Trevor Gourley churned forward, stretching for the wall in the 50-yard freestyle at the Mid-Willamette Conference district swim meet on Saturday afternoon at Osborn Aquatic Center.
It was one of the big showdowns of the meet and Gourley, a Corvallis High senior who won the event last year, was matched stroke for stroke with Lebanon freshman Casey McEuen, who entered the meet as the top seed in the event.
Gourley and McEuen hit their touch pads and looked up at the scoreboard. The numbers came up: Gourley, 21.59 seconds. McEuen, 21.83.
"It took a second for it to come up and then that's when I knew," Gourley said.
Gourley got out of the pool and was greeted with high-5s and hugs from friends and teammates.
The 50 free doesn't allow for much time to think, but Gourley said he was feeling a few butterflies before the race.
"Just go for it. It's a 50. It's kind of just your head down and you're all-out. No breath. That's kind of how it goes," Gourley said. "But I was really, really nervous going into it because he's a really talented freshman and he's a really good swimmer. So you never know what can happen."
Gourley completed the sweep by winning the 100 butterfly in a district record of 52.13. McEuen was second in 54.40. Gourley also anchored the Spartans to wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Gourley said he's gotten to know McEuen recently and encouraged him after the races.
"I told him he's a freshman and next year he better beat the time that I went this year," Gourley said. "And I know he can because he's a really talented swimmer."
Crescent Valley won the girls title with 449 points. Corvallis was second with 403 and Lebanon third with 287.
The Corvallis boys took first with 465 points, followed by Lebanon with 329 and South Albany with 319.
South Albany's Bryce Dickerson shaved about three seconds off his best time to win the 200 IM in 2:02.65.
Dickerson was aware that Lebanon's Rylan Rogers was strong in the butterfly.
"My strategy today was just to go out hard on the fly and stay ahead of him on the backstroke and pull ahead on the breaststroke like normal and hold my lead on the freestyle, so I succeeded," Dickerson said.
Dickerson also won the 100 breaststroke, holding off Nathan Glade of Central.
"I'm fairly confident going into state," Dickerson said. "I'm not sure how I'll place like in finals and stuff, but I should do fairly well at state. I don't know if I'll get first, second or third, but I should be in the finals."
Corvallis freshman Noah Vial won the 200 and 500 freestyle races.
"I was looking forward to the competition. I knew it was going to be a close race for both," Vial said. "I was really surprised in the 200. It was a really close race."
Corvallis' Quin Peterson won the boys 100 freestyle in 51.58 and Lebanon's Darrin Breshears took the 100 backstroke in 55.47.
Lebanon's Maddy Kelly won the girls 50 free in a district-record time of 23.92 and then nearly set the record in the 100 free.
"In the 50 free I talk to myself behind the blocks," Kelly said. "It's a race that you have to be on your game. There's no room for error in it, so you just have to get up and go as fast as you can and I kind of talk to myself, I say, 'OK, this is my race, I know how to do this.' You have to have faith in your training and you kind of just let your body go."
She finished the 100 free in 53.20.
"Last year at state I went a 53.02 and so to be that close to my time now, not tapered or shaved or anything, I think it's really good," she said.
Lebanon's Piper Engler won the 100 breaststroke.
Kayla Ashland of CHS held off teammate Kaarina Nyman to win the 200 IM in 2:16.98. Nyman was second in 2:17.41.
Ashland knew she needed a lead going into the freestyle part of the race.
"Toward the end of the breaststroke I was like, 'OK, I need to get to the free first,' " Ashland said. "We're both great 50 freestylers. She's on both A relays with me for the 200 and 400 freestyle, so it was just kind of watching where she was and knowing that she was the only one putting that direct pressure on me and keeping with her and pushing ahead as far as I could."
Ashland also anchored the CHS 200 freestyle relay team to a razor-thin win over CV, 1:44.89 to 1:44.90.
Ashland was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:20.93. Crescent Valley's Lindsey Soule' won the race in 5:11.03 and also took first in the 100 backstroke.
A freshman, Soule' will be making her first trip to the state meet.
"I feel pretty confident," Soule' said. "I know there's going to be a lot of hard racing and good competitors, so I'm really looking forward to doing that. It's going to be really fun."
Molly Beamer of South Albany won the 100 butterfly in 59.81. She was also second in the 200 free.
Beamer said she was going for the district record in the 100 butterfly of 59.00.
"My best time is actually faster than the district record and I was training through this meet because my main focus is state, so my main goal was the district record and unfortunately I didn't get it, but mentally I was just seeing how far I could make it and how close I could get it," Beamer said. "I'm physically tired right now, so that was my goal, to see how close can get to this? How much can I achieve.
"It was good to see mentally where I'm at because I did train through this meet."
