Forest Grove's Jorgenson, Hillsboro's McLin and Schaber show out at state
It can almost always be better, and it can always be worse.
Forest Grove's Levi Jorgenson experienced that firsthand at last weekend's OSAA/OnPoint State Swimming Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
The Vikings senior finished commendably, placing fifth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.07. But while his 100 was impressive, it was what happened in the 50 freestyle final that left the standout frustrated and ultimately wondering what could have been.
After qualifying eighth for the final with a preliminary time of 21.86, Jorgenson placed fifth after balking on the block, which ultimately led to his disqualification. Sadly, his movement, followed by his hesitation, cost him roughly a half-second, which if subtracted from his time would likely have resulted in a winning time.
"It definitely stunk, but it happens sometimes," Jorgenson said. "That's the first time I've ever done that."
Forest Grove head coach Tabor Waterstreet echoed his swimmer's disappointment, but in the end was proud of how Jorgenson responded and finished his meet on a good note.
"That was a bummer," Waterstreet said. "He just took off on the first noise he heard, and he's never, ever false started. But he came back in the 100 and swam a lifetime best time, so if you're going to go out, going out with a best time is a pretty good way to do it."
Jorgenson, too, was proud of his comeback in the 100, and said he left it all out there, knowing it was probably the last race of his swimming career.
"That being my last race was pretty much everything that was in my head before the start," he said. "I wanted to make it count because it's been a great year. As team captain, it's been a great experience leading the team and the whole thing has been awesome."
The senior wasn't the only Viking at the meet, but he was the only finals qualifier. In Friday's preliminaries, Forest Grove's Luci Brenner swam admirably in the 100 backstroke, finishing 16th with a time of 1:01.00. Brenner qualified for the meet by winning the event at the Pacific Conference District Championships a week prior, doing so with the same time of 1:01.00.
"Lucy had a really good swim, but was just off by one turn," Waterstreet said. "She was really fine-tuned and has gotten back to the form she had about a year-and-a-half ago. She was looking really good and I'm really stoked that she was able to get this experience."
Other local qualifiers were Glencoe's Alys Grover, who swam in both the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly, placing 15th with a time of 2:01.31 in the former while finishing 13th (59.81) in the latter; Glencoe's Daren Sehorn, who finished 17th (54.88) in the boys 100 butterfly; Glencoe's A.J. Steiner, who was 15th (5:05.16) in the 500 freestyle; Liberty's Kyle Fratini, who was 11th (4:58.50 ) in the 500 freestyle; and Century's Franklin Chu, who was 17th in the 100 breaststroke.
Jesuit swept the boys and girls team competitions.
The Crusaders totaled 124 points to win the boys competition, followed by Lakeridge 68, West Linn 44, Sunset 41 and Roseburg 39.
The Jesuit girls totaled 110.5 points in a winning effort, while Sunset was second with 89.5, West Linn third with 63, then Bend 53 and Oregon City 48.
In the 5A event, Churchill won the boys team event with 53 points, followed by West Albany 39.5, Crescent Valley 30, North Bend 28.5 and Hood River 24.
On the girls side, Crescent Valley reigned supreme, totaling 75 points, followed by Churchill 50, Silverton 32, Springfield 29 and North Bend 28.
The Hillsboro boys finished 11th as a team, totaling 11 points, led by junior Spencer McLin, who placed fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.59, and senior Jack Schaber, who placed sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:15.13 and sixth in the 100 backstroke (59.90).
Other Spartan participants included the girls 200 yard medley relay team consisting of Celia Pilversack, Elizabeth McLin, Maya French and Arwen Nielsen, which placed 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 2:07.11; Elizabeth McLin, who was seventh in the 200 yard IM (2:22.65) and 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.94); the girls 200 freestyle relay consisting of French, McLin, Nielsen and Kennedy Godfrey, which placed 12th (1:51.80); and Spencer McLin, who placed seventh in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:03.63).
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