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The Vikings successfully begin Pacific Conference title defense with win over the Tide.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Forest Grove's Ryan Perez competes in the butterfly during the Vikings' dual meet with Glencoe Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center in Forest Grove.It wasn't all Forest Grove in the swim team's season-opening dual meet versus Glencoe Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center, but it seemed that way on the scoreboard, with the Vikings boys defeating the Crimson Tide 98-57, while the girls triumphed 106-49.

The boys were led by seniors, Levi Jorgensen and Jacob Peeters Weem, who combined to win three individual events, while playing key roles in two relay wins.

Jorgensen won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.62, and anchored both the 200 medley relay (Colby Atnip, Preston Mueller, Ryan Perez, Jorgensen) and 400 freestyle (Perez, Peeters Weem, Atnip, Jorgensen), While Peeters Weem won the 100 (58.05) and 200 (1:56.56) freestyle events, along with doing his part in the 400 freestyle relay. Afterwards, while not satisfied with his results, Jorgensen was pleased with his swims, while acknowledging room for improvement.

"I thought I did good," Jorgensen said. "I'm not quite at my goals yet, but it's the beginning of the season and I'm working towards it."

The senior took particular pride in his work as anchor on the relay teams.

"I love it," he said. "I love being able to come back."

His coach agreed.

"I guess we'll call Levi our comeback kid," Forest Grove head coach Tabor Waterstreet said. "His anchor leg is just so awesome. He's starting right where he left off last year."

The Viking girls were led by senior Luci Brenner, along with sophomore Phoebe Janko, who between the two combined for six wins.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Forest Grove's Luci Brenner competes during the Vikings' dual meet with Glencoe Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center in Forest Grove.Brenner won the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.58, Janko took the 50 freestyle (27.03), and both were a part of the 200 medley relay (Brenner, Katelyn Loomis, Janko, McKenzie Brennan) and 400 freestyle relay that were victorious. In addition, Forest Grove sophomore Hannah Bartoo won the 500 freestyle (5:47.07), while fellow sophomore Loomis took the 100 breaststroke (1:24.97).

In all, Waterstreet was pleased with his team's effort, especially this early in the season.

"It turned out pretty darn well," Waterstreet said. "You could see that some fatigue set-in, but as far as how the team came together, I was pleased."

The coach was impressed with his kids' technique, but also cited that that technique was breaking down a bit in the back half of races due to fatigue.

"The techniques were actually really good from my standpoint right now," he said. "So now it's just a matter of pulling that technique together and kind of beating them down a little bit more and forcing them to hold that technique."

Glencoe had its share of impressive performances as well, and despite the defeat, head coach David Trasen seemed pleased with his team's showing.

"I'm happy with it as our first meet," Trasen said. "We've only had three weeks of practice and missed a couple because of the situation with the pool. We have a lot of new swimmers, but everyone seems pretty happy.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Glencoe's Emma Dreher competes in the breaststroke event during the Crimson Tide's dual meet with Forest Grove Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center in Forest Grove."Our strong swimmers did pretty well tonight. Alys (Grover), Haley (Nida), and A.J. (Steiner), all swam well."

Grover won the 200 freestyle, pulling away late, and 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.78. Nida won the 200 intermediate medley (2:23.82) and 100 backstroke 1:03.03. And Steiner, the 500 freestyle (5:20.04) and 200 intermediate medley (2:13.62).

The Tide also got wins from sophomore Daren Sehorn in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.66, and senior Trevor Monk, who won both the 100 backstroke (1:03.10) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.67).

Forest Grove's Loomis also found the winner's circle, placing first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:24.97.

Now, after starting the season with win, the Vikings will continue focusing their attention on getting stronger, better, and defending their Pacific Conference title from a year ago.

"That's the goal," Waterstreet said. "It's one thing to win it once, but to back it up, that would really mean something."

Forest Grove will face Sherwood at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center.

Glencoe will travel to McMinnville for a 3:45 p.m. contest, Dec. 19, at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.

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