The Lebanon High swimming program got to host a bonus meet this season.
The Lebanon Community Pool welcomed seven squads on Friday for the Newport Invite. The meet was originally scheduled to be held at the coast, but was moved to Lebanon because the Newport pool was not available.
Lebanon coach Gus Arzner said Newport’s coaches contacted him in November to see if it might be possible to switch the location of the meet. He credited assistant coach Jim Knaup for doing a lot of the work to make the event possible.
“We had to do a number of things to make it happen,” Arzner said. “Jim Knaup on staff here just does an excellent job. … He really worked hard to put this together.”
Sweet Home won the girls meet with 382.5 points and Lebanon was second at 268.
Newport won the boys meet with 289 points, followed by Taft (235) and Lebanon (199).
Arzner is pleased with the progress his squad has made in the past few weeks.
“We’ve been swimming well, we’ve been swimming strong. We’re improving times pretty much across the board,” Arzner said. “It’s got me a little nervous as we head into rest-out for districts that we may have swum all of our fast times. I hope that’s not the case, usually it’s not.”
Lebanon got two individual wins in the girls meet. Ellie McMasters won the 100 butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 7.96 seconds. She also placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (30.21).
Elizabeth Beck took first in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:32.61. She also placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:25.58).
“Ellie McMasters, a senior this year, new to our program, she’s really come on strong. I’m very pleased with her swims,” Arzner said.
For the boys, the Warriors 200 freestyle relay team of Logan Rash, Daniel Pearson, Nathan Gaston and Drew Charley topped the field with a time of 1:42.24.
“Freshman Daniel Pearson is really bringing his times down and senior Nathan Gaston is swimming very well for us,” Arzner said.
Pearson was seventh in the 200 IM (2:29.42) and was fourth in the 100 freestyle (57.28).
Gaston finished third in the 200 freestyle (2:08.24) and was sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.14).
Drew Charley placed second in the 50 freestyle (24.77) and was third in the 100 freestyle (54.08).
“We’re expecting a lot from our senior Drew Charley. Right now, he’s pretty rugged swimming right now but we hope he’ll rest out and swim well for us,” Arzner said.
The Warriors went through a rough patch earlier this season with illness. As the team has regained its health Arzner has grown more optimistic about its potential.
“I’m looking forward to a good district meet for our team,” he said.
Lebanon was scheduled to host Corvallis in a dual meet on Tuesday. The Warriors will hold their final meet of the regular season on Friday against Churchill at the Lebanon Community Pool.
Girls team scores: Sweet Home 382.5, Lebanon 268, Newport 238, Taft 151, Sisters 116, Toledo 63, Valley Catholic 45