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Bad paperwork decides PIL title

Cleveland snapped a 48-year title drought in girls swimming by winning the Portland Interscholastic League title Saturday at Matt Dishman Community Center. And the Warriors' swimmers didn't care that a Wilson error played a key role in their victory.

Wilson won five races and would have won the team title, but one of its relay teams was disqualified because of a paperwork problem. Those missing points allowed Cleveland to wear the crown for the first time since 1956.

Cleveland swimmers won just one race, the 200 freestyle relay, the event Wilson was disqualified from.

'It's totally awesome that we won,' Cleveland senior Codie Ierien says. 'We have a big team and a lot of fast swimmers. We didn't win many races, but everyone placed high, and that's what made the difference for us.'

Lincoln, powered by two wins from junior Sam Ekhoff, won the boys title for the fourth straight year. Cleveland took second.

Wilson's relay team was disqualified because one of its swimmers was entered in five events during the meet; four is the limit. That swimmer didn't actually swim in five races; she was entered in five, so the violation was merely on paper. But that was enough to disqualify the relay team that actually won the race. If Wilson had kept those points, the Trojans would have won the girls title for the first time since 1993.

'I'm the coach, and I'm supposed to check on those things,' says Wilson coach Ed Weber, who had an assistant coach fill out the event pairings for his swimmers. 'This is terribly disappointing.'

Wilson junior Cymon Kersh and freshman Sammy O'Dell each won two events, which qualified them for the state meet, Feb. 20-21 at Oregon State.

Ali Davis, a senior at Lincoln, also won two events.

Ekhoff won the 50 and 100 freestyle and swam on two winning relay teams, so he'll head to the state meet in four events.

'I set personal best times in all my races,' he says. 'It was a really fun meet.'

Seniors David Ratler and Eric Lovett also won races for Lincoln.

Wilson freshman Mathew Blasa was another two-event winner.

Notes

David Douglas easily won the girls title at the Mount Hood Conference swim meet Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College, winning seven events, including all three relays. Senior Jenni Stratton won the 200 and 500 freestyle races and senior Analicia Horn and freshman Anna Humphrey won the 50 and 100 freestyle, respectively. The Scots will head to the Class 4A state meet, Feb. 20-21 in Corvallis, as one of the favorites along with Tualatin and defending champion McMinnville. Stratton is the defending champion in both of her individual races.

Barlow won the boys title at the Mount Hood meet, edging David Douglas.

The district meets for the rest of the state are set for this weekend.

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