West Linn swimmers earn split with Grant
- Matthew Sherman
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
The West Linn swim teams had an impressive showing in their first dual meet of the year against a pair of very strong Grant teams.
The West Linn girls, swimming with just 12 participants and missing one of their top performers in Brie Balsbough, knocked off the Lady Generals 88-76 while the boys, who were missing top swimmer Curtis Klein, fell 95-74 which was a closer margin than when the teams met last year.
The girls started the meet well as the team of Brianna Dyrdahl, Lindsey Gilmore, Sarah Cooper and Ciara Wolfe captured the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:04.75.
Cooper would then swim to an impressive victory in the 200 individual medley, finishing in just under two and a half minutes.
Wolfe took home her first individual win of the meet, taking the 50 freestyle in 27.04 seconds.
Cooper has a busy night for the Lions, getting back in the pool for the 100 butterfly and coming away with another victory, cracking 1:10 in the win.
While West Linn lacked the depth that Grant had, it won the majority of the events which was enough to hold the Generals off.
Gilmore swam to a solid victory in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:50.39.
In the 100 backstroke, it was Dyrdahl's time to take home an individual win, edging out teammate Wolfe by less than half a second.
Gilmore won another race, taking the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:16.32 and the team's freestyle relay capped the evening with a great time of 4:07.04, which was good enough to top the Generals team.
For the boys, Branden Brooksby laid claim to the team's first win of the night, winning the 50 freestyle in 23.24 seconds.
Brooksby would also take second in the 100 freestyle.
Parker Kilstrom had a pair of second-place finishes in both the 100 butterfly and then the 500 freestyle.
West Linn would also capture the 200 freestyle relay behind strong swims from Brooksby, Erik Lavares, Anthony To and Justus Highbarger.
Ryan O'Leary recorded second-place showings in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke while To did the same in the individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
In all it was a very encouraging meet for the Lions who expect to be one of the league's top squads when they are at full strength.
West Linn will take on Canby this Thursday.