Lake Oswego girls swimmers start fast, expect big things
The Lake Oswego girls swim team is in transition.
The Lakers, after taking third at the Three Rivers League district meet and sixth at state a year ago, return with another big number in 2019 — their fourth coach in the past four years.
But that doesn't mean the Lakers won't be good.
The 2019 version of Lake Oswego — now led by former Stanford and Texas All-American Lauren Thies — bring back four mainstays from a year ago and should be in the mix with the TRL's best teams.
"We've started 3-0 and I'm very pleased with that," said Thies, a former Lincoln head coach who now assists with Lake Oswego Swim Club. "I think we can definitely lead the league, maybe win at district."
Further, Thies hopes she can stick around a while and give the Lakers some consistency in their coaching.
"I hope to bring some stability to the program," she said. "I'll share my expertise and we'll see what happens."
As to the team's returners, the 2019 Lakers are led by seniors Grace Marshall (100-yard breaststroke, 100 freestyle), Maya Clydesdale (50 free, 100 backstroke) and Madeline Eller (200 free, 500 free), and junior Haily Oldham (50 free, 100 butterfly). Marshall took second in the 100-yard breaststroke at district and sixth at state a year ago. Clydesdale placed fourth in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke at district in 2018, and eighth in the back and 10th at state in the 50. And Eller grabbed fourth in the breaststroke and fifth in the 500 free at district last year, then placed ninth in the breaststroke at state.
That trio also swam on the Lakers' second-place 200 free relay team at district and later took sixth at state, and Oldham joined them for a third-place district finish in the 200 medley relay.
Marshall has been "super instrumental in helping me as a new coach with lineups and researching opponents," Thies said, adding that Eller has "helped us out tremendously in the breaststroke and 500 free."
Oldham, Thies said, keeps the team loose with her personality while still being ready to compete, adding that she was "really thankful" to have Clydesdale back for her senior season.
The Lakers also look forward to big contributions from senior Claire Cranch (freestyle), freshman Olivia Andersen (freestyle, backstroke) and freshman Morgan Calhoun (freestyle).
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