Molalla swim team keeps growing
With over 40 kids, Molalla has its largest swim team ever.
Senior Linden Mackenzie leads the Indians after finishing 11th in the 200-yard individual medley at the Class 4A-1/A state meet last season.
"He is still improving in all of his strokes and he is capable of swimming anything," Molalla coach Melissa Georgesen said. "As coaches, we look at where he could place and plan according, so it's kind of a waiting game."
Junior Zachary Ferrell also returns for the Indians after placing third in the 500 free, fourth in the 100 breast, and second in the 200 medley relay along with Mackenzie at the 2019 Special District 2 meet.
Juniors Sergio Mota and Anthony Ehleringer are also back, as well as seniors Maxwell Kavanagh, Adam Miller and Race Beatty.
"I have a bunch of seniors this year," Georgesen said. "It's nice to have them swim with you for four years, but sad to see them graduate."
Senior Corrine Oster leads a young girls team that includes five sophomores and six freshmen.
"It's going to be exciting to see her wrap up everything," Georgesen said of Oster.
Junior Kira Knox and sophomores Alison Wickham and Payton Miller also return for the Indians.
"All of them are super excited and hungry to do better than they did last year and have a really good girls relay team, which we've struggled for a couple of years to fill," Georgesen said. "It's exciting to see them come to practice and really go to work."
Molalla will host the district meet this season. This year's seniors were freshmen the last time the Indians hosted after their home pool was reopened four years ago.
"Our team has doubled since that district meet and we get to host again," Georgesen said. "It's a really nice way for these seniors to end their swimming career. It's a fun year for all of us."
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