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Lake Oswego Swim Club shines at state meet

Forty-two swimmers from the Lake Oswego Swim Club qualified for and competed in the 11 and Over Long Course State Championship meet at Mt. Hood Community College on July 26-29 and made quite a stir in the swimming community. The swimmers' months of hard work were rewarded with a second-place overall team finish, the result of points earned by many impressive swims.

'The kids put in so much hard work and determination this summer. It was great to see some of our swimmers who have never made the finals before step up big for our team by finishing in the top-eight for the first time in their careers,' head coach Coley Stickels said.

Nine state records were broken at the meet - seven of them by LOSC.

'We really swam well as a team. When our 11-12 Girls relay broke the state record on the first event of the night, it really set the momentum up for the other relays that followed. Watching their teammates swim at such a high level, the rest of the group had the confidence that they could do the same,' Stickels said.

Sixteen first-place individual finishes were achieved by:

Grace Carlson:

Girls 11 Year Olds 50 Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Butterfly, 50 LC Meter Backstroke, 200 LC Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Freestyle, 50 Meter Butterfly

Sarah Feil :

Girls 13 Year Olds 50 Meter Freestyle, 200 Meter Breaststroke

Celia Keany:

Girls 11 Year Olds 400 Meter Freestyle

Cassidy Robinson:

Girls 12 Year Olds 50 Meter Freestyle

Karen Turner:

Girls 13 Year Olds 200 Meter IM, 100 Meter Backstroke, 100 Meter Butterfly, 200 LC Meter Freestyle, 100 Meter Freestyle

Amy Wiley:

Girls 13 Year Olds 100 Meter Breaststroke

Ten 1st place relay finishes were achieved by the teams of:

Grace Carlson, Brenda Cha, Cassidy Robinson and Celia Keany

Girls 11-12 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 11-12 200 Meter Medley Relay, Girls 11-12 400 Meter Freestyle Relay

Karen Turner, Amy Wiley, Sarah Feil and Kemy Lin

Girls 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay, Girls 13-14 400 Meter Medley Relay, Girls 13-14 400 Meter Freestyle Relay

Andrew Heymann, Nick Bode, Alex Lyons and Daniel Chen

Boys 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Boys 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay, Boys 13-14 400 LC Meter Freestyle Relay

Grace Carlson's 27.49 50 Meter Freestyle broke the state record and is currently ranked #1 in the US. In addition, six of the 1st place relays also broke state records (Girls 11-12 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Boys 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay, Boys 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay, Girls 11-12 400 Meter Freestyle Relay) and four of the girls'are ranked #1 in the country (Girls 11-12 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 11-12 200 Meter Medley Relay, Girls 13-14 200 Meter Freestyle Relay, Girls 13-14 200 Meter Medley Relay).

'Having four national champion relays in one meet is something that I really can't believe. I knew we would be close to several state records, but to have four of them be the fastest in the U.S. is going beyond anything I ever expected,' Stickels said.

Top-three finishes were earned by:

Brie Balsbough:

3rd - Girls 11 Year Olds 50 Meter Breaststroke

Brenda Cha:

2nd - Girls 11 Year Olds 200 Meter IM, 3rd - 100 Meter Butterfly, 2nd - 50 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd - 50 Meter Backstroke, 50 Meter Butterfly

Daniel Chen:

3rd- Boys 13 Year Olds 200 Meter IM, 3rd-200 Meter Freestyle, 3rd-100 Meter Freestyle

Sarah Feil:

2nd - Girls 13 Year Olds 200 Meter IM, 2nd - 100 Meter Butterfly, 3rd-100 Meter Freestyle, 2nd- 100 Meter Breaststroke

Celia Keany:

3rd - Girls 11 Year Olds 50 Meter Freestyle, 2nd- 100 Meter Backstroke, 3rd- 50 Meter Backstroke, 3rd- 100 Meter Freestyle

Cassidy Robinson:

3rd-Girls 12 Year Olds 50 Meter Backstroke, 3rd-200 LC Meter Freestyle, 2nd-100 Meter Freestyle

Karen Turner:

3rd-Girls 13 Year Olds 100 Meter Breaststroke

Amy Wiley:

2nd-Girls 13 Year Olds 50 Meter Freestyle.

'Regardless of their placing at the meet, all the swimmers who worked so hard all season to qualify for the state meet were winners in one way or another,' parent Bill Wiley said. 'The great thing about the sport of swimming is it prepares our kids for real life. Whether it is dealing with success or disappointment, achieving goals or just problem solving, swimming is a great environment for developing real life skills and good habits.'

The swimmers qualifying for the 11-and-over Long Course State Championship meet were: Matt Agritelley, Brie Balsbough, Nick Bode, Anthony Brost, Grace Carlson, Brenda Cha, Brian Cha, Jamie Chang, Amy Chen, Daniel Chen, Julia Dahl, Timothy Engvall, Sarah Feil, Kaylee Gaman, Jeff Gately, Nick Gipe, Rachel Gipe, Emma Goehler, Joshua Hammes, Isaac Hayden, Wyatt Hayden, Allison Heymann, Andrew Heymann, Zachary Joslin, Celia Keany, Katie King, Elmer Le, Kemy Lin, Jason Lou, Abby Lyons, Alex Lyons, Sean Malinoski, Luke Marshall, Matt Nachreiner, Devon O'Leary, Cassidy Robinson, Alex Schiedler, Karen Turner, Grant Van Hoomissen, Katie Van Hoomissen, Amy Wiley, Catherine Yee, and Sherry Zhang.