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South Salem sweeps Forest Grove in GVC dual meet

Vikings crown several individual winners but fall to the Saxons in the team chase

The Forest Grove swim teams have entered the late-season stretch, and they tuned up last week against a pair of solid South Salem sides.

Heading south for the second time in eight days to race at the Kroc Center last Thursday, the Viking girls dropped a 109-61 decision and the boys stuck close to their Saxon counterparts in a 99-71 loss.

Both the Forest Grove boys and girls recorded plenty of top results, winning five varsity events on each side of the meet.

For the girls, Daphne Janko and Cali Rowland were both double winners. Janko continued her outstanding freshman season with victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. She posted a time of 2 minutes, 1.93 seconds in the shorter event and went 5:23.05 to win the longer race.

Rowland turned in quality times in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. She finished in 2:17.14 in the IM and went 1:07.55 in the breaststroke, a very quick time for a dual meet. The clocking was so quick, actually, that it was faster than the time she swam last year at the Class 6A state meet when she won the consolation final (seventh place overall).

Jordan Bohms, another of the team’s outstanding underclassmen, added a win in the 100 free, dipping under 60 seconds with a time of 59.27.

The Forest Grove boys also had a pair of two-time winners in Trevor McGougan and Otis Shiel. McGougan pulled off the same double as Janko, taking the 200 free in 1:59.28 and the 500 free in 5:17.25.

Shiel won the mad-dash 50 free in a solid 23.23, and he also swam a leg on the Vikings’ victorious 200 free relay squad. Erik Myers, Duncan Reasoner and Hunter Bartoo also contributed legs on that squad, which finished in 1:40.64.

Gage Pittman added a first-place result late in the meet in the 100 backstroke, dipping under a minute with a 59.98 showing.

The Forest Grove teams were scheduled to round out their Greater Valley Conference dual meet schedule on Tuesday against McKay at the Forest Grove Aquatic Center. Results were not available at press deadline.

Next up, the GVC district meet is scheduled for Feb. 12-13 in McMinnville. Berths into the following week’s Class 6A state meet in Gresham will be on the line, with event winners and any swimmers who hit automatic qualifying standards guaranteed entry.

Last year, Rowland made the consolation finals in both the 200 IM and the breaststroke at state, while McGougan raced the 500 free.