La Salle girls swimmers sweep, Wilsonville wins twice at Parkrose
With the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet looming just a week in the future, the La Salle, Wilsonville and Milwaukie girls swim teams went at each other hard.
Competing at Parkrose Pool on Wednesday, Feb. 2, La Salle's girls stepped up to win three times, while Wilsonville posted two "Ws" and Milwaukie one. The day's dual meet scores included: La Salle 90, Wilsonville 60; La Salle 120, Parkrose 7; La Salle 111, Milwaukie 38; Wilsonville 100, Parkrose 12; Wilsonville 90, Milwaukie 46; Milwaukie 68, Parkrose 12.
"Everyone did great — lots of encouragement and teamwork," said La Salle sophomore Gabrielle Wolfe, who helped her team win the 200-yard medley relay. "We had some slip-ups, but it all worked out fine. I was surprised that we beat Wilsonville by that much."
The Falcons won three events outright (winning against each of the three other teams they faced), getting individual victories from freshman Kayla Chapman and freshman Rowan Mozena, and also taking the 200 medley relay.
Chapman led the way in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 5.75 seconds, while Mozena set the pace in the 100 freestyle at 1:06.68. In the 200 medley relay, Chapman, senior Meiruh Tengsico, freshman Caitlin Keeler and sophomore Gabrielle Wolfe posted a 2:05.71.
"I feel I improved in my freestyle technique in our relays," said Wolfe, who swam on all three of her team's relays as well as the 100 butterfly. "Tips from my cross-fit coach really helped. I was nervous about the butterfly, which is not my usual event, but felt good when I was done."
For Wilsonville, senior Riley Lawler and senior Caitlyn Jew won two individual events each, freshman Gabrielle Maoz won once, and the Wildcats also took the 200 free relay.
"I'm so proud of our team and just wanted everyone to have a great time and try their hardest. It's really fun when we win, but the scores aren't really what matter at this point," Lawler said. "It's about working toward our postseason and improving each week."
Lawler came through in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races, taking the 200 at 2:16.38 and coming back to win the 500 with a 5:45.09.
"I feel good about my performance," she said. "It was a rough start, but my 500 was the fastest I have gone in a while so being able to get in and get that race felt amazing."
Jew sped to victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:34.82, then came back later in the meet to win the 100 backstroke at 1:10.53. Maoz, meanwhile, did her part by winning the 100 breaststroke with a 1:20.37.
And in the 200 free relay, Jew, Maoz, senior Olivia Parry and Lawler set the pace at 1:58.34.
For Milwaukie, the Mustangs' big breakthrough came in the 400 freestyle relay where senior Alice Pagnoni, sophomore Austin Erwin, freshman Helen Beecher and junior Skylar Stowers set the fastest time of the day at 3:52.35.
"Our team has made tremendous growth over the season and I'm eager to see all of them improve more," Stowers said. "It brings me so much joy watching our new swimmers competing in varsity events and I know we can only get better."
Individually, Stowers was Milwaukie's best, recording the second best time of the day in the 100 freestyle at 1:11.10 and also competing in the 50 free and 200 medley relay.
"Overall, I was happy with my performance at the Parkrose meet," she said. "Though I didn't shave off any time, I was content with my place in each of my races."
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