Three local tankers are state champions
Laderoute is the high-point swimmer for 11-12 girls
Athletes competing for the Oregon City Swim Club more than held their own at recent state championship meets.
Twelve-year-old Kate Laderoute had a tremendous run at the championship meet for 11- and 14-year-olds, held Feb. 27-March 2 in Corvallis, earning high-point honors for the 12-year-old girls age division.
Laderoute, who lives in West Linn, won first place in four events. Her winning times in the 12-and-under 100-butterfly (59.47), 100-backstroke (58.89), 100-individual medley (1:02.21) and 50-butterfly (26.87) were the fastest swims in the state this year for those events.
Laderoute also earned state runner-up honors with her times in the 50-backstroke (28.44) and 200-individual medley (2:09.84). And she teamed up with Maggie Metcalf, Jaiden Eubanks and Emma Gould to earn third place, with a 1:48.47 clocking, in the 11-12 200-freestyle.
Oregon City had two other state champions. Eleven-year-old Ian Watt headed the field in the 12-and-under boys 100-breast stroke. And eight-year-old Quinlan Gould, competing at the 10-and-under championships in Springfield in late February, won first place in the 25-breast stroke (20.41).
Watt also earned state runner-up honors in the 12-and-under boys 100-butterfly (1:09.17) and 50-breast stroke (35.18), and he placed fourth in the 100-freestyle (58.76) and in the 50-freestyle (27.05).
Gould proved himself among the best in three other 10-and-under events, placing second in the 25-backstroke (17.91), third in the 50-breast stroke (46.85) and fifth in the 50-freestyle (34.30).
Sixteen-year-old Josh Morton and 17-year-old Christian Gilbreath of the Oregon City Swim Club more than held their own at the Oregon Senior Championships, held March 6-9 at Mt. Hood Community College.
Morton was state runner-up in both the 100-freestyle (47.65) and 50-freestyle (21.88), and he earned sixth place in the 100-butterfly (53.55) and in the 200-individual medley (2:02.00).
Gilbreath earned third place in both the 100-freestyle (48.35) and 50-freestyle (22.22), and placed ninth in the 200-backstroke (2:02.22) and tenth in the 100-backstroke (55.90).
Sixteen-year Alissa Frazier also earned high placings in the Senior meet, placing fourth in the 100-breast stroke (1:08.15), fifth in the 200-individual medley (2:13.66) and 100-freestyle (54.39), and seventh in the 200-breast stroke (2:30.30).
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Clyde earned ninth place in the 200-butterfly (2:16.89).
Seventeen-year-old Parker Kilstrom earned sixth place in the 200-butterfly (2:02.06), tenth in the 500-freestyle (5:03.26), eleventh in the 100-butterfly (54.27) and thirteenth in the 200-freestyle (1:51.90).
Eleven-year-old Ethan Tran earned eighth place in the 11-12 100-butterfly (1:17.08).
Other high placers at the 10-and-under state meet included: nine-year-old Artyom Kaydalin, fifth in the 50-freestyle (30.69), sixth in the 100-breast stroke (1:35.42) and eighth in the 200-freestyle (2:33.44); eight-year-old Georgia Gould, fifth in the 25-butterfly (17.77), sixth in the 25-freestyle (16.60), seventh in the 50-freestyle (36.78) and eighth in the 50-butterfly (43.59); ten-year-old Jane Schroufe, seventh in the 50-breast stroke (39.81) and eighth in the 100-breast stroke (1:28.21); and ten-year-old Audrey Chun, eighth in the 50-backstroke (36.04).