The Lions win plenty of races but succumb to Lake Oswegos depth

by: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn's Curtis Klein swims to a victory in the 200 individual medley during last week's meet against Lake OswegoThe West Linn swim teams continued their tough late-season schedule last week, squaring off against another state powerhouse in Lake Oswego.

The Lions but up some impressive results against the Lakers but Lake Oswego's depth was too much to overcome. The Laker girls won 94-76 and the boys won 100-54.

The West Linn girls gave Lake Oswego a fight, winning the majority of the evening's events and had one of their most impressive results in the first race of the evening.

In the 200 medley relay, West Linn's Laura Laderoute, Robin Pinger, Kylie Norris and Brie Balsbough held off a talented Lake Oswego tandem, winning by less than a second in 1:53.76.

Laderoute would then score a convincing victory in the individual medley in 2:16.08, winning by nearly 10 seconds.

Balsbough followed with an individual victory of her own, taking the 50 freestyle in 24.74 seconds.

The Lions made it three victories in a row in the 100 butterfly when Sidney Pinger edged out Abby Lyons by half a second, winning in a season-best time of 1:03.28.

West Linn scored its second relay victory in the 200 freestyle, backed by the team of Sidney Pinger, Brianna Dyrdahl, Robin Pinger and Balsbough.

Laderoute scored her second victory of the night in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 1:00.57, edging out her previous best time of the year.

That was followed by Balsbough's easy victory in the breaststroke, completing West Linn's victories for the evening.

Although the Lakers racked up points by filling up events, the meet should instill a lot of confident in the Lions who will see many of these same swimmers in the upcoming district meet and potentially again at state.

For the boys, Ryan O'Leary won the first individual race of the night, capturing the 200 freestyle in 1:58.58.

Curtis Klein followed with a dominant win in the IM, turning in a season-best time of 2:00.81.

Klein would later a win in the 100 freestyle in 50.84 seconds, winning by four seconds.

The Lions finished second and third in the 100 backstroke with strong swims from O'Leary and Kyle Vu.

West Linn has just one meet remaining, a non-league bout with Southridge today (Thursday) before the district meet which will be at Lake Oswego High School Feb. 8 and 9.

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