Lake Oswego girls splash past Sherwood 96-74
So far, it's been so far, so good for the Lake Oswego girls swim team.
The Lakers won their third straight Three Rivers League meet last week, racing past Sherwood 96-74 at Lake Oswego District Pool on Jan. 4.
"What it really comes down to is who can swim the fastest and who can win events so I'm glad that we figured it out," said Lake Oswego junior Grace Marshall, winner of the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly.
"It's been fantastic. I couldn't ask for better," added senior team captain Anne Rodgers, the second-place finisher in the 50 freestyle and fourth-place finisher in the 100 free. "We have a pretty good record. I couldn't honestly ask for more than this. It's going to be a great season."
With the win, the Lakers improved to 3-0 in Three Rivers League action, while the Lady Bowmen fell to 2-2 with the loss.
In addition to Marshall's success, the Lakers also got two wins each from juniors Alyssa Gustaff and Maya Clydesdale. Marshall took the 200 IM with a winning time of 2 minutes, 21.10 seconds, then came back two events later, this time with a winning mark of 1:05.01 (with Sherwood's Hunter Stewart a close second at 1:06.79).
"It went good. Just having fun while I'm swimming is the most important thing," Marshall said. "Winter break was nice, I'm not going to lie, break was nice, but it's good to get back in it."
Gustaff made her mark in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, taking top honors in the 200 with a winning time of 2:05.28 (to win by almost 17 seconds) and setting the pace in the 500 free at 5:34.31 to beat second-place teammate Madelin Eller's 5:42.64.
Clydesdale, meanwhile, topped the 50 free with a mark of 26.59 (with Rodgers second 28.32), and came back later to win the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.42.
"I was out of town (during break), so I'm still getting back in shape … but the 50 felt really good," Rodgers said. "I still had the energy. The energy was still there."
The Lakers also got wins from: the 200 medley relay team of Clydesdale, Eller, Haily Oldham and Marshall at 1:56.94; Oldham, a sophomore, in the 100 free at 57.78; the 200 freestyle relay team of Marshall, Rodgers, Gustaff and Oldham in 1:50.17; Eller, a junior, in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.39 (with Oldham a close second at 1:10.72); and the 400 free relay team of Clydesdale, Elizabeth Bell, Eller and Gustaff at 4:03.69.
Next up, the Lakers host West Linn at Lake Oswego District Pool at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.