By Jeremy McDonald
ALBANY, Ore.–For 10 years, swimming has been apart of Stayton’s Sadie Mak’s life, and on Saturday’s final hurrah at the 1A-4A Special District Swim Meet; the senior made the most of what could be her last series of races of her prep career.
“Its scary, I’ve been swimming for 10 years so it’s like it’s my last time,” said Mak.
And sure she did.
She finished second in the 50 yard freestyle, finishing behind Sweet Home’s Megan Hager.
“It feels really electric and exciting,” said Mak on the finish. “It felt really good to go PR and do my best.”
The Senior then went on to take another second-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle with a 58.13, finishing second once more to Hager who won the 100 meter in 53.83.
Fast forward to the final event of the girls and for Mak:
The 400 yard Freestyle Relay.
The Senior, along with freshman Hannah Mitzel, sophomore sister Megan Mak and freshman Sydney Maurer stood behind the starting block for one last run together.
The Senior Mak stepped on the block to start the race for the Lady Eagle swimmers for the first leg, the first 100 yards, of the 400 yard race.
When the gun went off and went dove into the 12-foot deep end at the pool at Albany Community Pool, she was off and going.
Four minutes and seventeen seconds later, the Stayton 400 relay team found themselves fifth. The placing handed their lone senior on the relay team her fourth medal of districts, second with a relay team (200 yard Medley was the other)
As the senior takes some pictures with teammates with her medals around her neck, she hopes that her teammates have the same passion for swimming as she did during her time in the pool.
“I hope that they still try hard and find passions in swimming because it’s really fun once you get to love it,” said Mak.
Other notables from Districts featured Megan Mak finishing fourth in the 100 butterfly along with the 200-yard Medley relay team. Josh Placek finished sixth in the 100 butterfly along with helping the 200-yard medley team finish third.
From that guy’s Medley team in Chris Linton, Linton finished third in the 500-yard race and Eric Seitz too finished third in the 100 yard Breaststroke.
Linton and Seitz would help the 400-yard relay to a third-place finish in the District finals.
Megan Mak almost outdid her older sister by finishing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly to go with her 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle medals as well.
Maurer added a sixth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle to go with her 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley finishes. The 200 yard Freestyle team of Ikaika Toyama, Troy Saari, Zachary Joyce and Braden Ballard finished sixth