West Linn boys swimmers muscle to victory over Oregon City 80-41.
Since the West Linn boys swim team had to cross the Oregon City Arch Bridge and travel the full 2 miles to Oregon City Swimming Pool on Thursday, May 27, they figured they might as well bring their best.
The Lions did just that against the Pioneers, stepping up to win all nine of the day's events and post an 80-41 Three Rivers League victory.
It gave first-year West Linn coach Parker Kilstrom a big "W" against Oregon City and helped launch his first season successfully.
"I am very happy to join West Linn swimming and I am thrilled to have a season," Kilstrom said. "I am very proud of our … boys (team) for getting back into competition despite the struggles with finding pool space due to COVID."
While the Pioneers did not win an event, they did garner five runner-up finishes and another five thirds.
"I feel great about the meet vs West Linn," said Oregon City coach Bryan Watt. "The performance of both the guys and gals squads was very excellent, (especially since) this is the second dual meet of the season and ... we did not have a lot of time to prepare for this meet."
West Linn saw three different swimmers — senior Mason Self, junior Zachary Cozart and freshman Gabriel Shreiber — step up to post two individual victories each against the Pioneers.
Self did his part in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, taking the 50 free with a time of 26.26 seconds (winning by almost seven seconds), then coming back later in the meet to set the pace in the 100 free at 1:01.69.
Cozart came through in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, topping the butterfly with a mark of 1:05.64, then coming back two events later to take the backstroke with a 1:11.56 and win by more than 15 seconds.
And Shreiber stepped up to win the 100 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, notching a 1:04.83 in the IM (to win by more than eight seconds) and a 1:13.71 in the breaststroke (where he won by more than 11 seconds).
Self and Cozart were also winners in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, teaming with Timothy Varga and Christian Keller for a 2:06.09 in the medley relay and for a 1:50.93 in their victory in the 200 free relay.
Other top West Linn finishers included junior Alexander Tye (first in the 200 freestyle at 2:27.01 — he won by more than six seconds), and Varga (second in the breaststroke at 1:25.33).
"I am optimistic that each meet will get even better as we progress this season," Kilstrom added.
For Oregon City, five different Pioneers came through with runner-up finishes against the Lions. That group included: senior Brandon Fernald in the 200 freestyle with a 2:33.79; junior Wilson Riley in the IM at 1:13.10; junior Alex Bell in the 50 free with a 33.12; sophomore Zackary McDonald in the 100 free at 1:04.62; and freshman Cruse Condray in the backstroke at 1:26.77.
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