Swimmers Off to Strong Start

Ira Buzhduga, Staff Writer

Swim Coach Rod Lundgren has a lot to be proud of as the Eagle teams have grown in both numbers and stature.

Earlier in the year 37 out of 45 eligible swimmers competed to make the Dec. 3 meet the largest swim team Centennial has ever seen.  Lundgren noted that the top swimmer in the league, Jamie Stone, was not at this meet as she was competing at Nationals.

As the Varsity team grows in their success Lundgren says he looks forward to advancing JV swimmers who are also showing great achievement, to the varsity level.

On Dec. 10 Tim Ly broke a school record, previously held by Doug Barber in 1987, in the 100 Butterfly. Holding the new record of 52.91 seconds, Ly beat Barber by 1.5 seconds. Lundgren said Nathaniel Sherret, “swam really tough.” He helped the team place first in the 200 medley and second in the 200 free as an individual event. Junior Autumn Forespring took first in the Individual Medley about which Lundgren commented was “exciting to watch.” Competing in two back-to-back events, Lundgren was impressed as Amanda Ly placed first in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly.

On Dec. 17 North Clackamas Aquatic Park held the swim meet for Clackamas vs. Centennial. Clackamas took the win, but Lundgren commented that swimmers were cautious about diving into the pool considering it was only 5 feet deep. Junior Varsity swimmers Olivia Harms and Emma McClaren impressed Lundgren by the way they competed in the 100 Individual Medley.  Lundgren said new swimmers often stay away from that event, however Harms successfully placed first and McClaren second.

The next swim meet will be held on Dec. 28 against Sandy.