West Linn girls swimmers should be better in 2017-18
The West Linn girls swim team is a bit of a mixed bag this year.
The Lions bring back some proven, Three Rivers League-tested talent, but will also rely on a trio of talented freshman.
That said, if West Linn can get the mix right, the Lions believe they'll be able to compete in the 2017-18 TRL season.
"I think we should be similar to last year and maybe even a little higher with the freshmen we have coming in," said West Linn coach Katie Wilson, whose team finished seventh among nine teams at the 2017 TRL district meet.
This year's West Linn team will be led by junior Katelyn Laderoute (she was the district champion in the 200-yard individual medley a year ago and also qualified for state in the 100 backstroke), sophomore Maggie Metcalf (she qualified for state in the 100 butterfly), and the freshman trio of Audrey Chun, Gabby Calvi and Reem Alharithi.
Laderoute, who swam to second place in the 200-yard IM and fifth in the backstroke at the 2017 Class 6A state meet, "should be really good again," Wilson said, adding that Metcalf (she'll swim the butterfly, 50 and 100 freestyle, and backstroke) "should be better at district and state because she was sick last year."
Among the team's new freshmen, Chun will swim the freestyle and backstroke, Calvi will compete in the 100 and 200 freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, and Alharithi will swim the 50 and 100 free, backstroke and breaststroke.
This year's team will also include sophomore Gabrielle Garcia (she qualified for state as a member of the 200 medley relay team last year), and senior team captains Amanda Blanc-Gonnet and Giselle Guerra.
The Lions already have wins over both Sherwood and St. Mary's, while Tualatin has beaten West Linn this year and should, along with Lakeridge, be among the TRL's better teams.