West Linn girls swim past Tualatin to stay perfect
The West Linn girls swim team has gone where no Lions have gone before.
At least not for a long, long time.
West Linn raced past Tualatin 98-72 at Tualatin Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, and in the process, clinched a share of the Three Rivers League title for the first time since way back in 2004. The win lifted the Lions' TRL record to 6-0 with just one meet remaining, a 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, contest against Canby (4-2 in TRL action) at Canby Swim Center.
The meet marked the first TRL dual-meet crown in coach Katie Wilson's 10-year tenure; indeed, she was a member of the Lions' last dual-meet champion.
"Coach Katie planned our events well," said West Linn junior Gabby Calvi, who won both her individual events and also swam on one winning Lions' relay. "It felt really great to walk away still undefeated at the end of the meet. We all worked so hard and the energy was great."
That said, the Lions had to earn their win over Tualatin, which also entered the meet at 5-0. In the end, West Linn used its frontline strength — the Lions won seven of the day's 11 events — depth and talented freshmen to overcome illness and an injury to senior team leader Maggie Metcalf.
"We knew that both girls teams were undefeated and this would not be an easy win," Calvi said. "Several of us were talking about the meet and looking forward to it all week. Everyone on the team stepped up."
Calvi and freshman Helena Jones won two individual events each against Tualatin, with Calvi setting the pace in the 200-yard freestyle at 2 minutes, 1.43 seconds (freshman teammate Sophia Pulaski took second at 2:02.22), and later, taking the 100 backstroke at 1:03.03.
"I was happy with both my races and felt fortunate to get the points for my team," Calvi said. "My teammate Sophia and I took first and second in the 200 free. I love that we can push each other."
Jones, meanwhile, took top honors in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle races, winning the 50 with a mark of 24.62 (with sophomore teammate Anna Boyer second at 25.40), and coming back two events later to take the 100 at 54.20 (with Boyer second again at 56.63).
"She's one of the fastest in the state," Wilson said. "It's good to have someone to take those spots and anchor the relays. We can always expect a good swim out of her."
Freshman Kaitlyn Rumsey provided the Lions' other individual win, going 5:27.61 in the 500 freestyle to win by almost seven seconds.
In the relays, the Lions saw Pulaski, sophomore Kaden Bendel, freshman Krista Golgotiu and Jones post a 1:45.45 to win the 200 freestyle relay, while in the 400 free relay, it was Boyer, Pulaski, Calvi and Jones racing to victory with a 3:45.59.
Additional West Linn runners-up included: Calvi, Golgotiu, Rumsey and Boyer in the 200 medley relay at 1:58.19; Pulaski in the 100 butterfly at 1:02.83; and Rumsey in the 100 breaststroke at 1:14.09.
Event winners for Tualatin were: Abigail Karsseboom in the 200 individual medley at 2:20.15; Erika Farring in the 100 butterfly at 1:02.18; Britney Muralt in the 100 breaststroke at 1:13.61; and the 200 medley relay team of Karsseboom, Muralt, Farring and Isabelle Ehmig at 1:57.61.
Jerry Ulmer of OSAAtoday contributed to this story.
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