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Rooker defends state swimming title

Forest Grove junior Gabe Rooker powers his way to a second straight state title in the 100 breaststroke

Make no mistake, Gabe Rooker will be shooting for a three-peat next year.

Rooker continued his career-long dominance of the 100-yard breaststroke, in February winning his second consecutive state title in the event. Rooker's performance helped the Forest Grove boys swim team pick up its fourth straight Top 10 finish at the OSAA Class 6A State Swimming Championships.

Rooker, still only a junior, defended his state title in the 100 breaststroke, winning by almost half a second with a time of 57.02 in the finals. Rooker's preliminary time of 56.88 was only a fraction of a second off his own school record and his time in the finals earned the junior automatic All-American status.

Rooker added to his medal haul with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle. His time of 1:41.55 was almost three seconds faster than the old school record of 1:44.31, set two years ago by brother Jon Rooker.

In addition, Gabe Rooker also swam on the Forest Grove boys 200 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams, which finished fourth and seventh, respectively.

That gives Rooker two state titles in two years. You can be sure he'll be looking to make it three in 2011-12.