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The Lions must replace a trio of team leaders, but should compete for top-tier finish

West Linn junior Nathan Rumsey is back to lead the Lions in 2019-20 after winning the Three Rivers League title in the 500-yard freestyle at the TRL district meet a year ago.The West Linn boys swim team set the bar pretty darn high in 2019.

Last year's Lions won the Three Rivers League and went on to finish fourth at the Class 6A state meet, the team's highest finish in more than 50 years.

While this year's West Linn team will be hard-pressed to replicate those lofty feats, the Lions are going to give it their best shot.

"The boys will probably end up in the middle overall for the district, with Lakeridge likely being the favorite to win district," said West Linn coach Katie Wilson.

West Linn must replace graduated star Kevin Vu and mainstays William Chun and Paul Muessig, but believes that senior Clay Barbee and junior Nate Rumsey are ready to step into that void. Last year, Barbee took fourth in the TRL 100 freestyle and fifth in the 100 breaststroke, and also swam on two winning district relays. Rumsey, meanwhile, won the 500 free at district, grabbed third in the 200 free and swam on two winning Lion relays. Besides the freestyle, he also swims the 100 butterfly.

"Barbee is always willing to help out the team and swim whatever he needs to give the boys' team a better chance," Wilson said, adding that Rumsey "works hard — especially since he doesn't mind his events being almost back-to-back — and is always trying to find a way to help the team."

Beyond those two, the Lions have another handful of talented returners who will regularly score points this season. That group includes: sophomore Adam Conrad — he was seventh in the 2019 TRL 100 backstroke — in the backstroke, 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley; junior Mason Self in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and backstroke; junior Riley Sokol in the freestyle; sophomore Zachary Cozart in the backstroke, freestyle and 200 IM; and sophomore Gavin Hay in the freestyle and breaststroke.

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