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Forest Grove swimmers dominate

Vikings cruise to a pair of lopsided victories against an undermanned North Salem squad

 - Forest Grove sophomore Cali Rowland swims to victory in the girls 100-yard breaststroke last Thursday during a Greater Valley Conference dual meet against North Salem.There are convincing victories, and then there are really convincing victories.

The Forest Grove swim teams posted a couple of the latter variety last Thursday, when both the boys and girls squads dusted North Salem at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center.

The girls topped their fellow Vikings 121-35, while the boys won 138-14 against a North Salem squad that counted just three swimmers on its roster.

With a relative dearth of competition, Forest Grove dominated, winning every varsity event on both sides of the meet.

“It’s good to — after getting that beating — to come back around and be able to just have a fun meet,” head coach Tabor Waterstreet said, referencing his teams’ losses to McMinnville two days prior. “This meet, just because North Salem has such a small amount of kids, we pretty much know how the meet’s going to go, so I let the athletes pick ... what they want, and for the most part, they get chances to swim what they want to do.”

For the girls team, those winners were:

• Cali Rowland (200-yard individual medley, 2 minutes, 25.55 seconds; 100 breaststroke, 1:13.64).

• Jordan Bohms (100 butterfly, 1:08.10; 500 freestyle, 5:49.30).

• Daphne Janko (200 free, 2:27.48; 100 free, 56.93).

• Sarah O’Donnell (50 free, 29.09).

• Rachael Van Loo (100 backstroke, 1:16.38).

• 200 medley relay (Chloe Janko, Rowland, Bohms, Daphne Janko), 2:08.79.

• 200 free relay (O’Donnell, Amelia Garcia, Stevie Walker, Van Loo), 2:08.63.

• 400 free relay (Rowland, Chloe Janko, Bohms, Daphne Janko), 4:45.65.

The boys victors were:

• Gage Pittman (50 free, 23.48; 500 free, 5:27.52).

• Trevor McGougan (200 free, 2:04.84; 100 fly, 1:03.24).

• Otis Shiel (200 IM, 2:17.10; 100 breaststroke, 1:12.03).

• Erik Myers (100 free, 56.71).

• Ian Romig (100 back, 1:07.27).

• 200 medley relay (Pittman, Duncan Reasoner, Shiel, McGougan), 2:04.35.

• 200 free relay (Myers, Hunter Bartoo, Reasoner, Shiel), 1:56.50.

• 400 free relay (Alex Rios, Alec LeCarno, Jorge Gonzalez, Romig), 4:43.89.

With North Salem low on numbers, the meet gave Forest Grove swimmers the chance to change up their events and have some fun. A number of them chose to contest their respective freestyle events in a stroke other than the crawl. For example, Daphne Janko won the girls 200 free race swimming the butterfly, and Bartoo took second in the boys 500 free swimming the backstroke the entire way.

“We got the chance to change our events, because usually we do the events that make us get points and we can win,” Bohms said. “But now, we’re like, ‘Oh, this team is not going to be as difficult as McMinnville, so we’re going to choose our events and have fun with it.’

“And people chose events that they don’t normally swim, and they thought it was really fun to do all that.”

Two days earlier, the Vikings hosted a loaded McMinnville team. The Forest Grove girls hung tough the whole way, falling 100-70 to the Grizzlies, and the boys lost 109-61 for their first setback this season.

On the girls’ side, Daphne Janko and Rowland both took first place three times. Individually, Rowland won the IM (2:23.37) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.00), while Janko touched first in the 200 free (2:04.12) and 500 free (5:31.03). They teamed with Chloe Janko and Bohms to win the medley relay (2:02.67) and finish second in the 200 free relay (1:49.82) as well.

Bohms added a second-place result in the 100 fly (1:07.61), while Chloe Janko was second in the 100 free (1:04.36) and 100 back (1:13.62).

Pittman won twice and finished second twice for the boys. He swam a best time in the 100 back to just edge McMinnville’s Levi Burres — 57.93 to 58.04 — and was second in the IM (2:10.89). He, Reasoner, Shiel and McGougan also won the medley relay in 1:47.17, finishing just 0.14 seconds ahead of the Grizzlies’ top team.

McGougan added a win in the 500 free (5:24.80). Shiel nabbed second places in the 50 (23.93) and 100 fly (58.70). Pittman, Myers, Bartoo and McGougan rounded out the meet with a runner-up spot in the 400 free relay (3:46.18).

After splitting their meets last week, the boys team moved to 4-1 and the girls improved to 2-3. With the Greater Valley Conference district meet about a month away, this winter is shaping into a banner one for the Viking boys, who didn’t win any dual meets two seasons ago and were a .500 team last year.

“Over the last couple years, we’ve improved very well,” noted Pittman, a sophomore who has played a significant role in that surge.

The Vikings have a break from competition this week. Their next meet is scheduled for Jan. 21 against Sprague in Salem.