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Visscher excels at state

The Cavalier freshman places in the top three in two events


by: DAN BROOD - Clackamas freshman Lainey Visscher heads for the finish in the 100-yard butterfly at last weekends Class 6A State High School Swim Meet, held at Mt. Hood Community College.GRESHAM — Clackamas freshman Lainey Visscher on Saturday proved herself one of the top young high school swimmers in the state at the Class 6A State Swimming Championships, placing in the top three in two events.

Visscher helped push Westview senior Michelle Cefal to state high school records in two events, finishing second only to Cefal in the girls 100-yard butterfly, and third in the 100-backstroke.

Visscher was clocked at 56.06 in the butterfly, less than three seconds back of Cefal (53.13).

Visscher (56.87) and Lakeridge junior Rowan Hauber (54.99) placed just back of Cefal (54.81) in the backstroke.

“Congratulations to Lainey, who showed that she is one of the premier freshmen in the state,” said Clackamas coach Dave Kraff. “Both of her swims were High School All-American consideration times.”

Oregon City boys made some waves at state, placing in the top 12 in five events.

Pioneer freshman Brian Frazier turned a few heads, earning seventh place in the 100-yard butterfly (52.86), seventh place in the 100-breast stroke (1:00.72), and helping pace two relay teams to high finishes.

The team of Frazier, freshman Isaac Watt, sophomore Josh Morton and senior Ben Bailey placed 11th in the 200-freestyle relay (1:33.79); and the team of Frazier, Watt, Morton and sophomore Justin Ng placed 12th in the 200-medley relay (1:45.01).

Watt also placed 12th in the 100-breast stroke (1:04.07).

Oregon City freshman Sarah Goodpastor placed 11th in the girls 500-freestyle (5:29.06).

Oregon City boys scored 21 points and placed 16th in the team standings. Sunset (260 points) was a runaway winner in the boys meet.

Jesuit (152 points) edged Sunset (145) and West Linn (143) for the girls team title.




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