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Next up, the Wildcats, Falcons and Milwaukie boys will swim at the district meet.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Wilsonville sophomore Steve Khamvongsa swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay during his team's victory in the Northwest Oregon Conference meet at Parkrose Pool on Wednesday, Feb. 2.There's never a bad time to get after it, so that's just what the Northwest Oregon Conference's best boys swimmers did on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Parkrose Pool.

In their last regular season meet before the NWOC district meet, the Wilsonville, La Salle and Milwaukie boys swim teams battled each other and Parkrose, with the Wildcats and Falcons each winning twice and Parkrose once in the day's dual meet format.

The day's dual meet scores included: Wilsonville 91, La Salle 68; Wilsonville 107, Milwaukie 28; La Salle 83, Parkrose 49, La Salle 90, Milwaukie 36; Parkrose 47, Milwaukie 40.

"I feel like the team had its best meet yet," said Wilsonville senior Jay Thomas. "Everyone came through with lots of great races and even better attitudes."

The Wildcats won five events outright (winning against each of the three other teams they faced), getting two individual victories from sophomore Max Buchwald (he took the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 12.21 seconds, and came back later to top the 100 backstroke at 58.75) and one from junior Trevor Budiao (in the 500 free at 7:54.44).

Wilsonville also set the pace in two of the meet's three relays, with Buchwald, sophomore Steve Khamvongsa, junior George Helig and Thomas taking the 200 medley with a 1:54.78, and Thomas, Khamvongsa, Helig and Buchwald leading the way in the 200 free at 1:42.56.

Thomas also posted the day's second-fastest time in the 100 free (56.62) and third-fastest in the 50 free (25.18).

"My performance felt good,' Thomas said. "I swam the best I have in a while and it was refreshing. … I can't wait to see how district goes."



The Falcons, meanwhile, saw two swimmers step up to win individual events, while La Salle swimmers and relay teams posted the second-fastest times in another three races.

"The team (did) an amazing job this meet and made sure to swim their fastest to rack up the points needed to win," said junior Nik Jelusic. "They gave it their all … and are also ready to give whatever they've got left at the upcoming district swim meet."

Jelusic took top honors in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.22, while junior Emilio Silva was the team's other individual winner after setting the pace in the 100 freestyle with a 53.25.

"I feel that my individual performance could have been better today, but then again everyone has their good and bad days in swim," Jelusic said. "On the other hand, my relay teams really pushed themselves to swim their fastest against the rival teams."

The Milwaukie boys team features just five boys, but still put together some solid swims, with senior Kerman Gobela Flores winning twice against Parkrose, taking the 200 freestyle at 2:41.72 and the 100 breaststroke at 1:36.40.


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