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Swimming: Coby Lemon, Jami Seevers return to lift North Marion at Molalla

Medically cleared for the first time this season, they help the girls place second at a six-team meet. Austin Dobaj and Andy Pine lead the Huskies boys.


by: CORY MIMMS / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Members of the North Marion girls swimming team follow the action Jan. 8 at Molalla High School. The Huskies took second place in boys and girls competition.Boosted by the return of two key athletes, the North Marion girls swimming team placed second out of six teams Jan. 8 during a meet at Molalla High School.

The Huskies tallied 79 points to finish behind Beaverton-Valley Catholic (97). Salem-Blanchet Catholic (66), Molalla (38), Gladstone (26) and Portland-Riverdale (20) rounded out the team scores.

North Marion’s success was due in part to Coby Lemon and Jami Seevers, who were medically cleared to compete for the first time this season.

“We certainly benefited from their presence,” coach Chere Moore said.

Lemon won the 100-yard butterfly race and added a fourth-place time in the 500 freestyle. She also joined Veronica Norris, Katie Palmer and Sami Pine to take second in the 200 medley relay race, and she teamed up with Seevers, Norris and Grace Durst for a runner-up score in the 400 free relay.

Norris also had several standout performances, winning the 50 free and 100 backstroke races.

Palmer had the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke, combining with Victoria Suchanski for a 1-3 finish in the event, and also took second in the 500 free. Noelle Prescott was fifth in the long event.

The Huskies scored points in every individual event except for the 200 individual medley race in which they did not have any entrants.

“It was great to be in the water competing after working hard during the winter break,” Moore said. “There were plenty of personal bests and season bests at the meet. I was very surprised by the ladies scoring to second in the meet. It definitely helped having the two girls available.”

On the boys side, North Marion won just two events but managed to take second place thanks to seven runner-up marks.

The Huskies scored 83 points, beating Gladstone (73) but unable to catch Blanchet Catholic (104). Valley Catholic (41), Riverdale (18) and Molalla (6) rounded out the team scores.

Austin Dobaj took first place in the 50 free and second in the 100 free, which teammate Andy Pine won. Pine was second in the 200 individual medley.

Dobaj and Pine also joined Noel Medina and Kyle Torian for second-place times in the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay races.

Torian was the runner-up in the 100 fly, while Nathan Jones had the No. 2 finish in the 100 breaststroke and a fourth-place mark in the 100 free. Jones, Torian, Medina and Cole Durst clocked a second-place time in the 200 free relay.

Sebastian Powers-Leach was fourth in the 100 back.

North Marion earned runner-up honors despite not being represented in the 500 free race.

The Huskies’ next meet is slated for Jan. 16 at North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie.

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AT A GLANCE

Jan. 8 at Molalla High School

Girls: Valley Catholic 97, North Marion 79, Blanchet Catholic 66, Molalla 38, Gladstone 26, Riverdale 20.

Boys: Blanchet Catholic 104, North Marion 83, Gladstone 73, Valley Catholic 41, Riverdale 18, Molalla 6.



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