The West Linn girls swim team is rolling.
Lakeridge found that out the hard way last week.
The Lions proved their half of the equation last week by speeding past the Pacers 121-49 in their Three Rivers League meet at Lake Oswego School District Pool on Thursday, Jan. 16. The victory kept West Linn unbeaten in TRL competition and in sole possession of first place.
Despite the final team score, the Pacers were proud of how they'd competed and how they stuck together against the talented Lions.
"The meet was a great team bonding experience," said Lakeridge sophomore Cascade Stensland, who finished second in both her individual events and also swam on a runner-up Lakeridge relay. "Our goal was to come together and cheer and support each other, which we did."
"I felt like we all tried our best and we are focused on using each meet to get better," added Lakeridge junior Amy Frinell, who took third and fourth in her two individual races.
With the win, the Lions improved to 4-0 in Three Rivers League action, while the Pacers fell to 1-3 in the TRL.
"Overall, I think our team did really well," said West Linn freshman Katie Rumsey, who won both her individual events and swam on two runner-up relay teams. "I'm proud of how everyone stepped up to swim hard against Lakeridge and it showed in the results."
The Lions flexed their muscles impressively in this meet, sweeping to victory in all 11 events against the Pacers and also taking second in five of those races.
West Linn's efforts were led by the trio of Rumsey, freshman Anna Boyer and senior Maggie Metcalf, who won two individual events each in the meet. Rumsey did her part in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle, taking the 200 IM with a finishing time of 2 minutes, 21.19 seconds (with freshman teammate Krista Golgotiu second at 2:25.28) and the 500 free at 5:26.66 (with freshman teammate Sophia Pulaski second at 5:39.30).
"My races were all solid swims," Rumsey said. "I managed to drop (time) from the last meet in the 200 IM and was close to my 500 time from the last meet as well."
Metcalf — who also swam on two winning relays — took top honors in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 1:02.44, then coming back later in the meet to win the 100 back with a mark of 1:04.73.
Boyer — who also swam on two winning relays — did her part in the sprints, taking the 50 freestyle at 25.36, then came back two races later to win the 100 with a time of 56.50.
The Lions also got individual wins from Pulaski in the 200 freestyle with a mark of 2:05.84 and Golgotiu in the 100 breaststroke at 1:17.47 (with freshman teammate Lillian Hackbarth second at 1:21.40).
In the relays, the Lions saw junior Audrey Chun, Golgotiu, Metcalf and Pulaski win the 200 medley relay at 2:26.12. Golgotiu, sophomore Kaden Bendel, sophomore Alison Keller and Boyer topped the field in the 200 free relay with a 1:48.22. And in the 400 freestyle relay, Pulaski, Keller, Metcalf and Boyer set the pace with a 3:57.14.
For Lakeridge, Stensland placed second in both her events, going 2:11.29 in the 200 freestyle, and later, posting a 59.60 in the 100 free.
Other top finishers for the Pacers included: sophomore Rachel Barba, second in the 50 freestyle at 27.00; senior Adelaide Foden-Vencil, second in the butterfly with a time of 1:02.44; and senior Lauren DuPuis, second in the backstroke with a mark of 1:09.65.
"I thought the meet was great, and even though we didn't win, we had great team spirit," Foden-Vencil said. "A lot of our team rose to the occasion to swim new and different events which was great."
Next up, the Lions swim against Tigard at Tigard Aquatic Center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, while Lakeridge hosts Oregon City at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at LOSD Pool.
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