With over 70 racers coming out to join the swim team, the Wildcats look to claim league titles

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - The Wildcats look to send more swimmers to the state meet this, and with a plethora of new talent they should be able to do so. Wilsonville's swimming teams are going to be a big presence in the pool this season. No, really, a BIG presence. The programs will field over 70 swimmers, and a good number of them will be returning to swim in the blue and silver.

While the team graduated several key members last year, the returning cast figures to be prominent and strong enough to make a solid run towards state. Junior Emily Nguyen and sophomore Kayla Leon-Guerrero will be returning to join senior Sarah Carr on the relay team that took eighth place in the state meet last year. SPOKESMAN PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Wilsonvilles girls team seeks to reclaim the dual meet title that they won last year.

Coach Deb Mandeville had nothing but praise for Carr and her teammates as they look to begin their season.

"On the girls side we have Sarah Carr returning for her senior season," Mandeville said. "She has been our top scorer for the last three years with her best finish last year being a second in the 100 freestyle at the State meet. She is joined this year with very fast freshman Abby Maoz."

Other athletes that Mandeville expects to come up big in league include junior Alexis Leon-Guerrero, senior Sierra Bishop, Delaney Dougherty, Stephanie Bashoury, Jensen Lorio, Alex Saccente, Madeline Schaaf, Lauren Seibel, and Michelle Stevens.

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - The boys team returns to several key swimmers and looks to make key strides towards securing a league title this year. The boys team is expected to field a lot of new swimmers, but will return sophomore Vincent Nguyen and senior Wesley Norris, who sat out last season due to injury. Mandeville mentioned several other key racers on the boys side of things, including big contributors junior Davis Armitage, junior Pablo Campos, senior Dawson Durig, junior Aneesh Gupta, sophomore TJ Hagen, sophomore Jarrod Seibel and junior James Weiser. Newcomers expected to make an inpact are freshman Cade Butterworth, freshman Elijah Hiltebrand, and freshman Sebastian Pinger.

The teams to watch out for on the outset of the season are twofold, according to Mandeville.

"Hillsboro and LaSalle were our biggest competition last year so we will be looking to prepare well for those dual meets and try to line-up strategically against them for districts," Mandeville said.

Overall though, Mandeville is confident in her team's chances to claim the league titles this season.

"We should have a good dual meet season this year again because of our depth on both the girls and the boy's teams," Mandeville said. "Our girls were the dual meet champions last year and hope to repeat. We should have a better finish at championship meets this year with the increased numbers and talented additions to the team."

The Wildcats first swim meet of the season will be Dec. 14 against Parkrose at the Eisenschmidt Pool in St. Helens at 4 p.m.

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