This one was a battle.
The West Linn and Oregon City girls swim teams went at each other hard in their Thursday, Dec. 9, contest at Oregon City Swimming Pool, with the Lions eventually edging away to win 89-81 in their Three Rivers League opener.
"It was great to be together as a team," said West Linn senior Anna Boyer, who won both the 200-yard individual medley and 400 freestyle. "Everyone had high energy and gave a great effort."
With the win, the Lions improved to 1-0 in Three Rivers League action, while the Pioneers fell to 1-1 in league.
Despite the loss, the Pioneers were proud of their efforts.
"West Linn is always very competitive, but I thought our spirit and attitude helped us a lot," said Oregon City senior Michelle Vu, who took top honors in both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. "There's a lot of new people who are young, so it's nice to know that they'll be here for the next few years."
Along the way to their victory, the Lions took two of the day's three relays, got two wins from Boyer and another individual victory from junior Sophia Pulaski in the 200 freestyle.
At the 200 freestyle relay, West Linn's Kaitlyn Rumsey, Boyer, Krista Golgotiu and Pulaski swam to victory with a time of 1 minute, 55.37 seconds. In the 400 free relay, Lions Pulaski, Kylie Christiansen, Danika Lambert and Jayna Patel raced to first place at 4:38.11.
Boyer did her part in the 200 IM and 400 free, taking the IM with a winning time of 2:34.30 (with Oregon City's Allie Hayes second at 2:36.80) and the 400 free at 4:57.83 (with Golgotiu second at 5:04.29).
"I was pleased with how I performed," Boyer said. "I felt strong during both of my individual events."
Pulaski provided West Linn's other win when she topped the field in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:31.80 (with OC's Ashley Fernald second at 2:37.39).
For Oregon City, Vu notched wins in back-to-back events, taking the 50 free with a time of 28.46 (with Rumsey second at 30.76), then coming back to top the 100 butterfly at 1:05.86 (with Pulaski second at 1:14.40).
"(It was) really fun because it was my first meet of the senior season," Vu said. "I wasn't able to go to last week's meet so it was just really exciting to see all the new swimmers on the team. I thought our girls' relays did great."
In the 200 medley relay, Oregon City's Hayes, Hailey Grotjohn, Vu and Ashlyn Watt set the pace at 2:12.11.
The Pioneers' other wins came from: Watt in the 100 freestyle with a 1:09.43 (with West Linn's Alison Keller second at 1:11.68); Hayes in the 100 back at 1:15.63 (with Lambert second at 1:18.98); and Grotjohn in the 100 breaststroke at 1:26.96 (with West Linn's Lillian Hackbarth second at 1:28.65).
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