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Also: Lainey Visscher in record form for Clackamas

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City sophomore Brian FrazierLAKE OSWEGO — Oregon City High School’s boys swim team turned more than a few heads at last weekend’s Three Rivers League district swim meet.

The Pioneers nearly beat out Grant for second place in the boys meet. They qualified four boys for state in seven events, and they set some district meet records.

“Wow! An unbelievable finals,” said Oregon City coach Bryan Watt. “I have literally never seen anything like it. An awesome job by everyone! And six district championship swims.”

The Pioneer boys scored 184 points and placed third in the team scoring, finishing close behind Lake Oswego (234 points) and Grant (203).

“We couldn’t have beaten Lake Oswego, because of their depth,” said Watt. “But we would have beaten Grant, except for a disqualification.”

The disqualification came in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, where the team of sophomores Isaac Watt and Brian Frazier and juniors Chase Tucker and Josh Morton blew away the field, completing the race in a district-record time of 1:29.60. But before they could finish celebrating, coach Watt was notified that one of his swimmers left too early and the team was therefore disqualified.

“We absolutely blew everyone away,” said Watt. “Won by body lengths. I’m not questioning the disqualification. If the judges said we had a kid leave early, then we had a kid leave early. But it wasn’t by very much.... That was our only letdown of the entire district meet. The kids recovered and swan great in their remaining races. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Lake Oswego’s winning time in the 200-freestyle relay was 1:34.50.

Oregon City was also tough in the 200-yard medley relay, where the same four boys raced to a time of 1:39.18, beating out Grant (1:41.78), which also qualified for state in the event by beating the state qualifying standard. It was a repeat district title for the Pioneers in the event.

“Every kid PR’d, and we beat Grant by 2.6 seconds,” said Watt. “A terrific race. I’m so proud of the kids.”

Frazier also won district titles in the 200-individual medley (1:54.67) and in the 100-freestyle (47.71). He was one of three swimmers to meet the state qualifying standard in the individual medley and one of two swimmers to meet the standard in the freestyle. His time in the individual medley was just six tenths of a second off the district record.

“Brian told me right before he swan the medley, “I’m going for a 1:57. He swims it in 1:54.67 and beats the pack by five seconds. That’s amazing! It’s just unheard of.”

Frazier’s previous best time for the individual medley was 1:58.6. His personal best in the 100-freestyle prior to the district meet was 48.7.

The Pioneers had another double winner in Morton, who set the pace in the 100-butterfly (52.64) and in the 200-freestyle (1:47.08), recording personal records in both events. Morton just nosed out Lake Oswego sophomore Edward Kang (52.68) in the butterfly, where both swimmers met the state qualifying standard.

“Josh just absolutely killed it in both races,” coach Watt said.

The sixth district title came in the 100-breast stroke, where Isaac Watt (1:01.08) and Tucker (1:02.29) went one-two respectively. Both swimmers recorded lifetime best marks in the event at the district meet.

Tucker learned on Sunday that he’s gained a wild-card berth to state in the event.

The Pioneers could score big at the upcoming state championship swim meet. Frazier is seeded third in the state in both the individual medley and 100-freestyle; Oregon City’s medley relay team is seeded third; Morton is seeded sixth in the butterfly and ninth in the 200-freestyle; and Watt is seeded eighth in the breast stroke.

Sophomore Alissa Frazier was a standout for Oregon City girls at district, placing third in the 100-butterfly (1:00.61) and fifth in the 100-breast stroke (1:09.19). Her times were good enough to gain her wild card berths to state in both events.

“All said and done, the boys’ times were better than I could have hoped for,” Watt said. “And Alissa swam great, especially in the breast stroke.... I’m just so excited for these kids.”

Clackamas (159), Lakeridge (156), Canby (138) and West Linn (123) rounded out the district meet scoring on the boys side.

Lakeridge (268) topped West Linn (245) for first place in the girls team scoring, followed by Lake Oswego (194-1/2), Clackamas (184), Grant (142), Oregon City (102-1/2) and Canby (62).

TRL dual meet standings on the boys side had Oregon City (4-1) and Lakeridge (4-1) tied for second place, behind Lake Oswego (5-0). Clackamas boys went 1-4.

TRL dual meet standings on the girls side had Lake Oswego and Lakeridge going 5-0, followed by West Linn (4-2). Clackamas girls went 3-2 and Oregon City girls went 1-4.

The final week of league dual competition was not held because of inclement weather.

Visscher in

record form

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas sophomore Lainey VisscherClackamas sophomore Lainey Visscher was in record form at last week’s TRL district meet, breaking her own school and district record with a winning time of 55.61 in the 100-yard backstroke, and coming within three hundredths of a second of her year-old school and district record with an effort of 56.55 in the 100-butterfly.

Visscher finished over a second in front of the runner-up, West Linn sophomore Laura Laderoute, in the backstroke, and her time earns her consideration for All-American honors.

Visscher finished nearly two seconds in front of runner-up Brenda Cha of Lakeridge (58.27) in the butterfly.

Visscher also teamed up with senior Sarah Wozniak, junior Anna Depaepe and freshman Denise Dao to earn third place and a wild card berth at state in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Visscher, who placed second at state in the butterfly and third at state in the backstroke last year, is seeded first in both events this year.

The Cavaliers also had a state qualifier in junior Christian Gilbreath, who placed first in the 50-freestyle (22.81), and finished runner-up in the 100-freestyle, with a qualifying time of 49.17.

The state meet runs Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.

Championship finals run from 1 to 5 p.m. for Class 6A, from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. for Class 5A, and from 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. for Class 4A/3A/2A/1A.