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Local swimmers help state take third in West

by: Submitted photo, Eight members of the Lake Oswego Swim Club pose for a group photo after they helped an Oregon all-star team place third in the Western Zones Swim Championships in California last weekend. The LOSC team members included Daniel Chen, back left, Alex Lyons, Nick Bode, Brian Cha, Karen Turner, front left, Cassidy Robison, Amy Wiley and Sherry Zhang.

Eight swimmers from the Lake Oswego Swim Club represented Oregon at the 2006 Western Zones Swimming Championship in California last week. The annual meet attracts many of the best age-group swimmers from 13 western states.

The LOSC swimmers' performances helped Oregon finish third overall. Karen Turner, 12, had an outstanding meet, improving her times in virtually every event. She won two gold medals in both the 50 and 100 backstroke events. In the 100 backstroke, Turner's finishing time was more than two seconds faster than her nearest competitor. She also won silver medals in both the 100 freestyle and 100 fly events and had a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle.

Amy Wiley, 12, also had an excellent meet, making the finals in three individual events by finishing fifth in the 50 breaststroke, seventh in the 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

Turner and Wiley also swam together on the 200 free relay team that won a gold medal and on the 400 free relay that won silver.

Several other LOSC swimmers recorded personal bests, helped their relay teams win medals and achieve critical points for Oregon.

Daniel Chen, 12, swam on the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay that won silver medals, and took bronze on the 400 free relay. Brian Cha, 14, swam on the 400 free relay that took fourth and on both of the 200 free and medley relays that took fifth. Alex Lyons, 12, swam on the 200 medley relay that finished sixth and the 400 medley relay that finished seventh.

Nick Bode, 12, swam on the 200 free relay that took seventh and on the 200 free relay that finished ninth. Sherry Zhang, 12, was on the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay that finished 10th. Cassidy Robinson, 11, swam on the 200 medley relay that finished fourth and 400 medley relay that finished 11th.