Roseburg’s 200 freestyle relay team of Robert Gosman, Jaime Brown, Hunter Agsten and Tanner Todd comes in to the Oregon School Activities Association Swimming Championships with the second fastest time at 1:29.21. Only Sunset is faster at 1:28.50.
But when the Roseburg swimmers swim in the preliminaries Friday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, they will be focused on two things: beating the school record (1:28.72) and bringing home the gold.
“Our focus is the school record and we have a plan,” Roseburg coach Christy Todd said. “If we execute the plan we’ll swim faster than the record.”
The swim will likely come down to hundredths of a second, which means the team has been focusing on getting all the little details right in the final week before the state meet.
“We each get our own lane and we make sure the technique is there,” Gosman said. “We make sure everything is solid; turns, starts. All the little things.”
The boys’ 400 free relay time of 3:18.92 might have won it the district title, but it put them in as the 10th seed at state. The top team, Jesuit, is more than eight seconds faster.
Roseburg’s 400 free relay of Agsten, Zachary Traul, Tanner Todd and Gosman is scheduled to swim its preliminary heat at 11:08 a.m. Friday.
Agsten and Tanner Todd fell just short of getting wildcard entries to the state championship in their individual events.
“My focus is now on breaking that school record in the 200 free relay,” Agsten said.
Coach Todd added, “It’s hard to bounce back after swimming individual events and then do a relay, so this may be a good thing when we’re trying to break the school record.”
Gosman and Brighid Rickman were the only Roseburg swimmers to make it to the state championships for individual events. Both of them qualified for the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Rickman will be the first Roseburg swimmer to go to the starting blocks at the OSAA Class 6A Swimming Championships at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
The sophomore will compete at 9:34 a.m. Friday in the 50 freestyle.
“We swim better in the morning,” Christy Todd said.
Rickman comes into the 50 free with the ninth-best time at 25.02.
Rickman’s 55.30 earned her a 13th seed for the state meet. The top six swimmers will advance to the A-finals, while placers seven through 12 will swim the B-finals.
“My goal is to get to the B-finals,” Rickman said. “I have to move up a little bit, but I think I can do it.”
Since Rickman is the only girl to qualify for the state championships she’s been practicing alongside the boys and she’s hoping that the faster practice pace will help her break some personal records.
“Brighid’s goals will be to swim a sub 25 in the 50 free and break the 55 second barrier in the 100,” coach Todd said. “Those are actually very common swim barriers.”
Rickman’s seed times are her personal records and the times she swam at the Southwest Conference district meet.
Gosman comes into the boys’ 50 free with the eighth fastest time at 21.90. His 47.94 in the 100 free puts him in sixth heading into the prelims.
“I’m going for the school record and making it to the A-finals,” Gosman said.
The athletes will know whether they’re competing in Saturday’s finals before noon.