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David Douglas swimmers take charge in title chase

MHC SWIMMING - The Scots beat rival St. Mary's 92-78
by: David Ball, David Douglas sophomore Laura Miller dives into the pool for the final leg of the 200-meter freestyle relay Tuesday against St. Mary's.

The David Douglas girls swim team picked up a convincing 92-78 early-season win against St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon to take control of the Mount Hood Conference title chase.

The Blues won half of the day's races, but David Douglas picked up key third-place points in all eight individual events to provide the winning margin.

St. Mary's stayed close early in the meet by winning three straight races. Hillary Frey started the streak by taking the 200-meter medley by two body lengths.

David Douglas bounced back when Laura Miller won the 100 freestyle, giving the Scots a 10-point lead at the midway point of the meet.

'We needed to step up,' Miller said. 'It was time to show them who's boss.'

The Scots clinched the team victory when Miller picked up her second win of the day in the 100 backstroke, giving Douglas a 16-point lead with two events left.

In other MHC action, Centennial swept Central Catholic 104-61 in the girls meet and 94-66 in the boys.

Extended swim coverage is published in the Wednesday, Dec. 13, issue of the Gresham Outlook.