by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Leland Miller of David Douglas takes a breath during a freestyle race at last years district meet. The Scots edged Centennial by a single point in the battle for last years MHC swim title.

The David Douglas swim team swept the boys and girls league titles last season, but staying atop the Mount Hood Conference standings will largely depend on a new batch of swimmers this winter.

The Scots bring a full roster to the pool with almost 70 students on the combined roster, but the team has graduated many of its top-flight club swimmers many of them competing in college pools.

“We have huge numbers. The team is larger than it’s ever been, but only six of those are club swimmers so we’re missing some of that top end speed,” Douglas coach Jim Bowe said. “You can never count our team out. The tradition of swimming here is important to these kids.”

Centennial is expected to be the biggest challenge on the boys side, while St. Mary’s continues to be a contender in the girls race.

Look for team capsules of the five eastside schools in the Friday, Dec. 7, print edition.

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