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Swimmers were back in the water May 20 at Seaside, as the Gulls hosted a Cowapa League meet with Valley Catholic at Sunset Pool.

The teams split the team scoring, with Valley Catholic winning the girls' side, 50-36, and the Seaside boys defeating the Valiants 124-30.

“Our last time in the water was exactly 15 months from today at state,” said Seaside coach Shane Spell. “We didn't have the excitement and energy boost of spectators cheering, but still a nice return. A few first-meet-of-the-year jitters, but a lot of strong swims as well.”

Both girls' teams had small numbers, “but we'll have a few more available starting next week,” Spell said of the Lady Gulls. “Emily Philbrook and Emma Arden just came off a state golf appearance and contributed in multiple events. Nicole Blankenhorn stepped up and filled some new roles as our flyer in the medley relay and debuting in the 100-yard breaststroke.”

The Seaside boys were able to fill every event, and “should be able to continue that throughout the season,” said the coach. “We should be able to move student-athletes around to give them a variety of opportunities.”

Astoria hosts the Seaside/Warrenton team for a dual meet Thursday at the Astoria Aquatic Center.

Seaside hosts Tillamook for another meet, and from there, multiple teams will swim at one location, with results combined with opponent's results taking place at other facilities on the same day, Spell said.

“We've always talked about racing yourself, and this puts that into action as you can't just rely on what's happening in that particular heat.”

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