And things look even more promising for 2015

by: BRIAN SEE - Oregon City swimmers display their hardware after a strong swim in the 200-medley relay at last weekends Class 6A State Swim Meet. Pictured, from left, are Chase Tucker, Isaac Watt, Brian Frazier and Josh Morton.GRESHAM — Oregon City boys made a lot of noise at last weekend’s Class 6A High School Swim Meet.

The Pioneer guys scored 68 points and finished eighth in the 28-team field.

“The boys’ placing is the best ever at state in recent memory,” said Oregon City swim coach Bryan Watt. “It just amazes me. The boys did so well. They placed eighth at state and they finished the best of any Three Rivers League team. They beat Lake Oswego and Grant, which finished ahead of us at district.”

Watt added, “I don’t want to count chickens before they are hatched. But looking at the leader board, I see a lot of seniors on other teams. We’ll have all the boys that went this year back. I’m thinking we’ll be better next year, in individual races as well as in the team standings.”

The Pioneers had several awesome swims at this year’s state meet, held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

For starters, their boys 200-medley relay team of sophomore Brian Frazier (backstroke), sophomore Isaac Watt (breast stroke), junior Josh Morton (butterfly) and junior Chase Tucker (freestyle) swan their relay race in a personal best of 1:38.79, good for fifth place.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - OCs Brian Frazier, second at state in the 200-IM, third in the 100-free“That time is faster than our district record,” said coach Watt. “It was a fabulous race, with awesome exchanges.... I went back more than 20 years in the records from the state meet and, as far as I can tell, this may be the first boys relay team Oregon City has ever qualified for state, let alone place at state. Those guys are a really special team. I’m really proud of them.”

Frazier also had a pretty impressive individual showing at the state meet, earning runner-up honors with a 1:55.46 clocking in the 200-individual medley, and placing third, with a personal best of 47.37 in the 100-freestyle.

“Brian had an amazing swim in the medley,” said Watt. “And in the 100-free, the top three kids were lighting up the water. They were neck-and-neck all the whole way.”

Morton was no less impressive, swimming well despite competing in three races in a span of just over an hour.

Fifteen minutes after the relay, he earned sixth place in the 200-freestyle, with a 1:47.19 clocking. And barely an hour later he swan in the consolation finals of the 100-butterfly and placed ninth, with a 53.69 clocking.

Morton was a trooper in the 200-freestyle, gutting it out despite fighting off leg cramps. Except for the cramps, he would have placed higher, because he swan the 200-freestyle in a personal best of 1:45.27 in the preliminaries.

Isaac Watt was another finalist for Oregon City, earning his first-ever placing at state with a 1:00.92 clocking in the 100-breast stroke, good for sixth place.

Tucker swam a personal best of 1:00.99 in the preliminaries of the 100-breast stroke to make the 12-swimmer consolation finals in that race.

by: VERN UYETAKE - OCs Josh Morton, sixth at state in the 200-free, ninth in the butterflyOregon City’s lone female state-qualifier, sophomore Alissa Frazier, also represented the Pioneers well, placing sixth in the girls 100-butterfly with a time of 59.79, after a one-second personal best of 59.34 in the preliminaries.

Alissa Frazier also made the consolation finals in the girls 100-breast stroke, where her finals time of 1:08.89 was good for 10th play. Frazier swan a personal best of 1:08.60 in the breast stroke preliminaries.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - OCs Alissa Frazier, sixth at state in the butterfly, tenth in the breast strokeGrant (61 points) and Lake Oswego (19 points) placed ninth and 16th respectively in the boys team scoring.

Sunset boys scored 179 to edge Jesuit (169) for first place in the boys team scoring.

In the girls meet, Century (168), West Linn (143) and Lakeridge (120) placed first, second and third respectively.

Visscher runner-up

in two events

Sophomore Lainey Visscher had an outstanding state meet for Clackamas girls, earning second place in both the 100-backstroke (56.12) and 100-butterfly (55.69), finishing back of Century sophomore Sara Metzsh (54.81 and 55.27) in both races.

“Lainey was not pleased, but I thought she swam really well,” said Clackamas coach Allen Larson. “It was an improvement over last year, when she got second in the fly and third in the backstroke. And her times are both All-American consideration times.”

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