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Swimming: Wilsonville boys rebound from loss, blast Parkrose with season high

Noah Norris, Chris Glaess each win two individual events to lead Wildcats


by: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville freshman Chris Glaess won the boys 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke races Jan. 23 in a dual meet against Parkrose in Portland.Coming off its first league loss of the season, the Wilsonville boys swimming team competed like it had something to prove.

The Wildcats overpowered Parkrose in a Northwest Oregon Conference dual Jan. 23 in Portland, scoring a season high as part of a 114-49 rout that featured numerous individual and team highlights.

The victory means that Wilsonville (4-1 in the NWOC), which fell to league-leading Liberty a week earlier, still has a chance to contend for runner-up honors in the conference a year after taking seventh out of eight teams.

“They’re pretty motivated to try to go for second place now that Liberty’s boys beat them,” coach Deb Mandeville said. “(The Falcons) have a lot of really good swimmers, but I think they have a shot at second place in the district. They have to get by Sherwood.”

Standout sophomore Noah Norris won both of his individual events against Parkrose, clocking in at 1 minutes 58.14 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle race and posting a time of 54.94 seconds in the 100 butterfly.

Mandeville said the North Marion transfer, who earned Class 4A state medals in the 50 free and 100 backstroke races last year, has not finalized his event list for the upcoming district meet.

“We’re still vacillating a little bit,” Mandeville said. “We’re looking at other events because he’s been doing a lot of work with weights, and he’s a lot bulkier, so we’re not quite set on what we’re going to do with him.”

Chris Glaess also had a successful meet against the Broncos, taking top honors in the 200 individual medley race with a 2:18.31 and clocking a 1:02.61 to win the 100 back.

Fellow freshman Derek Webb captured first place in the 100 free with a time of 56.55 seconds and had the second-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:17.07.

The Wildcats proved their superiority in the team events. They swept the top three spots in the 400 free relay, placed first and third in the 200 medley relay and added second- and third-place finishes in the 200 free relay.

Wilsonville topped its previous best output of the season, a 111-point effort Jan. 9 against Putnam.

The team will face Milwaukie on Jan. 30 before meeting the rival Bowmen in its league finale Feb. 6.

“They’re coming together quite well,” Mandeville said. “This says good things about our meet with Sherwood.”

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AT A GLANCE

WILSONVILLE BOYS SWIMMING

Dec. 12: Wilsonville 91, Sandy 79

Dec. 19: Wilsonville 89, St. Helens 80

Jan. 9: Wilsonville 111, Putnam 59

Jan. 16: Liberty 96, Wilsonville 72

Jan. 23: Wilsonville 114, Parkrose 49




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