West Linn swimmers sweep past Canby in TRL finale
The Lions are ready for the next step.
The West Linn swim teams capped off their regular seasons in style last week, both cruising past Canby at Canby Swim Center in their Three Rivers League finales on Feb. 1, the Lion boys beating the Cougars 106-64 while the West Linn girls followed suit to win 105-65.
Beyond the obvious — West Linn won big — last week's wins also helped Lions' coach Katie Wilson set the table for the coming TRL district meet. The Three Rivers League District Meet will be held at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center, with preliminaries beginning at 8:45 a.m. Friday and finals at 9 a.m. Saturday.
"I was able to pretty much finalize what we will be doing at district," Wilson said. "We've had good swims the past couple weeks, and with resting, I expect both team to finish strong — hopefully, in the top three for both teams."
With last week's wins, the West Linn girls finished their TRL regular season at 6-2, while the Lion boys ended at 4-3.
The Lion girls team flexed its muscles impressively in the decision over Canby, winning nine times against the Cougars to forge their easy victory.
Two different Lions won two events each in the meet against Canby, with junior Katelyn Laderoute taking top honors in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke, and freshman Gabby Calvi topping the field in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races.
"Reem Alharithi had a good meet … as did Katelyn (Laderoute) and Gabby Calvi," Wilson said.
Laderoute broke through in the 200 IM with a winning time of 2:14.51 (with teammate Audrey Chun second at 2:27.11), and later won the 100 back at 59.89.
Calvi stepped up to win the 200 freestyle with a mark of 2:07.26, and later, rolled to victory in the 500 free with a 5:34.50.
Other Lion winners against Canby were: the 200 medley relay team of Laderoute, Reem Alharithi, Calvi and Aivy Truong with a time of 1:59.06; the 200 freestyle relay team of Audrey Chun, Aletta Combs, Truong and Alharithi in 1:52.86; and Alharithi in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.75.
Runner-up finishers for West Linn were: Chun in the 200 IM at 2:27.11 and again in the 100 free at 59.68; Alharithi in the 50 free at 26.40; Combs in the 100 butterfly at 1:11.93; Savanah Stokley in the 500 free at 6:45.06; and the 400 free relay team of Calvi, Gabriella Juhala, Chun and Laderoute at 3:58.78.
The West Linn boys were even more dominant at the top of their lineup, winning 10 of the day's 11 events to leave the Cougars far behind.
Lion juniors Kevin Vu and Will Chun were both two-time winners in the meet, with Vu taking the 50 free with a time of 23.74, and also topping the 100 butterfly at 1:00.74. Chun, meanwhile, set the pace in the 200 IM with a time of 2:13.69 and also bested the field in the 100 breaststroke at 1:05.43.
Other West Linn winners were: the 200 medley relay team of Joseph Campbell, Chun, Nathan Rumsey and Alec Snyder at 1:47.79; Riley Sokol in the 200 fee at 2:05.78; Paul Muessig in the 100 free with a 53.39; Rumsey in the 500 freestyle at 5:15.68; the 200 freestyle relay team of Muessig, Snyder, Campbell and Vu at 1:40.63; and the 400 free relay team of Vu, Muessig, Rumsey and Chun with a 3:39.14.