The Indians continue to show improvement as they rattled off multiple relay and individual wins at meet.

Water was splashing all over the Molalla Aquatic Center when the Indians hosted Gladstone, Corbett, Kennedy and The Dalles in a five-way meet Dec. 15.

Molalla coach Melissa Georgesen noted that her squad was nearly at full strength, with 27 athletes hitting the water.

The relays continue to be a bright spot for Molalla as the girls 200-medley relay, featuring Karmen Kendoll, Jimena Hernandez, Marie Mason and Payton Miller, snagged first place. The 400-freestyle relay of Kendoll, Miller, Alison Wickham and Mason also snagged a win. In the 200-free relay, Olivia Edge, Kayden Harris, Jaycee Graf and Wickham swam to a second-place finish.

COURTESY PHOTO: MOLALLA SWIM  - The Molalla High swim team has been improving mightily during the season's early weeks.

"At this point in the season, the girls are looking strong, but we still have work to do," Georgesen said. "The girls know they have to drop seconds from their splits in order to do well in February at our district meet."

On the boys side, the Indians took second in both the 200 medley and 400-freestyle relays, just being nipped at the wire by The Dalles both times. However, the 200-freestyle relay snagged a win with Dylan Hadden, William Person, Ephriam Carr and Sebastian Mota putting in solid efforts.

"I am proud of how hard these boys (on this relay) have been working," Georgesen said. "They are not on our 'A' relay team, but they went out and swam exceptionally well and may well upset some boys from their spot on the 'A' relay."

Georgesen said that during this part of the swim season, her athletes are working to gain speed and endurance and continue to compete to put up fast times.

"They have a lot of work to accomplish over the break, so we come back faster and stronger in January," the coach said.

In other results:

Sebastian Mota placed third in the 200 freestyle, Karmen Kendall placed second in the 200IM and the 100 back, Alison Wickham was third in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, Kurtis Wagner won the 500 free and placed third in the 200 IM, and Jimena Hernandez placed second in the 50 free and won the 100 breaststroke.

"Jimena set a new personal record in her breaststroke," Georgesen said.

Kaidn Neely placed third in the boys 50 free, Ephriam Carr was third in the 100 back, Kayden Harris placed second in both the 100 fly and the 100 breaststroke, Jordan Cowan won the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 100 fly, Payton Miller placed second in the 100 free, and Marie Mason won both of her events — the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Molalla finishes up its 2021 portion of the schedule with a home meet Wednesday, Dec. 29, which will livestream on Facebook (Molalla High Swimming page), then a trip to Stayton on Dec. 30 for an invitational.

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