Swimming: Molalla lights up league opponents at second home meet
Molalla's swim team lit up the field of swimmers at their second home meet of the season last Friday, garnering three first-place finishes and 12 top-three finishes.
Individual standouts for the Indians were sophomores Cori Oster and Linden Mackenzie, who took first place finishes in the Girls' 100 Yard Backstroke and Boys' 50 Yard Freestyle, respectively. Oster clocked a time of one minute, 12.91 seconds, while Mackenzie beat his previously seeded time by three-tenths of a second as he clocked a 25.60 in the 50 Freestyle.
Taking the third first-place finish was the Girls' 200 Yard Medley Relay team (Abby Harth, Alisha Issa, Janiece Moore, and Oster), which clocked a time of two minutes, 16.41 seconds to beat out Blanchet Catholic's team by a little more than a second.
Oster also took second in the Girls' 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of six minutes, 5.47 seconds; her first and last legs of 50 yards were her fastest of the race.
Mackenzie also grabbed a second-place finish in the Boys' 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 58.15 seconds, and helped the Boys' 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team (Bryce Webber, Ben Hamilton, Garrett Abeln, Mackenzie), to a second-place finish with a time of one minute, 48.61 seconds, barely a second behind Blanchet Catholic's team.
Alisha Issa had a solid meet as well, grabbing two second-place finishes in the Girls' 100 Yard Butterfly and 50 Yard Freestyle, with times of one minute, 9.51 seconds and 28.65 seconds, respectively.
Rounding out the top finishers were Garrett Abeln, who grabbed second in the Boys' 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of two minutes, 52.34 seconds; Bryce Webber with a second-place finish in the Boys' 500 Yard Freestyle with a time of six minutes, 55.25 seconds; Max Kavanagh with a third-place finish in the Boys' 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of three minutes, 6.84 seconds; and the Boys' 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team (Webber, Hamilton, Abeln, Mackenzie), which took third place with a time of four minutes, 7.42 seconds. Nearly nine seconds faster than their seeded time.
Up next for the Indians is a meet at Salem Academy on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. After the holiday break, Molalla will return for another home meet on Friday, Jan. 5.
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