Crimson Tide swimmers capture first-place finishes in nine of the 11 individual events

FOREST GROVE – Ready to go.

That’s where Glencoe stands after tuning up for next week’s Pacific Conference district swim meet with a final dual meet of the season on Tuesday against Forest Grove. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Nathan Bennett anchors Glencoe's winning 400-yard freestyle relay team during Tuesday's conference dual meet against Forest Grove.

While the girls dropped a pretty close contest 98-71, the boys won nine of the 11 individual events and broke through for a 91-65 victory, their first dual win of the year.

“They did wonderful,” Glencoe coach Amy Powers said about her squads afterward. “They’ve been working so hard. This is a great way to end our season.”

Logan Frank, Brendan Andersen and Nathan Bennett led the way, picking up two individual wins apiece. Those three also made up three-quarters of the Tide’s winning 200-yard medley relay team, and Frank and Bennett also swam on the fastest 400 freestyle relay team.

Bennett, a sophomore, won the 50 free in 24.06 seconds and followed up with another first in the 100 free in 54.35.

“He is such a talented sprinter,” Powers said. “It’s just really fun to watch him.”

Frank added depth in the other freestyle races, topping the field in his trademark distances — the 200 (1:55.37) and 500 free (5:16.55).

He and Bennett teamed with Brendan Andersen and Elijah Blair to take the medley relay in 1:51.98, and with Blair and Jonathan Napier for the win in the 400 free relay in 3:51.04.

“Not a best for the season, but decent heading into districts,” was how Frank, who placed 12th in the 500 free at state last year, assessed his performance.

Andersen picked up his solo victories in the 100 butterfly (1:03.99) and 100 backstroke (1:05.49).

Glencoe’s other event-winner was Stone Westergaard in the 200 individual medley (2:26.85).

The Tide girls did not quite match the boys with a team victory, but they did hang close to a Vikings squad that picked up its fourth win in a row. The girls earned four event wins as well as seven runner-up finishes and four third places, and they trailed the home team just 51-44 six races in.

Maya Ahluwalia, Anna Pagel and Amy Benedict all flashed fine form, racing to one win and one second-place finish each in individual events. They also hooked up with Hannah Ahluwalia to take the meet finale, the 400 free relay, in 4:12.27.

Benedict was a winner in the 50 free (28.00), and she finished second to Prudence Rooker — the reigning Class 6A state champ — in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.89.

After Pagel (2:07.49) lost to Alondra Martinez (2:07.03) in the 200 free by less than half a second, she turned the tables on the 100 free field, just edging out Forest Grove’s Rachael Van Loo for first, 1:00.29 to 1:00.77.

Maya Ahluwalia (2:26.78) led teammate Lucy Ellis (2:29.63) to a 1-2 finish in the 200 IM and finished second in the 100 back in 1:08.63, while sister Hannah Ahluwalia added runner-up results in the 100 fly (1:05.43) and 500 free (5:38.43).

“The girls have stepped up so wonderfully,” Powers noted. “All of our girls are freshmen and sophomores, so we have a real young team, so I’m just tickled that they just did so well this season.”

Next up for the Tide — along with city rivals Century and Hillsboro — is the Pacific Conference district meet, slated for Feb. 14-15 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. Preliminaries will be staged next Friday starting at 12:30 p.m., while the championship and consolation finals will follow on Saturday at 2. Tickets will cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.

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