That's what the West Linn girls swim team was aiming for and that's exactly what the Lions got.
West Linn closed out its perfect Three Rivers League dual meet season on Thursday, Feb. 7, when the Lions swam past Canby 107-63 at Canby Swim Center.
"All the kids knew that we had to have a good showing, and we had quite a few personal best swims, even with some kids swimming 'off' events," said West Linn coach Katie Wilson. "The girls finished the meet strong and were able to remain undefeated for the dual meet title, which they were very excited about."
The West Linn boys followed suit, rolling past the Cougars 106-64 to end their regular season on a high note.
"Overall, the team swam well and put up some good times … to win over Canby," Wilson said.
With their victory, the West Linn girls finished TRL competition with a 7-0 record, giving the Lions the first league dual-meet crown in Wilson's 10-year tenure as head coach; indeed, she was a member of the Lions' last dual-meet champion back in 2004.
West Linn's boys went 4-2 in TRL action to place third in the regular season.
Next up, both teams will swim in the Three Rivers League district meet, set for 8:45 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
"At district, the girls know it will be a close meet, but we are excited to have a shot at winning," Wilson said. "I feel they have a strong chance to win … and that our success from the season will carry over."
The Lions dominated the Cougars from start to finish last week, getting two individual wins from junior Gabby Calvi, along with one each by freshman Helena Jones, sophomore Anna Boyer and freshman Kristin Golgotiu, not to mention a sweep of the day's three relays.
Calvi did her part in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning the 200 IM with a time of 2 minutes, 17.50 seconds (with freshman teammate Kaitlyn Rumsey second at 2:21.51) and coming back later in the meet to win the backstroke at 1:01.80.
Jones stepped up in the 50 free to place first at 25.16, Boyer topped the field in the 100 free with a 55.48, and Golgotiu came through to take the 100 breaststroke with a 1:15.59 (with freshman Lillian Hackbarth second at 1:19.39).
In the relays, Calvi, Golgotiu, senior Maggie Metcalf and Boyer went 1:54.78 to win the 200 medley relay, Jones, Metcalf, freshman Sophia Pulaski and Boyer set the pace in the 200 free relay at 1:42.95, and in the 400 freestyle relay, Boyer, Pulaski, Calvi and Jones took first at 3:52.51.
Additional runners-up for West Linn were: Pulaski in the 200 free at 2:01.39; Pulaski in the 100 butterfly at 1:05.70; and the 400 free relay team of sophomore Allison Keller, senior Aivy Truong, senior Gabriella Juhala and Rumsey at 4:09.71.
The Lions boys were just as good, finishing first in nine of the meet's 11 events, taking second in five of those and third in six.
West Linn built its big win on two victories each from sophomore Adam Conrad and junior Nathan Rumsey, while also getting "Ws" from junior Mason Self, senior Clay Barbee and junior Riley Sokol.
Conrad stepped up to take the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:55.57 (with Sokol second at 2:01.71) and later topped the field in the 100 backstroke at 56.66 (this time with sophomore teammate Zachary Cozart second at 1:01.79).
Rumsey broke through to take the 200 IM at 2:01.80 (with Cozart second at 2:13.59), then came back two races later to finish first in the 100 butterfly with a 55.43. Self set the pace in the 50 freestyle at 24.12, senior Clay Barbee took first in the 100 free at 53.48, and Sokol set the pace in the 500 free at 5:28.48 (with senior Clay Menta second at 5:58.76).
The Lions also won two of the three relays, with Conrad, Barbee, Rumsey and Self winning the 200 medley relay at 1:44.47, and Conrad, Sokol, Barbee and Self taking top honors in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:38.61.
Additional West Linn runners-up were: Barbee in the 100 breaststroke at 1:08.18; and the 400 free relay team of Sokol, sophomore Gavin Hay, Cozart and Rumsey at 3:40.74.
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