West Linn girls swimmers power past Lake Oswego 106-63
The West Linn girls swim team was ready.
Facing talented Lake Oswego in Three Rivers League action on Thursday, Jan. 9, the Lions proved it, winning seven of the meet's 11 events, finishing second in seven races and third in another eight to post a 106-63 victory at Lake Oswego School District Pool.
"I'm super proud of how our team is doing this season," said West Linn senior Maggie Metcalf, who won the 100-yard butterfly, finished third in the 50 freestyle and also swam on one winning relay team. "Winter training was very challenging, but (we) swam well at the meet … despite many of us feeling fatigued."
With the win, the Lions improved to 3-0 in Three Rivers League action, while the Lakers fell to 0-2 in league competition.
While Lake Oswego fell short against West Linn, the Lakers were proud of their efforts against the Lions.
"I think we all did really well," said Lake Oswego junior Elizabeth Bell, who anchored the Lakers' winning 200 medley relay team and added top-five finishes in both the 50- and 500-yard freestyle races. "We may not have won, but there is finally a sense of unity within our team and we all have been able to cheer each other on and be there for one another."
The Lions built their victory on a balanced effort that saw five different swimmers win individual events, a group that included Metcalf, junior Gabby Calvi, sophomore Anna Boyer, freshman Helena Jones and freshman Kaitlyn Rumsey.
Metcalf took the 100 butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 2.37 seconds (with LO freshman Dylan Gustaff second at 1:04.63) and finished third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.83. She also teamed with Jones, freshman Krista Golgotiu and freshman Sophia Pulaski to win the 200 freestyle relay at 1:45.93.
"I love swimming the 100 fly and I am excited to see what time I can achieve after having some more time to rest," Metcalf said. "Training has been hard recently, but I am still proud of how I raced and how my teammates raced."
Calvi stepped up to win the 200 free with a mark of 2:05.84 (with Pulaski second at 2:06.27), and later, took second in the 100 backstroke at 1:01.59. Boyer topped the field in the 50 freestyle at 25.18 (with Laker senior Haily Oldham second at 25.75). Jones set the pace in the 100 free with a 54.43 (with Boyer second at 55.28) and also took third in the backstroke at 1:04.39. And Rumsey won the 500 freestyle at 5:24.24 (with sophomore teammate Alison Keller second at 6:19.65); she also took second in the 200 IM with a 2:22.20.
The Lions also won the 400 freestyle relay, with Boyer, Keller, Calvi and Jones notching a 3:53.46.
For Lake Oswego, the Lakers came through to win the 200 medley relay, and also got individual victories from Gustaff in the 200 individual medley, sophomore Olivia Anderson in the 100 backstroke and Oldham in the 100 breaststroke.
In the 200 medley relay, Bell teamed with Anderson, Oldham and Gustaff to post a winning time of 1:55.83. Bell also swam on the Lakers' runner-up team in the 200 freestyle relay, took fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 50 free.
"This meet definitely wasn't my best meet in the world," said Bell, a former club swimmer who is focusing attention on her high school team this year. "I would much rather help my team succeed than myself, so I am not too focused on my individual events besides the fact that I try to do my very best and work hard to set an example and try to do well to get my team points."
Gustaff came through with a victory in the 200 IM at 2:17.20, Anderson took the backstroke at 1:00.30 and Oldham topped he field in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:12.34 (with Golgotiu second at 1:17.27).
Next up, the Lions face Lakeridge at Lake Oswego School District Pool at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, while the Lakers swim against Oregon City at Oregon City Pool at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
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