Undermanned CCR swimmers upend Bobcats

Even a huge advantage in roster size wasn’t quite enough for Aberdeen’s swimmers.

Outnumbered 19-9, the Centralia-Chehalis-Rochester combine used its first-place punch to nip the Bobcats, 91-89, in an Evergreen 2A Conference girls swim meet Wednesday at the YMCA of Grays Harbor.

The Bobcats were originally announced poolside as 89-73 winners. Two scoring mistakes were subsequently discovered, however, swinging the nod to the visitors.

Although Rochester is still listed as one of the entities, this year’s CCR squad hails exclusively from Centralia and Chehalis.

The Bobcats (2-3, 2-4) were without three swimmers due to illness. Even before the scoring change, however, Bobcat coach Jan Simons was underwhelmed by her team’s performance.

“We’ve got to come to the party here,” Simons said. “A lot of it is competitive attitude. They want to do well, but we need a little more grit.”

Despite surrendering 10 uncontested points in diving, CCR compensated for its lack of numbers by winning 9 of 12 events.

Aberdeen’s last event win came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, in which the team of Danielle Rowe, Keola Holt, Linnea Davison and Shayna Wilson easily prevailed with a time of 1:55.99. That gave the Bobcats — who had been piling up points on second through fourth-place finishes — a 68-66 lead.

The meet was tied at 83 entering the concluding 400 free relay. The CCR foursome of Gabrielle Godlewski, Keesha Matz and Kelly and Lindsey Giffey led throughout and was never threatened.

Wilson and Holt went 1-2 in the 50 free.

Aberdeen’s other victory came in diving, where Naomi Wolfenberger and Amber Rosche´ went 1-2 with fine scores.

Wilson attained personal-best times in all of her events. Simons also cited the performances of Samantha Sampson (who earned a district-qualifying mark in the 100 backstroke), Darryl Craig and Jordan Wolfe.

The Bobcats will compete in the Mukilteo Invitational on Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.


200 medley relay — 2:10.97 — CCR (Godlewski, K. Giffey, Matz, L. Giffey), Aberdeen, CCR. 200 free — 2:11.68 — Godlewski (CCR), Matz (CCR), Davison (A), West (A), Johnson (CCR). 200 IM — 2:26.23 — Highet (CCR), L. Giffey (CCR), Rowe (A), Butcher (A), Craig (A). 50 free — 28.37 — Wilson (A), Holt (A), Fraley (CCR), Hurd (A), Baerny (CCR). Diving — 161.30 — Wolfenberger (A), Rosche´(A). 100 fly — 1:09.86 — Matz (CCR), Fraley (CCR), Davison (A), Butcher (A), Craig (A).

100 free — 58.46 — K. Giffey (CCR), Wilson (A), Holt (A), Hurd (A), Baerny (CCR). 500 free — 5:34.81 — Godlewski (CCR), L. Giffey (CCR), West (A), Bortel (A), Mellon-Jackson (A). 200 free relay — 1:55.99 — Aberdeen (Rowe, Holt, Davison, Wilson), CCR, Aberdeen. 100 back — 1:06.24 — K. Giffey (CCR), Bortel (A), Otkins-Kane (CCR), Sampson (A), Giron (A). 100 breast — 1:16.38 — Highet (CCR), Rowe (A), Wolfenberger (A), Johnson (CCR), Rosche´(A). 400 free relay — 4:15.65 — CCR (Godlewski, K. Giffey, Matz, L. Giffey), Aberdeen, Aberdeen.