Swimming: Molalla's Alisha Issa shines at five-team home meet
Molalla's four-time district champion junior Alisha Issa looks poised to continue her success after grabbing two solo first-place finishes along with a first-place relay finish at the Indians' third home meet of the season last Friday.
Issa took first in the girls' 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of two minutes, 38.10 seconds, which was nearly six seconds faster than Scappoose's Ciara Dreeszen. Issa also grabbed a first-place finish in the girls' 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 28.72 seconds, winning the race by a little more than three-tenths of a second. And though both of those times are a little bit slower than her personal bests, she's happy with her performance and is confident moving forward.
"I think what I took away most from that meet was [that] having a positive attitude going into the races helps a lot," Issa said. "It's a lot easier to want to race well and win if everyone is thinking positively."
She said she wants to shave some time off over the next couple of meets and push herself to exceed her PRs, and she's expecting the rest of the team to continue to improve and to score well at future meets.
"I think the team will be able to win more points at future meets as well since the newer people on the team are getting used to how the meets work," Issa said.
Issa also helped lead the girls' 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team to a first-place finish as they beat Stayton by more than seven seconds to take the win. Also on the team is Cori Oster, Janiece Moore, and Abby Harth.
On the girls' side, Moore grabbed a second-place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of two minutes, 30.72 seconds, clocking a time that was nearly eight seconds faster than her seeded time. Oster also had a strong meet as she took second in the girls' 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of one minute, 11.80 seconds, as well as a third-place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of one minute, 13.89 seconds, which was nearly five seconds faster than her seeded time.
On the boys' side, Linden Mackenzie gave a solid performance with a third-place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke, clocking a time of one minute, 9.96 seconds, about 1.5 seconds faster than his seeded time. Mackenzie also took fourth in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of two minutes, 17.01 seconds, more than four second faster than his seeded time in that race as well. Mackenzie also helped the boys' 200 Yard Freestyle Relay team to a second-place finish with a time of one minutes, 47.61 seconds, which was one second faster than their seeded time. Also on the team is Ben Hamilton, Garrett Abeln, and Bryce Webber.
Up next for the Indians is another home meet this Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9:15 a.m.
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