West Linn swimmers sweep past Tigard
The West Linn swim teams may have started their meet against Tigard last week on a downer, but they finished on a decided "up" note.
The Lions, swimming against the Tigers at Tigard Swim Center on Jan. 25, saw both of their teams disqualified in the day's first event, the 200-yard medley relay, but rallied back impressively after that.
The West Linn boys saw their second team win the medley relay, took firsts in eight of the meet's 11 events and pulled away to win 105-65.
The Lion girls, meanwhile, trailed by two points with four races remaining, but came through down the stretch — benefitting from a Tigard DQ in the 200 free relay — to beat the Tigers 87-83.
"For the meet, the boys and girls both had to overcome a DQ on the 'A' relays in the first event," said West Linn coach Katie Wilson. "The other relays really stepped up, and as a result, we were able to make up some points."
With the wins, the Lion boys team squared their Three Rivers League record at 3-3, while the West Linn girls improved to 5-2. Next up, the Lions and St. Mary's swim vs. Canby at Canby Swim Center beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Lions recovered from their early DQ immediately, with Mason Self, Jonathan Oliveras, Griffin Riley and Thomas Weltcheck winning the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1 minute, 58.67 seconds.
Junior William Chun set the pace the rest of the day, winning the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.13 (Tigard's Nathaniel Whitehead was second at 2:17.31), winning again in the 100 butterfly at 57.20 (with Tigard's Ryan Wilkinson second with a 1:07.93) and also swimming on two first-place relays.
"Will Chun won both his events," Wilson said. "Overall, it was a good meet for both boys and girls, especially getting late in the season."
Junior Kevin Vu and freshman Nate Rumsey were tough, too, each winning one event and finishing second in another. Vu won the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.75 (Tigard's Cameron Williamson was second at 56.67), took second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.71 (Tigard's Ben Miller won the event at 1:01.73) and swam on his team's winning 400 free relay.
Rumsey topped the field in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 5:05.11, placed second in the 200 free with a 1:53.83 and also swam on his team's winning 400 free relay.
The Lions' other individual win came in the 50 freestyle where sophomore Clay Barbee bested the field with a 24.59, and swam on the team's winning 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
In the 200 free relay, it was Barbee, freshman Alec Snyder, senior Joseph Campbell and Chun who took first at 1:37.72, while in the 400 free relay, the Lions called on Rumsey, Barbee, Chun and Vu for the victory at 3:33.66.
Miller won two races — the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke — and Whitehead the 100 backstroke for Tigard.
On the girls side, the Lions won eight of the meet's 11 races and needed all those successes to get past the Tigers.
Indeed, Tigard led 56-54 after the 500 freestyle, but saw its top team disqualified in the next event — the 200 free relay — while the Lions put together a 33-27 scoring edge in the meet's final four events to win.
"I was able to put people in events to prepare for districts, and to help fill in for some swimmers who were sick," Wilson said. "It also let me see the last few things we need to work on going into district."
In individual races, West Linn got two wins each from freshman Gabby Calvi and sophomore Maggie Metcalf, while junior Katelyn Laderoute and freshman Reem Alharithi each won one event and finished second in another.
Metcalf got it done in the 50 free (winning at 27.10) and 100 backstroke (at 1:03.03). Calvi followed suit with victories in the 200 free (with a 2:03.51) and 500 free (at 5:35.73). Laderoute won the 200 IM (at 2:17.14) and took second in the 100 butterfly, and Alharithi topped the 100 free with a 58.92 and took second in the 100 breaststroke.
West Linn set the pace in the 200 free relay with Alharithi, Aivy Truong, Audrey Chun and Laderoute going 1:45.85, while Calvi, Gabriella Juhala, Metcalf and Laderoute topped the 400 free relay with a 3:55.96.
For Tigard, Kaitlyn Wornath won the 100 butterfly and Sahana Saravanan took top honors in the 100 breaststroke.