West Linn swimmers split meet at Newberg
You've heard the phrase "Another day, another dollar?"
For the West Linn swim teams, it's more like this — "Another day, another solid effort."
The Lions put forth another solid effort against Newberg last week, with the West Linn girls winning 90-80 at Chehalem Aquatic Center on Jan. 4, while the West Linn boys came up on the wrong side of a 93-77 score against the Tigers.
With the win, the Lion girls improved to 3-1 in Three Rivers League competition, while the boys fell to 1-2.
Next up, the Lions will swim against Lake Oswego at Lake Oswego District Pool at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
In the girls' win, the Lions saw junior Katelyn Laderoute and freshman Gabby Calvi come away with two individual victories each, while sophomore Maggie Metcalf and freshman Reem Alharithi won once each against Newberg.
Laderoute's victories came in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke, winning the IM with a time of 2 minutes, 13.63 seconds (with freshman teammate Audrey Chun second at 2:26.58) and adding her second "W" in the backstroke at 1:00.44 to take the event by more than nine seconds.
Calvi did her part in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, taking top honors in the 200 with a mark of 2:06.91 (with freshman teammate Aletta Combs second at 2:14.64), then coming back to set the pace in the 500 at 5:35.71 (with Combs second again at 5:56.95).
Metcalf broke through to top the field in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 1:01.68, while Alharithi sped to first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.37.
The Lions also won two of the day's three relays, with Laderoute, Alharithi, Metcalf and Calvi taking the 200 medley relay at 1:56.4, while Calvi, sophomore Gabriella Juhala, Chun and Laderoute won the 400 free relay with a 3:57.17.
Tina Childress was Newberg's top performer, winning the 50 freestyle at 25.00 and then taking the 100 free with a 54.79.
While the West Linn boys came up short against Newberg, they put together some solid swims and pushed the Tigers to the end, trailing just 83-73 until Newberg pulled away in the day's final relay.
Juniors William Chun and Kevin Vu set the pace for the Lions at Newberg, each of them winning two individual events in the meet. Chun set the pace in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, taking the IM with a mark of 2:12.31 (with junior teammate Paul Muessig second at 2:15.14) and adding his win in the breaststroke at 1:06.06 (with sophomore teammate Clay Barbee second at 1:10.29).
Vu did his part by winning back-to-back events, taking top honors in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 22.65 and coming back in the next race to win the 100 butterfly at 53.03 (with freshman teammate Nathan Rumsey second at 55.63).
The Lions' other win came in the 200 medley relay, with Chun, Barbee, Rumsey and senior Joseph Campbell finishing at 1:49.79.
In addition, West Linn got runner-up efforts from: Rumsey in the 200 free at 1:55.79; the 200 free relay team of Muessig, Barbee, Campbell and Vu at 1:34.20; Muessig in the 100 backstroke at 1:04.91; and the 400 free relay team of Vu, Muessig, Chun and Rumsey at 3:29.91.