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MacKenzie, Hamilton, Ferrell, and Miller set PRs in the 200 medley relay; MacKenzie PR'd in 200 IM

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Molalla junior Linden MacKenzie dives into the pool during his team's 200-yard medley relay race at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swim meet at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center on Friday. 
Molalla's title aspirations at the state swim meet may have fallen short, but the representatives can hold their heads high. Against the best swimmers at the 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A levels, Molalla's Linden MacKenzie and the boys 200 medley relay team put it all on the line.

"I am so proud of these boys, and the rest of the team, for how hard they worked this season," Molalla swim coach Melissa Georgesen said. "I think all the kids are already setting goals for next season."

Molalla junior MacKenzie finished 11th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 22.99 seconds (2:22.99). That time was nearly a second faster than the time he was seeded with (2:23.75), and will be an excellent building block for him as a senior.

The boys 200 medley relay team finished 10th overall with a time of 1:56.66. Junior Adam Miller swam the first leg in 31.75 seconds, followed by sophomore Zachary Ferrell with a split time of 32.24 seconds. Senior Ben Hamilton swam a time of 28.68 in his leg, and MacKenzie anchored the relay team with a split time of 23.99 seconds.

"The relay and Linden both set personal records, so as a coach, I am happy with that," Georgesen said. "We are already anticipating hosting Districts next February and ready to see our goals come to fruition. This was our biggest swim team to date, so I am excited to see what the future brings."

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