Wilsonville swimmers show improvement across the board
SANDY—It was a lopsided victory for Wilsonville's swim teams, as they defeated Milwaukie's representatives across the board. Part of the reason for the near unanimous success was simply that Milwaukie fielded a very small team.
The Wildcats took first place in every event, and took the first three spots in nearly all of the races and relays.
The team got the meet started off on the right foot, with seniors Sierra Bishop and Lauryn Seibel, and juniors Alexis Leon-Guerrero and Michelle Stevens taking first place in the girls 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of two minutes seven seconds (2:07.28). Taking second place was another Wilsonville relay team featuring senior Emily Aube, juniors Alexandra Nelson and Madeline Schaaf, and sophomore Emily Bashoury at 2:22.
In the 100-yard backstroke Aube, Leon-Guerrero, and Nelson took the top spots with times of 1:30.28, 1:33.02, and 1:35.35 respectively. In the 100-yard breaststroke, freshman Abigail Maoz and junior Stevens took first and second place, improving upon their previous personal bests with times of 1:07.58 and 1:30.69 respectively. In the 500-yard freestyle race, Sarah Carr and Alex Saccante shaved huge chunks off of their personal bests, coming in at 5:32.6 and 7:37.11 respectively.
On the boys side of the event, they too got things started with the two top spots in the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Davis Armitage, freshman Cade Butterworth, senior Pablo Campos, and sophomore Nate Atwood claimed first with a time of 2:08.54. In second place, senior Durig Dawson, junior Aneesh Gupta, and sophomores TJ Hagen, and Jerrod Seibel finished with a second place effort of 2:30.09.
In the 200-yard freestyle race, Hagen dropped 7.53 seconds off of his personal best with a time of 2:31.70. Freshman Kyle Lam came in second place with 2:50.50. Wilsonville's Sebastian Pinger took first place in the 200-yard individual medley with a mark of 2:30.3, and Armitage and Gupta came in just behind with times of 2:44.3 and 2:50.39 respectively.
Apart from all the top finishers, another thing to note about Wilsonville's results is that so many people set personal bests. Across all swimmers and all individual events, 56 different swimmers improved upon past marks. For coach Deb Mandeville, it is all about treating her swimmers as though they are all varsity.
"I can only put three swimmers in each varsity event so many of the kids only swim in JV events until districts when the events are unlimited," Mandeville said. "At districts only the top four can score and move on to the finals. This sets up competition not only to make the second day but to be in that top four that are eligible."
Wilsonville's next swim meet is Saturday, Jan. 20 at Parkrose High School.