Lake Oswego's Dylan Gustaff, Olivia Andersen score at state swimming
Youth was served for the Lake Oswego girls swim team at state.
The Lakers, competing in the Class 6A state meet — held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center — saw freshman Dylan Gustaff race to fifth place in the 200-yard individual medley while sophomore Olivia Anderson reached the finals in both her individual events.
Together, they helped the Lakers score eight points and finish 18th in the team standings. Jesuit's girls won their second straight state championship with 110.5 points, while Sunset was second at 89.5.
The complete team scoring was: 1. Jesuit 110.5; 2. Sunset 89.5; 3. West Linn 63; 4. Bend 53; 5. Oregon City 48; 6. McMinnville 35; 6. South Eugene 35; 8. Grant 29; 9. St Mary's Academy 26; 10. Summit 24; 11. Lincoln 23; 12. Aloha 20; 13. Mountainside 18; 14. Southridge 15; 15. Mountain View 11; 15. Canby 11; 17. Jefferson 9; 18. Lake Oswego 8; 19. Tualatin 4; 19. Sheldon 4; 21. Sherwood 3; 22. Westview 1.
Following her success in the 200 IM — Gustaff finished fifth with a time of 2 minutes. 8.69 seconds — the Laker freshman said she was happy with her efforts. Sunset's Tia Lindsay won the event with an All-American time of 2:01.46.
"I'm really happy," she said. "I'm really happy with how I did. I wasn't expecting to place fifth."
While she came up short of getting the Futures cut she'd been aiming for, Gustaff knew that the grind of district and state — along with her continued club training — had played a part in her times.
"I think I'm just tired from this weekend. It's been a lot over the last two weeks," Gustaff said. "Yesterday, I was really close to the cut I wanted to get, but I still have a couple more meets this season to get it."
Gustaff also swam in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke, where her time placed her 12th overall at 59.37.
Anderson did her part in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, swimming to eighth place in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 57.68, while she took ninth earlier in the 100 free at 53.73.
Also qualifying for state from Lake Oswego were: senior Haily Oldham in the 100 breaststroke (12th overall at 1:07.61); and the 400 freestyle relay team of Andersen, Gustaff, junior Elizabeth Bell and Oldham (14th overall at 3:47.85).
While Lakeridge didn't score at state, the Pacers sent a quartet of swimmers on to compete in Friday's prelims. That group included: junior Sydney Thompson in the 100 butterfly (14th overall at 1:00.07); and the 200 free relay team of sophomore Rachel Barba, sophomore Natalya Salcedo, sophomore Cascade Stensland and Thompson (11th at 1:43.78).
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