Without some of its top swimmers, Vikings are left in Tigers' wake

Without some of his top swimmers, Forest Grove High School swimming coach Paul Waterstreet knew his team wouldn't be able to keep up with the Newberg Tigers last week, so he focused on a few individuals and found plenty to celebrate.

Although the Viking boys fell 122-47 and girls lost 118-43, the team had strong performances from several competitors.

'We had a couple kids stay home this meet and we're pretty thin,' Waterstreet said. 'But we had some guys that were right around their best times. Charles Morse, Jacob Baldwin and Jonathon Faris were some of them. Tim Sandage did a really good job in the fly and his backstroke.'

Waterstreet figures Newberg will be battling McMinnville for the district championship, but he says the Viks will be in the mix when they're up to full strength.

'I think at district we'll do fine just because we'll be able to compete for those top-three or four spots all the way through,' he said. But, obviously, depth-wise we run out pretty quickly.'

Highlights for the Vikings at the Jan. 12 away meet included:


• Stephanie Stanich, first in the 100 breast stroke (1:21.67); third in the 200 freestyle (2:24.68)

• Vera Hutchison, second in the 200 individual medley (2:25.20); second in the 100 butterfly (1:05.38)

• Morgan Kenny, second in the 100 freestyle (1:03.14)


• Tim Sandage winning the 100 backstroke (1:03.13) and placing third in 100 butterfly (1:00.01)

• Paul O'Day, second in 200 individual medley (2:13.56) and 100 butterfly (59.98)

• Charles Morse, second in 100 freestyle (53.55)

• David Alton, third in the 500 freestyle (6:05.60)

• Jonathan Faris, Morse, Sandage, O'Day, second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.75)

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