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PORTLAND, Oregon (July 24) -- It’s a family affair for Century High outgoing senior Luke Thornbrue when it comes to the Oregon Sports Awards.
Thornbrue’s older sister, Ellie, captured the Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year honor in 2015 and 2016 while also competing for the Jaguars. And on Wednesday, it was the younger sibling’s turn to etch his name into the record books.
Thornbrue was crowned the Prep Boys Swimmer of the Year by the Oregon Sports Awards voting panel over fellow finalists Ben Miller (Tigard) and Trent Martinez (Jesuit). He appeared on NBC Sports Northwest’s “The Noe Show” with Brian Noe on Wednesday to accept his award. Click here to view a behind-the-scenes look at Thornbrue’s time on the air.
Sport Oregon, which manages the Oregon Sports Awards, and NBC Sports Northwest have partnered to announce all single-sport prep award winners on “The Noe Show” throughout July. Future announcements can also be picked up live on KJOR Rip City Radio 620.
Thornbrue first staked his claim for the award at the 6A Boys Swimming Championships in February. He finished with the most NICSA power points (327) of any swimmer and broke his own all-classification state record in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.27).
Thornbrue nearly broke the state record in the 500-yard freestyle at the meet as well. His time (4:26.04) was less than one second off the record (4:25.21).
His pair of first-place finishes were responsible for 20 of the Jaguars’ 22 points at the state meet. Century finished 12th out of 27 teams.
Thornbrue was active on the club swimming scene during the 2018-2019 season. He swam for the Hillsboro HEAT and competed at the U.S. Speedo Junior Nationals and Speedo Champions series.
His 2018 club season was highlighted by 11th and 17th-place finishes, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle at the U.S. Speedo Junior Nationals.
In May, Thornbrue advanced to the finals in four events (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m fly) at the Mel Zajac Junior National Swim Meet and Speedo Junior Championships.
He is the No. 2 overall class of 2019 boys swimming prospect in Oregon, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
To be eligible to receive an Oregon Sports Award, an athlete must compete for an Oregon Schools Activities Association member school. For full nomination criteria and a list of past Prep Swimmers of the year, click here.
Thornbrue will now head to South Bend, Indiana to continue his swimming career at Notre Dame. He is expected to immediately compete for the Irish. Thornbrue’s 1,500-meter freestyle time (15:58.01) would have placed 17th at the 2018 ACC Championships.
Sport Oregon and NBC Sports Northwest presented Kaitlyn Dobler (Aloha) with the Prep Girls Swimmer of the Year award for the second consecutive year on Tuesday. Dobler, too, was a finalist for the Johnny Carpenter 6A/5A Prep Girls Athlete of the Year honor.
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