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Lindsey Soule' will be competing in the Mid-Willamette Conference district swimming meet for the first time.

Soule' is a freshman at Crescent Valley High, so she has not yet swum in a big high school postseason event. But the expectations will be high for the top seed in two events.

The meet starts at noon Thursday with the prelims at Osborn Aquatic Center. The competition will conclude on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m.

Soule' plans to race in the 100-yard backstroke and the 500 freestyle. She is seeded first in the 500 free with a time of 5 minutes, 10.93 seconds and first in the 100 back (1:03.30).

"A lot of other club swimmers that I know are really good swimmers and so I'm going into that knowing that it's going to be really good competition and I'm going to race my hardest," she said.

Although Soule' is new as a competitor, she is no stranger to the district meet. She cheered on her sister, Erin McCown, when she raced.

"I grew up going to the district meet to watch her, so I kind of know the vibe that you get from that," Soule' said. "I talk to her about it sometimes."

CV coach Rex Watkins said the Raiders and Corvallis are the teams to beat in the girls competition and Lebanon and CHS are the boys favorites.

Corvallis freshman Noah Vial will also be competing in his first postseason meet.

Vial, who will participate in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, said his time has gone down in both races throughout the season and the results have shown. He's the top seed in both races.

"I feel pretty confident," Vial said.

Vial isn't getting ahead of himself with thoughts of winning. His goals are to do the best he can and see what he can achieve.

"I don't set my expectations too high, so I won't get disappointed," Vial said.

CHS senior Trevor Gourley has plenty of experience with the district meet. He won the 50 and 100 freestyle races last year.

He plans to compete in the 50 free and 100 butterfly, along with the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

"I really enjoy those events, they're some fun ones," Gourley said. "There's some fast kids coming up that hopefully I'll be able to race. It'd be good to be able to push myself with racing."

Gourley said he expects a strong challenge from freshman Casey McEuen of Lebanon in the 50 freestyle.

McEuen holds the school record in the event with a 21.82. He is the top seed with Gourley (22.82) seeded second.

They are seeded one-two in the 100 butterfly.

"I know there's a kid from Lebanon who's pretty fast," Gourley said. "I didn't get to swim against him because I was sick during the Lebanon meet, but I heard he had pretty fast times that were right up with me."

Gourley said he expects to have fun and turn in some fast times.

"At districts and state you kind of get these adrenaline rushes and you're with all your friends," he said. "I like having a lot of fun and you get out there and everyone has fun and good races."

Corvallis' Kayla Ashland is seeded first in the girls 200 IM and second in the 500 free and teammate Laura Ely is No. 2 in the 100 breaststroke. CV freshman Chloe Bowman is the top seed in the 200 free and No. 2 in the 100 free. CV's Rachel Shaw is second in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.

Corvallis' Quin Peterson is the second seed in the boys 100 free.

Chad Seevers of CV was third in the 200 freestyle last year and second in the 500 freestyle. He plans to do both again this week as well as the 200 IM and 200 free relays. He's the No. 2 seed in the 500 free.

Zoey Rochefort of CHS was second in the 500 free and 200 free last year. She is seeded second in the 100 butterfly this time around.

She said her times haven't been quite as fast this season, but is hoping for a good performance at districts.

"It would be nice because it would just reinforce everything that I've done throughout my high school career and make it so that I'm ending on a higher note," Rochefort said.

Postseason meets can be hectic, with so many schools and swimmers jamming a venue and all of them wanting those high places in each event.

Rochefort said her prior experience will help her get through this meet.

"Districts and state get really intense. There's a lot of kids and we're really energetic and there's a lot going on and you have to stay on top of yourself, but the more that you do it and the more experience you get, the easier it gets," she said. "So this year going into it I've done it before and it's easier and more relaxed. So I'm excited."

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