Girls results: 1. Crescent Valley, 449; 2. Corvallis, 401; 3. Lebanon, 287; 4. Silverton, 207; 5. South Albany, 194; 6. Central, 135; 7. Dallas, 134
200 medley relay: 1. CV (Jenny Pinard, Lindsey Soule', Reina Watkins, Nicole Koski), 1:57.81; 2. Lebanon (Sarah Tunstill, Piper Engler, Maddy Kelly, Marilyn Johnson), 2:03.62; 3. SA (Jessica Robinson, Brittney Smith, Molly Beamer, Sarah Aanes), 2:04.35
200 freestyle: 1. Jolie-Rae Ford, Dallas, 1:57.85; 2. Molly Beamer, SA, 1:58.34; 3. Chloe Bowman, CV, 2:02.21
200 IM: 1. Kayla Ashland, Corvallis, 2:16.98; 2. Kaarina Nyman, Corvallis, 2:17.41; 3. Rachel Shaw, CV, 2:25.01
50 freestyle: 1. Maddy Kelly, Lebanon, 23.92; 2. Jessica Robinson, SA, 26.48; 3. Kayla Witzke, Corvallis, 26.70
100 butterfly: 1. Molly Beamer, SA, 59.81; 2. Kaarina Nyman, Corvallis, 1:02.92; 3. Zoey Rochefort, Corvallis, 1:03.28
100 freestyle: 1. Maddy Kelly, Lebanon, 53.20; 2. Chloe Bowman, CV, 56.31; 3. Aubrey Whitty, CV, 58.54
500 freestyle: 1. Lindsey Soule', CV, 5:11.03; 2. Jolie-Rae Ford, Dallas, 5:20.24; 3. Kayla Ashland, Corvallis, 5:20.93
200 free relay: 1. Corvallis (Kayla Witzke, Kaarina Nyman, Karly Vial, Kayla Ashland), 1:44.89; 2. CV (Chloe Bowman, Aubrey Whitty, Nicole Koski, Lindsey Soule'), 1:44.90; 3. Lebanon (Sarah Tunstill, Marilyn Johnson, Piper Engler, Maddy Kelly), 1:48.02
100 backstroke: 1. Lindsey Soule', CV, 1:01.14; 2. Jessica Robinson, SA, 1:03.72; 3. Jenny Pinard, CV, 1:04.00
100 breaststroke: 1. Piper Engler, Lebanon, 1:17.94; 2. Laura Ely, Corvallis, 1:20.98; 3. Caitie Miller, Central, 1:22.60
400 free relay: 1. CV (Reina Watkins, Aubrey Whitty, Jenny Pinard, Chloe Bowman), 3:48.54; 2. Corvallis (Kayla Witzke, Zoey Rochefort, Kaarina Nyman, Kayla Ashland), 3:49.12; 3. Silverton, 4:18.16
Boys results: 1. Corvallis, 465; 2. Lebanon, 329; 3. South Albany, 319; 4. Central, 219; 5. Silverton, 205; 6. Dallas, 140; 7. Crescent Valley, 133
200 medley relay: 1. SA (Zack Gardner, Bryce Dickerson, Ian Walker, Calvin Roskelley), 1:44.87; 2. Central, 1:50.52; 3. Corvallis (Noah Vial, Bryce Atha, Isaac Garrison, Charlie Way), 1:50.52
200 freestyle: 1. Noah Vial, Corvallis, 1:48.53; 2. Chad Seevers, CV, 1:51.29; 3. Darrin Breshears, Lebanon, 1:54.76
200 IM: 1. Bryce Dickerson, SA, 2:02.65; 2. Rylan Rogers, Lebanon, 2:09.69; 3. Scott Charley, Lebanon, 2:25.61
50 freestyle: 1. Trevor Gourley, Corvallis, 21.59; 2. Casey McEuen, Lebanon, 21.83; 3. Quin Peterson, Corvallis, 23.51
100 butterfly: 1. Trevor Gourley, Corvallis, 52.13; 2. Casey McEuen, Lebanon, 54.40; 3. Rylan Rogers, Lebanon, 57.41
100 freestyle: 1. Quin Peterson, Corvallis, 51.58; 2. Owen Engler, Lebanon, 52.08; 3. Diogo Vasconcelos, SA, 52.50
500 freestyle: 1. Noah Vial, Corvallis, 4:53.04; 2. Chad Seevers, CV, 5:01.83; 3. Bryce Atha, Corvallis, 5:20.53
200 freestyle relay: 1. Corvallis (Karl Weiler, Quin Peterson, Charlie Way, Trevor Gourley), 1:30.96; 2. Lebanon (Rylan Rogers, Owen Engler, Darrin Breshears, Casey McEuen), 1:31.23; 3. South Albany (Calvin Roskelley, Diogo Vasconcelos, Zack Gardner, Bryce Dickerson), 1:33.77
100 backstroke: 1. Darrin Breshears, Lebanon, 55.47; 2. Zack Gardner, SA, 56.64; 3. Calvin Roskelley, SA, 1:02.26
100 breaststroke: 1. Bryce Dickerson, SA, 1:01.59; 2. Nathan Glade, Central, 1:02.38; 3. Karl Weiler, Corvallis, 1:07.14
400 freestyle relay: 1. Corvallis (Karl Weiler, Quin Peterson, Noah Vial, Trevor Gourley), 3:21.79; 2. Lebanon (Rylan Rogers, Owen Engler, Darrin Breshears, Casey McEuen), 3:21.83; 3. CV (Chad Seevers, Tony Liu, Caleb Butler, Ryan Alder), 3:54.80