accomplish at the district meet, heading into the state meet.
“We have a lot of depth and a lot of swimmers who are really, really strong, and a lot who stepped it up at (districts) and we were able to pull out places no one really kind of considered at the beginning of the season. Everyone has been working really hard.”
CV has three swimmers in the 200 free — Bowman (sixth), Jordan Drill (ninth) and Nova Evans (11th).
Sophomore Paula Lomonaco is seeded fourth in the 50 free and third in the 100 free, while Reina Watkins is second in the 100 butterfly and ninth in the 100 free.
Sarah Cordier is seeded third in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 breast. Evans is ninth in the 100 breast and M’Kenzie Drill eighth in the 100 back.
The Raiders qualified all three relays with the 200 medley seeded third, the 200 free seeded second and the 400 free first after setting a district meet record on Saturday.
Corvallis freshman Anna Edwards will look to advance to the finals in two individual events. She is seeded second in the 100 breast and sixth in the 50 free. Rachel Shaw is 11th in the 100 fly,
The Spartans’ 200 medley relay is seeded seventh, the 200 free relay is third behind CV and the 400 free relay is fifth.
On the boys side, Corvallis’ Dylan Dhakhwa is seeded first in the 100 back and fourth in the 200 free.
The Spartans’ Dani Valdes is sixth in the 200 free and ninth in the 100 fly, while Bryce Atha (seventh) and Nic Ashland (ninth) will swim in the 200 IM. Atha is also seeded eighth in the 100 breast.
Sawyer Olsen is seeded ninth in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 free for the Spartans, while freshman Liam Leeming is fifth in the 500 free.
Corvallis’ 200 medley relay, which set a district record on Saturday, is seeded second, the 200 free relay is fifth and the 400 free relay is third.
The Spartans hope to build off last weekend’s performance in winning the district team title.
“I think that our boys are going to do very well,” Atha said. “All of us are hoping we’re going to place and I think we’re going to be a strong force.”
CV freshman Caleb Hall is seeded ninth in the 500 free while the Raiders’ 200 medley relay is seeded 11th and 400 free relay seventh.
Philomath junior James Dye will swim in the 100 fly and the 500 free prelims on Friday. Dye is seeded sixth in the 500 free and ninth in the 100 fly.
The Warriors’ 200 boys medley relay is seeded seventh and the 200 free relay 10th.
On the girls side, Amity Coon is seeded 11th in the 100 breast and the Warriors’ 200 medley relay is 10th.
Saturday's finals are set for 2 p.m.