ASTORIA — Seven high school swim teams gathered Dec. 8 for an annual swim meet, held every year to honor the memory of one young swimmer who died just over 20 years ago.

The Astoria Aquatic Center was the pool, and the Astoria Fishermen were the hosts for the 2018 Andrew Nygaard Invitational — or, more affectionately called “Andrew’s Meet,” by those who still remember the young, talented swimmer who still holds several North Coast Swim Club age group records.

As always, the Nygaard family was in attendance for the annual meet, an early-season gathering that gives more than a few District 1 teams the chance to see what everyone else has got for the new season.

While Newport may have an eventual say in the matter, Valley Catholic and Taft were the most successful teams in Saturday’s meet, as both the Valiants and Tigers left with a team trophy.

Valley Catholic won the girls’ team championship with 74 points, followed by Taft (70), Astoria (56) and Seaside (51). And Taft swam away with the boys’ trophy, scoring 106 points to top Valley Catholic (70), Astoria (69) and Seaside (25).

Other competing schools were Rainier, Tillamook and Toledo.

The Seagulls had two victories, just minutes apart.

Seaside freshman Nicole Blankenhorn teamed with Kaisa Liljenwall, Cailin Bennett and Anna Huddleston to win the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay in 2:05.24, edging Tillamook at the wall.

One event later, Seaside senior Kendy Lin swam a 1:10.88 to win the 100-yard backstroke.

Lin added a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle (2:19.71), while Seaside sophomore Henry Garvin had the second-fastest time (25.93 seconds) out of 38 entries in the boys’ 50-yard freestyle.

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