Stitt gets his record in swim prelims

The Sunset senior quells a year of anticipation by snapping a 29-year-old mark
Feb. 15, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Cameron, right, and sister Nina celebrate Friday night.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

After a year of waiting, Sunset senior Cameron Stitt finally found his way into the OSAA record books by establishing a new record in the 500-yard freestyle at the state swim championships at Mt. Hood Community College Friday night.

Stitt swam the 20-lap race in 4 minutes, 25.21 seconds, beating the record set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984 by more than two seconds. Stitt had missed the record of 4:27.33 by 0.51 seconds last year. He spent all year preparing for a record try and set out to make it happen in the preliminaries rather than the final.

"I wanted to get the record tonight, to get it out of the way," Stitt said. "I felt very good at the start of the race, and just finished well.

"It feels good to have gotten that."

Sunset qualified first in four of the 11 races to more than set itself as the favorite to repeat as boys champion.

Sunset and West Linn continue to figure as the top girls contenders.

WIth Stitt's new record in the 500 free, Lauren Thies of Lincoln holds the oldest swim record at the state championship meet having swam 4:47.34 in the 500 free in 1997.

Joni Huntley holds the oldest individual record in either swimming or track and field, having cleared 6 feet in the high jump in 1974 while at Sheridan. The record has been equalled, but not surpassed.