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Forest Grove swimmers continue hot start to season

Viking boys race past West Albany to get their third consecutive dual meet victory

In recent seasons, the Forest Grove boys swim team struggled to win many dual meets.

Now the Vikings have won three in a row.

Forest Grove maintained its unbeaten streak last Friday by beating West Albany on the road, 95-75. The result improved the Vikings’ record to a perfect 3-0 in Greater Valley Conference action.NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: AMANDA MILES
 - Forest Grove's Duncan Reasoner swims the 200-yard individual medley during a conference dual meet against West Salem on Dec. 10.

Thanks in part to picking up wins in 10 of the 11 varsity events — including all three relays — the Vikings led wire-to-wire. In fact, the only event they did not win was the 100-yard freestyle. They also picked up two runner-up finishes, three thirds and six fourths to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

Trevor McGougan, Gage Pittman and Otis Shiel all picked up four victories apiece.

Those three made up three-quarters of the Vikings’ 200 medley relay team, which included Duncan Reasoner and opened up the meet with a win in 1 minute, 48.24 seconds.

Pittman and McGougan also swam on the 400 free relay, which won in 3:44.45. Erik Myers and Hunter Bartoo contributed legs on that relay. And midway through the meet, Shiel, Reasoner, Myers and Bartoo took the 200 free relay in 1:39.50.

Individually, in the 200 free, McGougan edged Reasoner for first place. McGougan finished in 2:01.99, while Reasoner finished just 0.44 seconds behind. McGougan later added a win in the 500 free (5:19.86).

Shiel picked up his two individual wins in back-to-back events, the 50 free and 100 butterfly. In the 50, he edged West Albany’s Kieran Van Horsen, 23.74 to 24.17. He came back a few minutes later to win the 100 fly by nearly two seconds in 58.68.

Pittman hit the final wall just in front of the Bulldogs’ Elijah Clements in the 200 individual medley, finishing in 2:14.80 to Clements’ 2:15.17. He also won the 100 backstroke in 1:02.03.

Reasoner added a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, just more than a second faster than Jaden Humphreys of West Albany in 1:09.32.

On the girls’ side of the meet, the Vikings picked up more wins than the Bulldogs — six to five — but the home team showed a bit more depth with eight second-place finishes and nine thirds to prevail, 102-68.

Both Cali Rowland and Daphne Janko were four-time winners for Forest Grove. The two linked up twice on first-place quartets in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Chloe Janko and Jordan Bohms also swam on both squads.

Those four took the 200 medley relay in 2:00.56, less than two seconds ahead of West Albany, and they cruised to victory in the 400 free relay — the final event of the meet — in 4:05.35.

Rowland was involved in one of the tightest finishes of the meet when she just outswam the Bulldogs’ Eve Vetter in the 200 IM. Rowland was timed in 2:21.13, with Vetter close behind in 2:21.76. The sophomore’s win in the 100 breaststroke was much more comfortable, as she finished more than seven seconds ahead of the field in 1:13.51.

Daphne Janko added comfortable wins in the 200 free (2:03.00) and 500 free (5:29.84).

Bohms added second-place results in the 50 free (28.07) and 100 fly (1:08.20), while Chloe Janko was second in the 100 back (1:12.12) and third in the 100 free (1:03.79).

Sarah O’Donnell, Amelia Garcia, Stevie Walker and Rachael Van Loo added a third-place effort in the 200 free relay (2:05.78).

Forest Grove is off until after the New Year, and then the Vikings will host two meets in one week. They welcome McMinnville to the Forest Grove Aquatic Center on Jan. 5, and then North Salem visits two days later.