West Linn girls step up, take second at TRL district swimming
The West Linn girls swim team did almost everything right.
The Lions won just one individual race and one relay at the Three Rivers League district meet — held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center — but had a bunch of success beyond that, eventually finishing second in the meet with 265 points.
"It's been a lot of fun watching everyone else do well on our team, especially because they earned it," said junior Katelyn Laderoute, winner of the 200-yard individual medley and second-place finisher in the 100 backstroke.
"Our girls are really solid," added freshman Reem Alharithi, who took third in the 50 freestyle and won a wild card berth to state. "My teammates did amazing. Our goal was just to have fun with our teammates. That was the main goal. That's the most important part of the sport."
The complete team scoring included: Lakeridge 345, West Linn 265, Lake Oswego 260, Tualatin 249, St Mary's Academy 199.5, Newberg 190, Tigard 173.5, Canby 154 and Sherwood 148.
Next up, Laderoute, Alharithi and their teammates will compete in the Class 6A state meet, with preliminaries set for 9 a.m. Friday and championship finals for 8:15 a.m. Saturday back at Mt. Hood Community College.
The Lions opened Saturday's TRL championship finals with a runner-up finish by their 200 medley relay team, with Laderoute, Alharithi, sophomore Maggie Metcalf and freshman Audrey Chun swimming a state-qualifying time of 1:50.61. Lakeridge won the race at 1:46.75.
Next, in the third race of the day, Laderoute came through to win the 200 individual medley — her second straight district title in the event — with a time of 2 minutes, 3.84 seconds.
"It was a lot of fun. Ever since last year at state, the 200 IM has been kind of a rough race for me," said Laderoute, who finished second at the 2017 state meet by just .06, "so it was just nice to get a fresh start again this week."
Laderoute was strong in her other individual race, too, swimming to second place in the 100 backstroke and qualifying for state with a time of 55.60. She trailed only two-time champ Mara Newman of Lakeridge and her winning time of 55.17.
Alharithi is headed to state in the 50 freestyle after finishing third with a time of 25.22 (Newberg's Tina Childress won at 24.61). Also ready for state is freshman teammate Gabby Calvi in both the 200 and 500 freestyle races.
Calvi grabbed fourth in the 200 free with a mark of 2:00.19 (Lakeridge's Katie Manzione won the event at 1:55.35), then came back later in the meet to finish sixth and qualify for state in the 500 free with a 5:23.74.
The Lions' other win came in the meet's final event, the 400 freestyle relay. There, Calvi, Chun, Alharithi and Laderoute sped to victory in 3:38.31, beating second-place Lakeridge by more than two seconds.
"It was definitely fun see my team cheering me on from the other end," said Alharithi, who swam the third leg of the relay. "That really kept me going."