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La Salle tankers second only to Madras at district


La Salle guys place high in nine events

LA GRANDE — La Salle Prep boys turned in a strong performance at the Special District 2 Swimming Championships, held here Feb. 8-9.

The Falcons guys scored 237 points and finished runner-up to Madras (296) in the 10-team field. Rounding out the scoring were: La Grande 137, North Marion 128, Riverdale 113, Valley Catholic 99, Baker 76, Corbett 46, Gladstone 30 and Molalla 7.

La Salle boys had eight swimmers place in the top six in individual events and they finished in the top three in three relays.

Sophomore Grant Gooding headed up the effort, winning first place in the 100-yard breast stroke (1:03.79), second in the 500-freestyle (5:01.01), and swimming on two relay teams that earned top three placings.

Gooding teamed up with senior Nolan Bollier, junior Ian Robinson and freshman Keenan Robinson to earn runner-up honors with a 3:36.81 clocking in the 400-freestyle relay; and he was also a part of a 200-medley relay team that earned third place (1:51.58).

Gooding helped the Falcons qualify for state in all four of his events.

La Salle boys were tough in the 100-backstroke, where freshman Keenan Robinson (1:04.48), freshman Tyler Kofzinger (1:04.86) and senior Nolan Bollier (1:07.09) placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Bollier also placed fourth in the 200-individual medley, and his time of 2:23.43 was good enough to qualify him for the state meet.

La Salle junior Chase Smith placed sixth in two events, the 50-freestyle (25.37) and the 100-freestyle (57.85).

Also placing in the top six for La Salle guys were: sophomore George Lilly, sixth in the 200-individual medley (2:31.10); junior Ian Robinson, sixth in the 200-freestyle (2:04.60); and junior Jeremy Hatcher, sixth in the 100-breast stroke (1:12.31).

The Falcon 200-freestyle relay team of Bollier, Hatcher, Smith and sophomore Brayden Wernli placed third in that event.

Senior Erin Flagg and sophomore Michelle Marin were the top performers for La Salle girls.

Marin earned second place in the girls 100-breast stroke (1:15.38), fourth place in the 200-individual medley (2:31.71), and she also teamed up with Flagg to help pace La Salle relay teams to third place in the 400-freestyle relay (4:07.46) and fourth place in the 200-medley relay (2:05.18).

Flagg also placed fourth at district in the girls 100-freestyle with a speedy 58.92 clocking.

Flagg's time in the 100-freestyle qualified her for state in that event, and Marin qualified for state in the breast stroke.

The Falcons also made state in the 400-freestyle and 200-medley relays.

La Salle senior Haley Yohn had a strong swim in the 500-freestyle (6:21.22), placing fifth at district in that event.

The Falcon 200-freestyle relay team earned fourth place in that event with a 1:55.03 clocking.

La Salle girls (162 points) finished fourth in the district meet team scoring, placing back of La Grande (238), Valley Catholic (212-1/2) and Madras (165).

Rounding out the girls team scoring were: Riverdale (120), Baker (96), North Marion (69), Gladstone (55), Molalla (34) and Corbett (15-1/2).