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West Linn swimmers off to strong start

The West Linn swim teams are off to a solid start this season. The Lions had a tough opening test against one of the league's top teams in Grant with the Generals winning both the boys and girls meets.

For the girls, there were plenty of standout swims. Kylie Norris captured the 200 freestyle in 2:17.15. West Linn also went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle with Brianna Dyrdahl winning in 26.99 and Lauren Cramer taking second.

Norris would also take second in the 100 butterfly.

Sarah Cooper had a terrific showing in the 100 free, taking it with a winning time of 1:02.93 while Cramer took second in the 500.

The West Linn girls would also win both freestyle relay events. In the 200 relay, the team of Norris, Cramer, Sara Frank and Amanda Comings won in 1:57.41 while the 400 freestyle team of Dyrdahl, Cramer, Frank and Cooper won in 4:17.99.

For the West Linn boys, Blake Bangs and Zane Gates-Walker took second and third in the 100 free.

Ryan O'Leary made it a sweep for West Linn in the 50 freestyle, winning it in 25.01.

Kyle Vu and Zachary Reid would go 2-3 in the 500 freestyle while O'Leary and Reid did the same in the 100 backstroke.

West Linn then took on Oregon City with the girls winning handily 103-62.

The Lions' 200 medley relay team got the meet started right with the team, featuring three freshmen in Laura Laderoute, Robin Pinger, Norris and junior Brie Balsbough winning in 2:03.63.

Pinger would then quickly turn around to win the 200 freestyle while Laderoute took home the 200 IM in 2:27.67.

Norris and Cooper scored a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle and Pinger followed with her second individual win in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.29.

Balsbough cruised to a victory in the 100 freestyle, cracking 1:03 in the process while Cooper and Cramer took second and third in the 500.

Laderoute won again in the backstroke and Balbsough tallied another impressive victory in the breaststroke with Pinger taking second.

The girls would also win both freestyle relays.

In the boys meet, Oregon City walked away with a narrow win but the Lions had plenty of victories in individual races.

Curtis Klein was virtually unchallenged in the 200 IM, winning in 2:14.83. Klein would later capture the 100 free in 55.65.

O'Leary won the 50 freestyle in 27.52 and would also win the backstroke in 1:08.75.

West Linn's 400 relay team of Klein, Vu, Nate Trank and Justus Highbarger also scored an impressive win.




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