Oregon City girls swimmers power past West Linn 89-48
In the ever-changing world of high school sports in 2021, just getting to compete sometimes seems like a big deal.
So the Oregon City and West Linn girls swim teams made the most of their opportunity on Thursday, May 27, with the Pioneers racing away to win 89-48 at Oregon City Swimming Pool.
"I feel great about the meet vs. West Linn," said Oregon City coach Bryan Watt. "Although we did not have a lot of time to prepare for this meet, I am really feeling the joy of the swimmers being able to be back in the water and swimming fast again."
The Pioneers built their victory on a performance that saw them win all nine of the day's events and also notch two runner-up finishes and four thirds. Swimmers did not compete in the 500-yard freestyle or 400 freestyle relay — those events were eliminated to shorten meets over COVID-19 concerns.
While the Lions did not win an event, they did garner seven runner-up finishes and another five thirds.
"I am very proud of our girls … (team) for getting back into competing despite the struggles with finding pool space due to COVID," said West Linn coach Parker Kilstrom.
Oregon City saw three different swimmers — senior Jane Shroufe, junior Michelle Vu and sophomore Allie Hayes — post four victories each against the Lions.
"Jane Shroufe (she'll swim at Division I Northern Arizona University next year) ... dominated both of her individual races," said Watt, adding that Vu has eclipsed all competition in the league in the 100 butterfly.
Shroufe did her part in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, taking the 100 free with a time of 1 minute, 2.49 seconds (winning by almost 18 seconds), then coming back later in the meet to set the pace in the breaststroke at 1:17.82 (this time winning by more than 16 seconds).
Vu came through in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, topping the 50 with a mark of 28.70 (where she won by more than four seconds) and following up in the very next event to take the butterfly at 1:06.51 (this time winning by more than five seconds).
And Hayes stepped up to win the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, notching a 2:17.07 in the 200 free and a 1:10.66 in the backstroke (where she won by almost six seconds).
That trio also came up victorious in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, teaming with sophomore Ashlyn Watt to take the medley relay at 2:08.52 and with Watt again to win the 200 free relay at 1:57.57.
Other top Oregon City finishers included Watt (who finished first in the 100 individual medley at 1:20.02) and Ashley Fernald (who took second in the 100 IM at 1:23.31).
For West Linn, the Lions' runner-up finishers included: sophomore Kaitlyn Rumsey in the 200 free at 2:20.71, and in the backstroke at 1:16.24; junior Isabelle Hall in the 50 free at 33.32; freshman Jayna Patel in the 100 free at 1:20.43; freshman Alyssa Chang in the breaststroke at 1:33.88; and the 200 free relay team of freshman Kylie Christensen, junior Madeleine Mathews, junior Riley Putnam and senior Parrish Noce at 2:18.23.
"I am optimistic that each meet will get even better as we progress this season," Kilstrom added.
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