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Central swimmers erase early challenge, claim dual meet title


The Rams score first-place points in seven of the 11 races Thursday against Barlow

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow's Dalton Hembd keeps his eyes ahead of him during a second-place effort in the 500-yard freestyle Thursday.

The Barlow boys swim team rushed the pool for an early lead Thursday only to see Central Catholic respond to claim the 96-73 dual win and the Mount Hood Conference regular season title.

The Bruins got out to a big start when Brandon Lowder led a sweep in the 200-yard freestyle, followed by Nick Thorne with a win in the 200 medley to put Barlow ahead 25-21 on the scoreboard.

But Central bounced back with Eamon McNeil leading a 1-2 finish in the 50 free that put the Rams in front in the team tally. They wouldn’t surrender that advantage, posting three more 1-2 finishes before the day was done.

The Rams scored first-place points in seven of the 11 races to finish the season with a 5-0 dual record.

Barlow finished the dual season at 3-2 — good enough for second place after David Douglas (2-2-1) and Gresham (2-2-1) swam to a draw in their finale.

The Barlow girls scored first-place points in five of the last six events to take a 98-68 win over the Rams.

Look for extended meet coverage in the Tuesday, Feb. 5, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the meet at …