Lake Oswego girls swim to second at TRL district, Lakeridge gets fifth
The Lake Oswego girls swim team was right there.
The Lakers, after going unbeaten in the Three Rivers League dual meet season, came back strong at district, swimming to second place among eight teams at Parkrose High School.
Lake Oswego eventually finished the abbreviated event — the TRL district meet was shortened to a single day and moved up to Friday in response to weather concerns — with 203 points, trailing only St. Mary's and its team total of 218 points in the final standings. The rest of the team scoring included West Linn at 196, Oregon City at 190, Tualatin at 136, Tigard at 124, Lakeridge at 122 and Canby at 53.
"I think (we) swam very well," said Lake Oswego senior Madeline Eller, who took second and fourth in her two individual races. "We were all very excited heading into the meet, even with having to swim timed final races on Friday."
Next up, the Lakers' and Pacers' best will swim in the Class 6A state meet, set for 6:30 p.m. Friday and 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
In addition to Eller's exploits in the 500-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke, senior Grace Marshall finished third in both her individual races and Lake Oswego relay teams finished second in the 200 medley and third in the 200 freestyle.
Eller did her part in the 500 free, swimming to fourth in 5 minutes, 24.94 seconds and missing third by just half a second. Then, in the 100 breaststroke, she finished second with a time of 1:07.29 (trailing only Lakeridge winner Ellie Jew and her winning mark of 1:04.76).
"I was able to achieve season bests and qualify for state in both the 500 free and the 100 breast," Eller said. "I am looking forward to state this week and finishing my high school swimming career off strong."
For her part, Marshall stepped up to grab third in both the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, going 25.21 in the 50 (trailing Oregon City's Jane Shroufe and her winning time of 24.84 and OC's Michelle Vu at 24.95), and later, swam a 1:08.01 in the breaststroke. Marshall qualified for state in both races.
In the relays, freshman Olivia Andersen, Eller, junior Haily Oldham and Marshall posted a 1:49.6 to break the Lake Oswego school record and finish second in the 200 medley relay, and in the 200 free relay, senior Maya Clydesdale, Marshall, Andersen and Oldham swam 1:41.88 to place third. Both teams qualified for state.
Other Laker highlights included: freshman Morgan Calhoun, third in the 200 freestyle at 2:03.88; Oldham, fourth in the 50 free with a state-qualifying time of 25.25; Anderson, fourth in the 100 backstroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:00.25; Anderson fifth in the 100 freestyle at 55.48; and Clydesdale, fifth in the 100 backstroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.64.
While the Pacers weren't as competitive in the team race, they did see Jew, a senior, step up to win both of her individual events. Jew, who will swim next year at the University of Arizona, won the 200 individual medley at 2:06.17 (where she edged West Linn's Katelyn Laderoute — the reigning Class 6A state champ — and her 2:06.37), then came back in the meet's final individual race to take top honors in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.76.
"It's really exciting. I'm happy about it," Jew said. "It was definitely a little bit stressful knowing that the whole field was really fast so it was stressful going into it, but it's good to be pushed like that."
Beyond Jew's exploits, the Pacers saw junior Adelaide Foden-Vencil race to a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:17.03.
In the relays, Lakeridge's 200 medley relay team of senior Skye Buck, Jew, Foden-Vencil and senior Veronica Hansen swam to fourth place in a state-qualifying time of 1:50.14. And in the 200 freestyle relay, freshman Cascade Stensland, freshman Rachel Barba, Hansen and Jew placed fifth at 1:45.73.
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