When Corvallis High and Crescent Valley get together for a swimming meet, it's not your typical rivalry event.

The competition is fierce, but friendly.

Not only do most of the athletes know each other, but quite a few are or have been teammates on the Corvallis Aquatic Team.

"It drives the competition, I think, a little bit," CHS senior Trevor Gourley said. "You're racing your best friend that you've trained with the whole season and it's just a fun little meet and kind of like a checkpoint right before districts to see how everyone's doing and mix up some events and do something you haven't done yet."

The teams split a Mid-Willamette Conference meet Tuesday afternoon at Osborn Aquatic Center with the Corvallis boys winning 205-58 and the Crescent Valley girls with a 149-137 win.

Gourley won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.31 seconds and edged CV's Chad Seevers in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.74.

"It is fun," Seevers said. "I know about half their team because I swim with them."

Seevers finished first in the 100 butterfly with a personal record of 1:00.91.

"I dropped a half a second," Seevers said.

Lindsey Soule' competed in the 200 freestyle for the first time this season and wound up winning it in 2:02.91.

"It's not really one of my best events, but I just went into it hoping to swim well, I guess," Soule' said.

Soule' went out strong and separated herself from the pack early on in the race.

"That's kind of the strategy I was going for," she said. "Just go as hard as you can."

Soule' also anchored the Raiders to a win in the 200 freestyle relay and led off the 400 freestyle relay's winning effort.

Corvallis' Zoey Rochefort finished second in the 500 freestyle. As a senior, she enjoyed her final dual with the Raiders.

"It makes it fun because we know them and we swim with them all the time and now we get the opportunity to race with them," Rochefort said. "It's like having the rivalry but also being with your friends and so it makes it more festive and fun and less of an actual competition."

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