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With early meet in the books, the Molalla swim teams have early results to build on

PIONEER PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Molalla swimmers squared off with 5A Silverton on Friday, Dec. 7, and managed to take three top spots in the meet.
In a non-league meet against Silverton, Molalla's swim team competed against Silverton, one of the tougher teams at 5A, and had several top finishers.

Molalla's Cori Oster finished first in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) with a time of 2:32.22. Oster also finished first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:19.26. Linden MacKenzie took the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle race with 55.79 seconds.

"Cori Oster won both of her events, and we have set some goals for the season," head coach Melissa Georgesen said. "Linden MacKenzie won the 100 free and his time matched that of last season, which is ideal. It means he is stronger than he was last year and we are on track to hit all of our goals."

The relay teams could not overcome Silverton at the meet. In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Kira Knox, Oster, Jaycee Gago, and Alison Wickham placed third overall with a time of 2:18.82. In the girl's 200-yard freestyle relay, Molalla's Aubrey Dickson, Anna Mametieff, Olivia Edge, and Olivia Brown finished in fourth place with a time of 2:30.61. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Wickham, Gago, Knox, and Oster finished second with a time of 4:41.40.

The boys team, comparatively, finished second in the 200-yard medley in third place, with MacKenzie, Zachary Ferrell, Ben Hamilton, and Elia Pietro with a time of 2:03.07. In the 200-free, Molalla's Race Beatty, Nolan Miller, Adam Miller, and Max Kavanagh took fourth place with a time of 2:09.76. In the 400-free, Elia, Hamilton, Ferrell, and MacKenzie took third with a time of 4:10.16.

"The boy's relays have some work to put in this season," Georgesen said. "That means more time in the pool and continuing to clean up their technique. They are not nearly as fast as we ended last season, losing seniors Bryce Webber and Garrett Abeln. That was a hard blow, as both swam under one minute in their 400 free relay."

"I am excited to see how the girls will end up, because we have so many and all of them have hidden talents," Georgesen said about the girls relay teams. "The relay spots are going to be close, as we have some neck in neck."

There is plenty of time for the team to improve before the regular season starts, though, as Georgesen noted.

"It's very early in our season," Georgesen said. "February is where the true test will come in, so these meets are just practice for the championship meet."

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