Kate Laderoute is top two in six events

by: SUBMITTED - Oregon Citys Kate Laderoute heads for a state record in the 200-backstroke at the Northwest Age-Group Regionals.The athletes on the Oregon City Swim Club did themselves proud at the recent Northwest Age Group Regionals and Senior Regionals championship swim meets, placing high and setting four state records, as well as a plethora of team records.

The team scored 72 points and placed 25th out of 133 teams at the Age-Group Championships, held in Federal Way, Washington, March 20-23.

And Oregon City senior swimmers scored 128 points and placed 16th out of 142 teams at the Senior Regionals, held in Federal Way March 12-16.

The two competitions showcase the top club swimmers in the Northwestern United States, with the exception of California.

Kate Laderoute starred for Oregon City at the age-group meet, placing in the top two in six events, and setting a new state record with a 2:04.81 clocking and a winning swim in the 11-12 girls 200-backstroke. The time ranks Laderoute fourth in the nation in the event in her age division this year.

Laderoute also had winning swims in the 100-individual medley (1:00.83), 50-backstroke (28.00) and 100-backstroke (58.90), and she finished runner-up in the 50-butterfly (27.00) and 200-individual medley (1:11.20). Her times in the 100-individual medley and 50-butterfly were team records.

Ian Watt of Oregon City was also tough in the Age-Group Championships, placing in the top seven in the 11-12 boys races in five events. He made the best showing in the 50-breast stroke, finishing third, in 34.62.

Oregon City swimmers broke three state records at the Senior Regionals Championships.

Lainey Visscher played a part in all three Senior records. The talented 15-year-old swam the girls 200-backstroke in 1:57.79, setting a record in that event.

She also teamed up with Robin Pinger, Laura Laderoute and Alissa Frazier to set new 15-16 state standards for the 200-freestyle (1:36.39) and 400-freestyle (3:28.21) relays.

The same four girls placed seventh in the 200-medley relay, with a time of 1:44.28, just six hundredths of a second off the state record for that event.

Visscher’s time in the 200-backstroke is the eighth fastest time in the nation for her age group this year. She placed fifth in the field at the Senior Regionals.

The relay team placed 12th in setting the state record in the 200-freestyle and they placed eighth with their record swim in the 400-freestyle. They broke the state record for the 400-freestyle by over two seconds, and by over a second in the shorter race.

Visscher placed ninth in the 100-butterfly with a 54.56 clocking, the ninth fastest time in the nation by a 15-year-old this year.

Visscher also placed ninth in the 100-backstroke (54.53), recording the 11th fastest time in the nation for that race.

Pinger placed fifth in the 100-breast stroke (1:03.32), and she won a bonus final in the 200-breast stroke with a Junior National qualifying time of 2:18.33.

Brian Frazier made some waves in the boys 100-breast stroke, placing seventh with a 56.60 clocking. The time ranks Frazier 13th in the nation for 16-year-olds.

Team age-group records were set by several Oregon City swimmers. Visscher, Laderoute, Pinger and Frazier came through with team record swims in multiple individual events.

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