Lake Oswego girls swim to third at TRL district meet
The Lake Oswego girls swim team shone brightly at the Three Rivers League district meet.
No, the Lakers did not steal the biggest headlines — those went to district champ Lakeridge and runner-up West Linn — but Lake Oswego performed impressively nonetheless.
The Lakers didn't win an event at district — held Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center — but finished second twice, third twice, fourth four times and fifth twice to take third overall.
Lakeridge won the district meet again, closing the two-day event with 345 points to beat second-place West Linn by 80 points. The complete final team scoring included Lakeridge 345, West Linn 265, Lake Oswego 260, Tualatin 249, St. Mary's 199.5, Newberg 190, Tigard 173.5, Canby 154 and Sherwood 148.
The biggest highlights of the meet came from Lake Oswego junior Grace Marshall, who finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team of Marshall, junior Maya Clydesdale, junior Alyssa Gustaff and sophomore Haily Oldham.
Marshall stepped up to finish second in the breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 6.86 seconds (where she trailed only Lakeridge's Ellie Jew at 1:03.19), and earlier, took fourth in the 200 individual medley at 2:11.42. She qualified for the upcoming Class 6A state meet in both events.
"It was good," Marshall said after the breaststroke. "I was tired from the long day, but it was fun."
It also left Marshall — and several of her teammates — excited for what may lie ahead at state. The Class 6A state meet opens with preliminary events at 9 a.m. Friday and continues with championship finals at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hood.
"I'm looking forward to next week, for sure," Marshall said. "I'm looking forward to racing everyone at state. Seeing all my club teammates come together is always fun. I'm very excited."
The Lakers also notched a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, with Marshall, Clydesdale, Gustaff and Oldham finishing in 1:42.40, qualifying for state in the process and trailing just Lakeridge's 1:40.98.
Other Lake Oswego highlights included: the 200 medley relay team of Clydesdale, junior Madeline Eller, Oldham and Marshall, third at 1:51.86; Gustaff, third in the 200 freestyle at 1:58.45 and fourth in the 500 free at 5:15.15; Clydesdale, fourth in the 50 free at 25.24 and fourth again in the 100 backstroke at 59.70; and Eller, fourth in the breaststroke at 1:07.57 and fifth in the 500 free at 5:23.64.