Lake Oswego sweeps Three Rivers swim meet at Oregon City
Both Oregon City High School swim teams had their moments -- just not enough for the Pioneers to keep pace with Lake Oswego in Thursday's Three Rivers League dual meet at the Oregon City Pool.
Lake Oswego's Olivia Andersen won the 200-meter freestyle, the 100 backstroke, and swam a leg on two winning relay teams, pacing the Lakers' girls to a 100-70 win over the Pioneers.
Haily Oldham added a win in the 50 free, Claire Cranch set the pace in the 400 free, and Madeline Eller led a 1-2 Lake Oswego finish in the 100 breaststroke as the Lakers improved to 4-0 with three meets remaining in the regular season.
"The girls did excellent," Lakers coach Lauren Thies said. "We had a lot of changes in our lineup before the meet and during the meet and everyone was really flexible and pulled through, so I'm very proud of our team.
"The club swimmers are just coming off of winter training, so they're looking very strong. We also have quite a few freshmen, sophomores, and juniors never been on a swim team and who have been putting in good work in practice, which is being reflected in the meets."
For Oregon City, Jane Shroufe won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle, Michelle Vu won the 100 butterfly, and the team of Sophia Norgart, Grace Zarosinski, Shroufe, and Vu came from behind to win the 200 free relay.
Zarosinski added a second-place finish in the 200 free and the Pioneers placed third in five other events.
"I'm happy with the performance, but we didn't do as well as I thought we were going to do," Pioneers coach Bryan Watt said. "No excuses, but we've been training super-hard and I keep telling the girls, 'We're not taking any breaks.'
"We train right through all these dual meets, but they've been training especially hard lately. So, overall, I'm happy."
Lake Oswego set the tone in the opening event as the team of Maya Clydesdale, Andersen, Eller, and Oldham won the 200 medley relay in 2 minutes, 4.04 seconds, edging the Pioneers by 55-hundredths of a second.
The Lakers also scored significant points as Oldham and Clydesdale finished 1-2, respectively, in the 50 free, Cranch and Elizabeth Bell went 1-2 in the 400 free, Andersen and Clydesdale went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke, and Eller and Grace Marshall went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke.
Finally, Andersen anchored the Lakers' 400 free relay to a win in 4:20.71, while Oregon City's team of Makenzie Chan-Orcutt, Sidney Chan-Orcutt, Grace Gunderson, and Annie Pullella clocked in at 4:25.28.
"After the last 400 relay, Makenzie just sat there for several minutes after the race because she gave everything she had," Watt said. "That's what I like to see. It's not something that you can't explain. They're just tired and they gave everything they had, which is all I can expect.
"We might not have that big of a roster to get the third, fourth, and fifth places, but we've got the quality that I think we need as we go forward."
On the boys' side, Lake Oswego's Andrew Liu won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and swam a leg on two winning relay teams as the Lakers scored a 98-56 win over the Pioneers and improved to 2-1.
Lake Oswego's Emiliano Duran edged Oregon City's Kellen Thygeson by 39-hundredths of a second to win the 100 backstroke, while Doyhun Kim, Ryan Miller, and Timothy Lamb finished 1-2-3, respectively, for the Lakers in the 100 breaststroke.
Oregon City placed first in four of eight individual events, with Ian Watt leading the way in the 50 free and the 100 free, while Conner James set the pace in 200 free and the 400 free.
The Pioneers also closed on a positive note as the team of Levi Hawkins, Judah Sovereign, Wilson Riley, and Thygeson won the 400 free relay in 4:44.64.