EUGENE — North Bend won only six events in the Midwestern League district swim championships in Eugene on Saturday, but the Bulldogs had plenty of high placers and state qualifiers and a new school record.
North Bend won the boys team title and also the coed title, but Springfield edged North Bend for the girls crown by just 4.5 points.
The Bulldogs also had five girls advance to state in two individual events each and a total of eight boys advance as individuals, including three in two events.
And several of those swimmers are seeded high, projecting to good finishes at state if they live up to their seedings, which are based on the times from the various district meets over the weekend.
North Bend’s boys scored 418 points, easily beating runner-up Churchill (311).
In the girls team race, Springfield had 361.5 points and the Bulldogs 357. Churchill was third with 279, but had the winning medley and 400 freestyle relays, which both edged the Bulldogs, denying North Bend the scoring boost that comes with winning relays.
North Bend easily won the coed title.
North Bend’s boys won the first two individual events. Kenneth Shepherd winning the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1 minute, 48.28 seconds, which also makes him the top seed for the state meet in the event.
And Gavyn Tatge won the 200 individual medley, with teammate Zachary Holt second.
The other win for North Bend’s boys came in the 200 freestyle relay. That relay and both the medley and 400 freestyle relays, which each were second, all are seeded third for the state meet.
The school record came in the breaststroke, where Craig Hoefs finished second in 1:00.66 seconds. Holt was third and they will be the No. 2 and 3 seeds for state behind Saturday’s winner, Diego Reyes of Springfield (58.23).
The breaststroke was one of a number of strong events for the league, also including the backstroke, where Tatge was third and Logan Lampe fourth and six swimmers advanced to state. Tatge is the No. 4 seed and Lampe No. 5 for state. Crater’s Marcus Reyes-Gentry, who won the race, is the top seed for state in both that event and the 500 freestyle.
North Bend’s other individual state qualifiers for the boys are Shepherd and Mavrick Macalino in the 100 freestyle, Adam Wood in the 500 freestyle and Tucker Hood in the butterfly.
For North Bend’s girls, Bella Jones won the 200 freestyle and the butterfly. She will be seeded second for the freestyle and third for the butterfly at the state meet.
Makenna Roberts was North Bend’s other winner, taking the 500 freestyle. She also qualified for state in the breaststroke, where she was second.
Natalie Cheal advanced with a second-place finish in the individual medley and third-place effort in the butterfly. Helen Witharm made it after finishing fourth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Annika Strasman advanced in the 50 freestyle and the backstroke.
In addition to the individual qualifiers, Angie Allman and Madison Trenner were part of qualifying relays for the girls, giving North Bend 13 swimmers who will compete at state, maybe more given relay alternates.
Only the top six finishers in the preliminaries at state advance to the finals, but North Bend has a bunch of individuals and all six relays seeded high enough to advance. The top four teams at the state meet earn trophies.