Dylan Gustaff leads Lake Oswego girls to sixth at TRL district swimming
The Lake Oswego girls swim team spent most of its 2019-20 regular season looking up at the rest of the Three Rivers League's teams.
But thanks to some strong performances at the 2020 TRL district meet — held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center — the Lakers flipped the script and left a couple of their league opponents looking up at them.
Lake Oswego — which got an individual victory from freshman Dylan Gustaff, a runner-up finish from senior Haily Oldham and third- and fourth-place efforts from sophomore Olivia Anderson — came through to finish sixth among the league's eight teams at district. Lakeridge, meanwhile, used a pair of fourth-places finishes — one by junior Sydney Thompson — to place seventh.
West Linn piled up 249.5 points to easily outpace second-place St. Mary's and its total of 177. The complete team scoring included: West Linn 249.5, St. Mary's 177, Canby 166, Tualatin 165, Oregon City 165, Lake Oswego 125, Lakeridge 120 and Tigard 64.5.
Next up, the Lakers' and Pacers' best will take their best shots at the Class 6A state meet, with preliminaries set for 1:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and finals for 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.
LO's Gustaff came through to win the 200-yard individual medley in impressive fashion, first setting a personal record of 2 minutes, 11.02 seconds in her Friday prelim, then coming back to go even faster — 2:09.77 — in Saturday's championship finale.
"I feel really good," Gustaff said. "I had a really good warm-up and I felt really good today in my fly. I felt really fast and then I felt like I could just keep doing it and I felt strong throughout the whole race."
Gustaff also added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke and earned a wildcard berth to state in that event with a time of 59.48.
Oldham was solid throughout her final district meet, too, grabbing a fifth-place finish in the 50 freestyle at 25.64, and later, taking second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.37; she earned wildcard berths to state in both events.
Anderson did her part in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, taking fourth in the 100 free at 54.0 seconds and third in the 100 back at 58.99 — both were state-qualifying times.
Also headed to state for LO are: the 200 medley relay team of Andersen, Oldham, Gustaff and junior Elizabeth Bell, fourth at 1:54.10; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Andersen, Gustaff, Bell and Oldham, fourth at 3:48.48.
For Lakeridge, Thompson stepped up to finish fourth in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 butterfly, going 2:01.65 in the 200 free and 1:00.36 in the butterfly; she earned a wildcard berth to state in the butterfly.
The Pacers also saw their 200 freestyle relay team come through to finish fourth, with sophomore Rachel Barba, sophomore Natalya Salcedo, sophomore Cascade Stensland and Thompson swimming a 1:44.33 to earn a wildcard berth to state.
Other top Lakeridge finishers were: the 400 freestyle relay team of Salcedo, senior Lauren DuPuis, senior Adelaide Foden-Vencil and Stensland, sixth at 4:04.95; and Barba, seventh in the 50 free at 25.34.
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