Girls pull out a win despite missing two elite swimmers

West Linn's girls swim team edged out Clackamas last week despite missing two of its top swimmers in Brie Balsbough and Brianna Dyrdahl.

The Lions came away with an 88-82 victory to stay unbeaten in league.

West Linn opened up with a strong performance in the medley relay. Laura Laderoute, Robin Pinger, Maxi Muessig and Sarah Cooper won the event in 1:55.82. That was followed by Laderoute cruising to a 14-second victory in the 200 freestyle with a winning time of 2:01.38.

In the 200 individual medley, Pinger also scored a lopsided win with a time of 2:15.44.

Kylie Norris picked up an impressive win in the 50 freestyle, toughing the wall in 26.65 seconds, more than a second faster than Clackamas' top sprinter.

The Cavaliers would then go on a run, winning the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle to close the gap. However, West Linn score a crucial 1-2 victory in the 200 freestyle relay to regain control.

The team of Norris, Muessig, Pinger and Samantha Rhodes won in 1:49.96 while West Linn's No. 2 team of Emily Hamel, Sarah Archuleta, Amanda Comings and Lauren Cramer edged out Clackamas' top team.

The best battle of the evening came in the 100 backstroke. Both Laderoute and Clackamas' Liney Visscher, two of the top swimmers in the state, finishing in under one minute with Visscher touching out Laderoute by a 10th of a second.

Pinger would score an easy victory for the Lions in the breaststroke to all but seal the victory for West Linn.

In the boys meet, the Lions faced a tough test with only nine swimmers against Clackamas' large team. The boys put up some impressive times but fell 107-61.

The medley relay team of Zachary Reid, Kyle Vu, Parker Kilstrom and Anton Anikin won handily in a time of 1:52.16.

Kilstrom would cruise to a win in the 200 freestyle in 1:55.56 but Clackamas would finish 2-5 in the event.

In the 200 IM, Vu was edged out by Dima Dubovoy while the Lions' Nate Trank took third.

Kilstrom scored another victory for West Linn in the butterfly, topping Dubovoy with a time of 56.27 seconds.

The 500 freestyle went down to the wire with Reid taking second place by just two-tenths of a second.

Later, in the 100 backstroke, Vu scored an easy victory, winning in 1:01.20 seconds.

The Lions take on Lakeridge Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Lake Oswego pool.

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