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Raiders make their move

SWIMMING-Mount Hood Conference Swimming Preview

A year removed from winning double titles, the David Douglas swim program is looking for a repeat behind a group of talented returners in the water.

The Scots face the biggest challenge on the girls side where three of its top-level swimmers from last season have decided to pursue other interests this winter.

'That's quite a loss for us, so if we're going to win it we're going to have to be on our game,' David Douglas coach Jim Bowe said.

Reynolds appears to be the biggest challenger after leading all East County schools with a fourth-place finish at last year's 6A state meet. The Raiders return pretty much in tact from last year's squad that almost hit the century mark on the state scoreboard.

David Douglas was a bit of a surprise on the boys side last year, racing through the dual season unbeaten. A talented sophomore class is expected to keep the Scots in contention this winter, although Barlow has the top-end talent to remain a threat and Centennial could also find itself in the mix.

Here is a look at the five East County schools...

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