Make it seven titles for McIntyre

Oak Harbor’s Missy McIntyre ended a stellar high school in appropriate fashion on Saturday afternoon, claiming two more state titles.

“It was great, but it hasn’t completely hit me yet that I’m completely done and I won’t be going to state next November,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre’s victory in the 100 breaststroke provided her fourth career state title in the event and her 50 freestyle victory was her third, giving her a total of seven state championships.

Her finals breaststroke time of 1 minute, 2.80 seconds didn’t match her state record 1:02.02, but it was good enough for another automatic All-American mark and fifth fastest time in state history.

McIntyre was targeting the national high school record of 1:00.41, but earning her sixth and seventh state titles seemed to overshadow not getting the record.

“I was a little (disappointed),” McIntyre said. “I’m really just happy with winning and getting two more state titles.”

McIntyre’s 50 free time of 23.28 was also an All-American time.

To go along with her state titles McIntyre was given the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association swimmer of the year award for the second straight year.

“It was given to me by the announcers that have been doing my meets since I was 11 so that was pretty special,” McIntyre said.

The Wildcats’ Kyrie Russell also had a solid day at state, claiming 10th in the 100 breast (1:08.00) and 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:01.28).

The only other individual swimmer, Julia Marriott, took 23rd in the 200 IM at 2:22.41.

The Wildcats’ 200 free relay of Russell, Marriott, Lillian Brunner and McIntyre finished 14th at 1:45.57. The 200 medley was disqualified on the final exchange of the relay.

Oak Harbor finished 16th overall as a team.

“All the girls went out and did their best,” OHHS head coach Jeanette Dorantes said. “We had some good swims and some OK swims, but overall the girls all tried hard and put their best effort into the meet.”

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