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Swim teams split first league meet


In two close competitions, the girls top Grant while the boys are edged out

The West Linn swim teams turned in a pair of competitive matches against a strong Grant squad last week, with the girls earning a 91-76 victory and the boys giving the talented Generals all they could handle in an 84-79 defeat.

In the girls meet, the medley relay team of Laura Laderoute, Robin Pinger, Brie Balsbough and Brianna Dyrdahl barely broke a sweat, winning the opening race by nearly 10 seconds.

Sarah Cooper was edged out at the wall in the 200 freestyle but she and teammate Peyton Willis took second and third in the event.

Balbough then cruised to a win in the 200 individual medley, followed by Laderoute and Dyrdahl tallying a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle.

Grant won the 100 butterfly but Kyle Norris, Maxi Muessig and Cooper took second, third and fourth respectively.

The Lions got back in the win column with Pinger's victory in the 100 freestyle in 57.63 seconds.

After a win in the 200 freestyle relay by the team of Balbough, Muessig, Norris and Samantha Rhodes, Laderoute scored another win in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.96.

Pinger and Balsbough finished 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke and the Lions wrapped up a sweep of the relays when Norris, Willis, Dyrdahl and Balsbough won the 400 freestyle to seal the victory for the team.

In the boys meet, Grant had some top-notch swimmers but the Lions racked up points with their depth.

West Linn picked up its first victory in the 50 freestyle, finishing 1-2-3 in that event. Anton Anikin won in 26.20 followed by Sam Gomena and Terran Cox.

In the 100 butterfly, Nate Trank and Anikin finished 2 and 3 while the Lions picked up another win in the 100 freestyle as Parker Kilstrom won in 52.62 seconds.

In one of the better races of the night, West Linn edged out Grant in the 200 freestyle relay, getting good swims from Zachary Reid, Nate Steinke, Skyler Younger and Anikin.

The Lions would also win the 400 freestyle relay, topping Grant by .59 seconds. Kilstrom, Trank, Reid and Kyle Vu turned in the decisive swims in the final event of the night.