St. Helens swimming races toward Northwest Oregon Conference finish
The Lions are ready for breakthroughs just before the Northwest Oregon Conference Championships.
With three meets left until then, their next opportunity is the Sandy Invitational scheduled for 9 a.m. and set to include Milwaukie and Wilsonville Saturday at the Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center.
"I feel like my times could be faster," St. Helens senior Chase Parkhurst said. "Not having a lot of practices over the [winter] break was hard, but [coach] Chelsie [Orr] has raised the bar on the workouts, so my times should start to drop again. Hopefully, with a lot of work in the weight room and in the pool, my times will drop drastically by districts [Feb. 9-10 at Parkrose High School in Portland]."
In the meantime, the boys (89 points) and girls (87) both came up sixth at the Riverhawk Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6, in The Dalles as La Grande's girls (260) and boys (256) swept the meets.
"Things are going great this season," Lions senior Taskca Benjamin said. "I feel that I've gotten better, and training is really helping me beat my goals."
La Salle Prep's visiting Northwest Oregon champion girls beat St. Helens 105-66 and the Falcons boys raced to a 102-67 win Thursday, Jan. 4, at Eisenschmidt Pool, so the Lions can see what they're up against.
"I feel good about this year," senior Caleb Rickert said. "Every team has its ups and downs, but it's the good that we all experience that makes us better and stronger. I feel confident in our ability to make this a good end to the season."