GRESHAM — Crescent Valley High’s girls swim team was at a sizeable disadvantage at Saturday’s 5A state swim meet at Mt. Hood Community College.
But the Raiders’ small numbers compared to that of Intermountain Conference powers Bend, Mountain View and Summit were just a rallying cry for CV.
Behind three strong finishes in the relays and a pair of individual state titles from junior Lindsey Soule, the Raiders improved on their fourth-place finish a year ago with a second-place trophy on Saturday.
Bend ran away with the title with 97 points while the Raiders finished with 60, Mountain View 46 and Summit 35. South Albany tied for 10th with two points.
“It’s just really cool because we’re doing this with a team half the size of Bend and so we’re still going out there, and the main thing is we’re just working together as a team really well,” CV junior Chloe Bowman said.
“It’s just really coming together and being a cohesive team and listening to our coach and just coming together. That’s how we do it.”
Soule won her first state title in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1 minute, 52.54 seconds. Bowman was fifth in 1:57.95.
“It was good,” Soule said of the 200. “I dropped like two more seconds from what my prelims swim was. It wasn’t a best time for me but it was close.”
Soule then cruised to her second straight title in the 500 free, clocking a 5:02.66. She led from the start and won by seven seconds to repeat as the 500 state champ.
“I really just try to focus on myself,” Soule said. “I just know what I need to do.”
Bowman was fourth in 5:12.0 and the Raiders scored 10 points to take over second in the team race, and never gave that up.
Soule was part of the 200 medley relay team that finished second, just behind Bend. The Raiders’ team of Soule, Sarah Cordier, Reina Watkins and Rylie Ball finished in 1:51.84 while Bend won with a 1:51.50.
The 200 free relay of Watkins, Ball, Paula Lomonaco and Bowman took third in 1:41.40 and the 400 free relay of Watkins, Ball, Lomonaco and Soule was second in 3:39.74.
The relays are an example of the Raiders’ teamwork.
“We are just really good at getting each other pumped and just ready and fired up and just ready to go and do our best,” Bowman said. “It’s really awesome.”
Cordier was fifth in the 200 IM in 2:15.34 and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.98.
Lomonaco was fifth in the 50 free (24.88) and fourth in the 100 free (54.73).
Watkins was third in the 100 butterfly with a 1:00.10.
South Albany’s Jessica Robinson was fifth in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.34.