Saturday Harbor Sports Roundup: Bobcats dominate Southwest Washington swimming

Aberdeen swimmers rack up 885 points to beat nearest rival by 534 points in the all-classification Southwest Washington Invitational


SWW Invite

LONGVIEW — Turning in a dominant performance, Aberdeen swamped its opposition in the Southwest Washington Invitational meet Saturday at the Mark Morris High School pool.

The Bobcats amassed 885 points — a total that nearly surpassed that of the second through fourth-place finishers combined — to garner team honors in the all-classification meet. Mark Morris was was a distant second with 351.

Aberdeen won five events, including all three relays.

Freshman Annika Eisele captured the 100-yard butterfly by more than seven seconds with a time of 1:01.06. Junior Karli Heikkila took the 100 freestyle in 58.74.

Eisele joined Kayleia Sias, Mari Rabung and Lily Herr on the victorious 200 medley relay. Heikkila and Eisele teamed up with Emily May and Katie Lewis to win the 200 freestyle relay. The Bobcats closed out the meet by sweeping the top three places in the 400 free relay, with Heikkila, Lewis, Sias and May forming the winning unit.

Aberdeen’s Rylee Watson knocked 32 seconds off her previous best time in the 500 freestyle. Patricia Bates, Camryn Cook, Katie Cournoyer and Lexi Portmann were cited for personal bests in all events.

The Bobcats swept Tumwater, 132-54, and Black Hills, 130-56, in a double dual meet Thursday at Tumwater.

Sias earned a state-qualifying berth in the 100-yard butterfly, winning with a time of 1:04.02.

Eisele captured the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Emily May took the 200 individual medley, Lewis the 500 freestyle and Rabung the 100 breaststroke.

Sias and Aliyah Tageant had personal-best times in all events. Karime Baltazar, Sierra Bunnell and Bonnie Rowe were also cited for PRs.

The Bobcats face Centralia and Chehalis in another double dual Tuesday at Centralia.

Aberdeen swimmers to finish in the top 10 at the SWW meet:

200 medley relay — 1:58.97 — 1. Aberdeen (Sias, Rabung, Eisele, Herr). 4. Aberdeen. 7. Aberdeen. 8. Aberdeen. 200 free — 4. Emily May. 5. Lexi Portmann. 6. Karime Baltazar. 7. Katie Lewis. 200 IM — 2. Annika Eisele. 4. Kayleia Sias. 6. Melissa May. 8. Annetthe Orona. 50 free — 3. Karli Heikkila. 4. Mackayla Waltee. 100 fly — 1:01.06 — 1. Annika Eisele. 4. Katelyn Dawson. 7. Lily Herr. 8. Sierra Bunnell. 9. Kaitlyn Hammonds. 100 free— 58.74 — 1. Karli Heikkila. 4. Katie Lewis. 6. Karime Baltazar. 9. Camryn Cook. 10. Juliana Meza. 500 free — 5. Lexi Portmann. 10. Mari Rabung. 200 free relay — 1:50.15 — 1. Aberdeen (Heikkila, Lewis, E. May, Eisele). 6. Aberdeen. 9. Aberdeen. 100 back — 3. Kayleia Sias. 5. Emily May. tied for 6. Katelyn Dawson and Mackayla Waltee. 100 breast — 3. Mari Rabung. 5. Melissa May. 8. Annetthe Orona. 9. Katie Cournoyer. 400 free relay — 4:05.34 — 1. Aberdeen (Heikkila, Lewis, Sias, E. May). 2. Aberdeen. 3. Aberdeen. 8. Aberdeen.


Bulldogs second

ADNA — Perennial Class 2B power Toutle Lake outlasted Montesano, 21-25, 25-12, 15-9, in the title match to win the Adna Invitational on Saturday.

The Bulldogs went 6-1 in one-set pool play matches — beating Onalaska, Willapa Valley, Toutle Lake, Adna, Morton-White Pass and South Bend and losing to Napavine — to earn the top-seeded berth in the semifinals. They downed Adna, 25-11, 25-23, to advance to the championship match.

After a strong start against Toutle Lake, the Bulldogs fell victim to erratic passing and, as coach Debbie Gibson put it, “kind of got outplayed defensively. “

“We just have to sustain some consistency when we’re playing really good teams,” she said.

Gibson, however, was happy with her team’s overall showing.

“I thought we played a high level of volleyball today, we just came up short at the end,” the Monte coach concluded. “We played well as a team, there was energy and enthusiasm all through the day with all 11 players.”

The Bulldogs return to Evergreen 1A League competition Tuesday at home against Forks.


Wolves 2, Bobcats 1

TUMWATER — Countering an Aberdeen goal with one of its own, Black Hills nipped the Bobcats in an Evergreen 2A Conference contest Saturday at Tumwater Stadium.

The Bobcats (4-5, 5-9) tied it at 1-all when freshman Abbie Bradt converted a through pass from Tayler Housden in the 33rd minute.

Black Hills, however, answered almost immediately and maintained the margin to the end.

Aberdeen coach Ryan Housden missed the contest due to illness.

Bobcat assistant Kelly Stewart applauded his team for playing with “great energy” against the favored Wolves (8-1, 13-2).

“It was a very equal match. I wouldn’t say either team dominated,” Stewart said. “We took care of the ball.”

Alex Wilson and the other Aberdeen defenders were commended for fine play.

The Bobcats close out league play Tuesday at Rochester.


Red Devils 2, Chokers 0

KALAMA — Lower Columbia scored once in each half to top Grays Harbor College in an NWAC Western Division contest Saturday at Chinook Stadium.

Grays Harbor goalkeeper Emily Bjornsgard made 12 saves.

The Chokers (0-12, 1-14-1) host Bellevue on Wednesday.