McIntyre breaks own state record

Nearly one year ago, Oak Harbor High School senior Missy McIntyre broke the state’s oldest swimming record in the 100 breaststroke.

Saturday afternoon at the district championships in Marysville, McIntyre surpassed her own record in the event, finishing with a new state-best 1 minute, 2.02 seconds. Her record time last year was 1:02.39.

“It was really exciting,” OHHS head coach Jeanette Dorantes said. “Everyone at the pool was cheering for her.”

McIntyre, who also won the 50 freestyle (23.65), will shoot for new state records in both events on Friday when she returns to the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way for her fourth state meet appearance.

“In the last three years Missy has been able to cut between 1.4 seconds to 2.37 seconds off of her district swims when competing in the state’s Federal Way pool,” father Mike McIntyre said. “It will be interesting to see what she does next weekend at state.”

A national record time of 1:00.41 in the 100 breaststroke is not out of the question.

As a team Oak Harbor also put forth a solid performance, placing third overall in the district. The Cats produced 171 team points, behind Snohomish (386) and Lake Stevens (219).

Sophomore Kyrie Russell earned a trip to state gathering qualifying times in the 100 butterfly (1:01.14) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.73). Sophomore Julia Marriott will also compete as an individual, learning Sunday that she received a wild card spot in the 200 individual medley.

To go along with three individual competitors, the Wildcats are also sending both the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. McIntyre, Russell and Marriott are on both teams, with the addition of Stacy Kallander on the 200 medley and Lillian Brunner on the 200 free.

“We now have three girls going in individual events and two relays going,” Dorantes said. “We are going down there to do our best and break our current times.”

The state meet prelims begin at noon, Friday, Nov. 12 with the finals held the following day at 11:30 a.m.


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