Lake Oswego girls place sixth at state swim meet
The Lake Oswego girls swim team did not win the biggest headlines at last week's Class 6A state swim meet.
No, those went to 6A state champion Sunset, runner-up Jesuit and third-place Lakeridge, the Three Rivers League champion.
But the Lakers — quietly, solidly and consistently — went about their business at the state meet and eventually finished as the state's sixth-best team. The state meet was held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
The Apollos won their second straight team crown on Saturday, finishing the meet with 207 points to edge runner-up Jesuit's 205.5. Those teams were followed at the top of the standings by Lakeridge with 158, South Eugene at 85, West Linn with 84 and Lake Oswego at 63.5.
"The whole thing has just been super fun," said Lake Oswego junior Grace Marshall, who finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. "It was a great time. It was just score points, win, do all you can do. It's a good way to end the season."
In addition to Marshall's success in the breaststroke, the Lakers saw their 200 freestyle relay team step up to finish in sixth place at 1 minute, 43.12 seconds. That team included Marshall, junior Maya Clydesdale, junior Alyssa Gustaff and sophomore Haily Oldham. Sunset's girls won the event at 1:34.54.
In the 100 breaststroke, Marshall stepped up to swim a personal record time of 1:06.22 and finish sixth. While she admitted that she would have liked to have finished higher, Marshall acknowledged the talent of the field, led by Aloha sophomore winner Kaitlyn Dobler and her state meet-record time of 59.89.
"I'm glad that I had my last race and got my best time. It was pretty good," Marshall said. "It was really fun. I was looking to place higher than sixth, but I'm happy with it. I'm good with the best time."
Other Lake Oswego highlights included: Clydesdale, eighth in the 100 backstroke at 59.28 and 10th in the 50 freestyle at 25.36; junior Maddie Eller, ninth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.46; and Gustaff, 10th in the 500 freestyle at 5:19.46.