Casey McEuen will look to finish in style at the OSAA 5A state swim meet this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
The Lebanon High senior, who is headed to UNLV to swim in college after graduating in June, will also attempt a difficult back-to-back.
McEuen is seeded first in the boys 50-yard freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly — back-to-back events — as well as being the anchor for the Warriors’ 200 and 400 free relay teams that are seeded first.
The prelims take place Friday with the top six based on time advancing to Saturday’s finals. The 5A finals start at 6:45 p.m.
McEuen, who set state records in winning titles in the 50 and 100 freestyles last season, said the turnaround between the 50 free and 100 fly is not easy, and he hasn’t really done it since his freshman season.
“I haven’t known what this kind of pain feels like, physically, since then,” McEuen said during Saturday’s Mid-Willamette Conference district meet. “It’s definitely one of the harder turnarounds in high school swimming.”
McEuen was dominant in winning both events on Saturday, setting meet records in both.
McEuen is seeded first in both events and has a second and a half faster qualifying time (50.74-52.26) entering the prelims for the fly than Bend’s Kurt Felder, the No. 2 seed.
“It all comes down to training,” McEuen said. “If you train well, then you’re going to be prepared for that kind of turnaround.
“I think I’m set up well.”
Lebanon’s Drew Charley is seeded 10th in the 200 free, Jonathan Yordy fifth in the 200 IM and Hunter Franco ninth in the 100 free.
The Warriors’ 200 medley relay is seeded eighth, while the 200 and 400 free relays are first.
South Albany’s Nathaniel Young advanced based on his district time and is seeded 11th in the 100 breaststroke.
On the girls side, Lebanon’s Elizabeth Beck is seeded sixth in the 500 free and 10th in the 200 IM.
The Warriors’ 200 free relay is one of four MWC teams to advance, coming in 10th while the 400 free is also one of four MWC teams in the field at ninth.
South Albany’s 200 medley relay is seeded 10th.
Fresh off winning the Greater Valley Conference district girls meet on Saturday, West Albany will have two individuals and two relays in the prelims of the 6A meet on Friday.
Bailey Dickerson is seeded fifth in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 back, while Eve Vetter is seeded 11th in the 100 fly and 17th in the 200 IM.
West’s 200 medley relay is seeded seventh and the 200 free relay is fifth. Saturday’s finals are set for 8:15 a.m.
On the boys side, Kieran Van Horsen is seeded 15th in the 100 free and 18th in the 200 free, Eric Formiller is 17th in the 50 free and Braxtron Reece 17th in the 100 fly.
West is seeded eighth in the 200 free relay.
Sweet Home took home the 4A boys and girls state titles last season, but the Huskies will have a tough time repeating.
The prelims for the 4A meet are Friday with the top six finishers based on time advance to Friday’s finals, set for 2 p.m.
While a team championship could be out of reach for the girls, who have won two straight, the Huskies have some individuals who could take home titles.
Megan Hager is seeded first in the 50 free and the 100 free and Lauren Yon is second in the 200 IM and the 500 free. Hager won the 100 title last season while Yon won the 200 IM, as well as the 100 breast.
Mia Davis and Sarah Hewitt are both swimming in two events. Davis is fifth in the 200 free and sixth in the 500 free. Hewitt is sixth in the 200 free and the 100 back.
The Huskies’ 200 medley relay is seeded third and the 400 free relay first.
On the boys side, Rawlins Lupoli is seeded third in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 IM. Rowland Lupoli is second in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free. Stewart Curtis is 10th in the 100 free.
The Huskies’ 200 medley relay is fourth, the 200 free relay second and the 400 free relay ninth.