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Girls win 123-16, boys rally but fall 87-77 to Broncos Thursday, Dec. 7, in Portland

PHOTO CREDIT: CHELSIE ORR - The Lions boys' and girls' swim teams pose for a photo in their season opener at Parkrose.

The Lions girls had the afternoon of their dreams Thursday, Dec. 7, at Parkrose in Portland.

"[I'm] so proud of the Lions swimmers," St. Helens coach Chelsie Orr said. "The girls won 123-16: Olive Owens, Olea Opdahl and Heather Chambers went one, two, three in the 100 freestyle. First-year swimmers Lydia Rose and Isabella Nelson got their best times by three and four [respective] seconds in their 50 freestyle."

In boys' competition, the going proved more difficult.

"The boys had a harder feat to overcome and just about did," Orr said. "Caleb Rickert, Jake Maher, Ryan Maher and Chase Parkhurst came from behind to win the 200 medley relay [in] 1:56.57. Freshman Jake Maher and sophomore Cooper Montgomery took first and second in the 500 free, and again in the 100 breaststroke. Cooper Montgomery, Rickert, Ryan Maher and Parkhurst ended the meet by coming from behind to win the 400 free relay by over 10 seconds. It wasn't enough to beat Parkrose, however, and they lost 87-77."

St. Helens is scheduled to host Wilsonville -- whose boys are back from winning the Class 5A championship and whose girls tied for 10th -- at 4 p.m. Thursday at Eisenschmidt Pool.

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