Lincoln swimmers stick with tradition

Cleveland 'very happy' with second-place finish for boys and girls

The Cleveland Warriors gave Lincoln a spirited challenge, but the Cardinals still came away with the PIL boys and girls swim titles Saturday at Matt Dishman Community Center.

It was Lincoln's fourth straight sweep.

Cleveland's girls led Lincoln through eight of the 11 races, but Lincoln won the three final events to outpoint the Warriors 300-275.

Lincoln's boys beat Cleveland 291-231.

'It feels good to keep our tradition going,' Lincoln coach Amy Stell said after being tossed in the water as the Cardinals received their first-place trophies. 'The competition really helped us swim better. Everyone really wants to win pretty bad, so they were motivated.'

Cleveland also celebrated its strong finishes.

The Warrior girls won the 200 freestyle relay for the second straight year, senior Michelle Payment won the 50 freestyle, and senior Kate Sherman captured the 100 freestyle final.

Cleveland's boys won two relays, and senior Ty Schwoefferman set a district meet record in the 50 freestyle final.

'Everyone lowered their times and swam really well,' Cleveland coach Linda Zerba said. 'We qualified several swimmers for state, so we're very happy with our results.'

The Warriors benefited in the girls race when Wilson had both a relay team and an individual disqualified in two of the first three races, which coach Ed Weber said probably cost his team 29 points. Wilson finished third in the girls standings with 256.5 points.

The Class 4A state meet is Feb. 21-22 at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Junior Ali Davis and sophomore Jane Kestner both won two events to lead Lincoln's girls. Kestner won the 200 and 500 freestyle races and is hoping for a top finish at the state meet. She finished third in the 500 final last year.

'I'd like to get first or second this year,' she said. 'I'd like to move up at state.'

Senior Amy Jarvis and sophomore Jessica Embick also won events for Lincoln. Embick's time in the 100 breaststroke, 1:05.92, set a meet record.

Lincoln junior Aaron Clark-Ginsberg won the 200 and 500 to lead the Lincoln boys. David Radler and Hunter Wyonham also won events for Lincoln.

Grant junior Casey Dilg won two events (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) to pace the third-place Generals, who also got a victory from sophomore Max Dworkin in the 100 butterfly.

Schwoefferman's time in the 50 freestyle, 22.65 seconds, should put him among the contenders in that race at the state meet, where he will be joined by numerous teammates.

'It's amazing we were able to finish second because we only have 12 guys on our team,' Schwoefferman said. 'That says a lot about how well we swam.'

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