The West Linn boys swim team is still in the fight.
The Lions proved as much last week when they powered past Tualatin 98-70 at Tualatin Aquatic Center on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Along the way, they improved their Three Rivers League record to 3-2 with just one meet remaining, a 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, contest against Canby at Canby Swim Center.
"As a team we were all able to step up and swim fast, allowing us to win this meet," said West Linn junior Nathan Rumsey, who won both his individual races and also swam on two winning Lion relays. "It's great to see everyone continuing to swim their best."
West Linn, while battling illness as a team, stepped up to win seven of the day's 11 events against Tualatin. The Lions got two individual wins each from Rumsey and sophomore Adam Conrad, and they both also swam on two of their team's three winning relays.
Rumsey came through to win the 100-yard butterfly with a season-best time of 53.07 seconds, then came back later to take the 500 freestyle by more than 20 seconds at 4:57.43.
"Many of us were able to achieve personal best times late in the season. It's great to see that all of us are continuing to improve," Rumsey said. "I'm excited to see what I can do at district in two weeks. All in all, I'm encouraged to see that I am still improving as we head towards district and I can't wait to see (what's) in store."
Like Rumsey, Conrad won twice individually and also swam on two winning relays, taking top honors in the 200 individual medley with a mark of 2:10.56 (with sophomore Zachary Cozart second at 2:17.02) and besting the field in the 100 backstroke at 57.00.
Setting the pace in the Lions' winning relays were: Conrad, senior Clay Barbee, Rumsey and junior Mason Self in the 200 medley relay at 1:45.15; Barbee, Self, junior Riley Sokol and Rumsey in the 200 free relay at 1:36.31; and Sokol, Cozart, sophomore Gavin Hay and Conrad in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:34.51.
Additional West Linn runners-up were: Sokol in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.99; Self in the 50 freestyle at 23.69; Barbee in the 100 freestyle at 53.27; and Barbee in the 100 breaststroke at 1:09.43.
Tualatin winners in the meet were: Logan Mendez in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.26; Kent Pham in the 50 freestyle at 23.45 and 100 freestyle at 51.80; and Ben Glasser in the 100 backstroke at 1:06.31.
"I think this really shows the potential we have at district and state," Rumsey said.
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