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Wildcats and Warriors close out Metro action, eye district

Westview's boys win 123-46 to finish 4th in league competition


by: MILES VANCE - METRO FINALE - Aloha senior Calvin Mai races to victory in the 100-yard freestyle against Westview on Jan. 31 at Aloha Swim Center.

ALOHA — It’s on.

Finally, at the end of the long, sometimes dark and dreary winter season, it’s here. Finally, at the end of a winter season that started almost four months ago in another calendar year and has lasted 87 days thus far, it’s time. It’s finally time for the Metro League district swim meet.

The Westview and Aloha boys battled through a last district tuneup — the Wildcats’ 117-52 Metro win at Aloha High School on Jan. 31 — and can now turn their full attention to this week’s district meet. The Metro district meet starts with preliminaries at 3 p.m. Friday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center and continues with championship finals at 3 p.m. Saturday at T-Hills.

“I’m hoping that I’ll have a chance” at district, said Aloha senior Calvin Mai, winner of the 100-yard freestyle against Westview and also a top contender in the 50 free. “I’m hoping to go the state qualifying time (in both); I’ve been right there.”

“I definitely have a shot in the fly to get back to state, and I’m definitely going to have to race it in the 200 IM,” added Westview sophomore Alex La Rosa, who won both the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke against Aloha. “I want to qualify. I’m looking to qualify and put some points up in the state finals.”by: MILES VANCE - DIG IN - Westview junior Andrew Yoon swims to a runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke against Aloha last week.

District event winners and any other swimmers who match or beat automatic qualifying times in their events will qualify for the coming Class 6A state meet Feb. 15-16 at Mt. Hood Community College.

In the Wildcats’ win over Aloha — it ended Westview’s regular season at 3-3 while the Warriors ended their year at 0-6 — both La Rosa and teammate Jacob Weitzel were two-time winners, with La Rosa setting the pace in the butterfly and breaststroke, while Weitzel led the way in the 200 individual medley and also the 500 freestyle.

La Rosa stepped up to win the butterfly with a time of 56.55 seconds (with teammate Kenneth Do second at 1:01.14), then won his first-ever competitive 100 breaststroke with a mark of 1:04.92 (this time with teammate Andrew Yoon second at 1:06.23).

“It went pretty well,” La Rosa said. “I tried to hold my technique on the fly earlier and swam my first breaststroke just now and it felt good. It was just something fun. It was something I’d never done before and I’m really glad I did it.”

Weitzel got his day started with a winning time of 2:12.50 in the 200 IM (with teammate Eric Xu second at 2:16.53), then came back to take the 500 freestyle at 5:26.03 (teammate Reuben White was second there at 5:39.05).

The Wildcats also got wins from: White in the 200 freestyle at 1:59.98 (with Aloha’s Teerit Somanand second at 2:02.53); Yoon in the 50 freestyle at 24.53 (with teammate Tal Lind second at 25.03); the 200 medley relay team of La Rosa, Yoon, Weitzel and Lind at 1:52.91; and the 200 freestyle relay team of Yoon, Glenn Bishop, Lind and Weitzel, which won with a time of 1:36.81.

Today was “just like a rehearsal” for district, La Rosa said. “We’re getting prepared, just focusing on all the things we need to work on.”

While Aloha’s successes were fewer, they were still significant.

Mai raced to victory in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.12 (with Westview’s Daniel Simmons second at 55.56), helped his team take second in the 200 free relay and grab first in the 400 freestyle relay.

“It’s not the fastest time I’ve had. I should have gone faster,” said Mai. “But I made a lot of mistakes, breathed into the wall.”

Aloha also got a win from John Vinkemulder in the 100 backstroke at 1:03.91 (with Westview’s Hao Chuan Lei second at 1:08.28).

In the 400 free relay, the Warriors called on Calvin Hamilton, John Vinkemulder, Somanand and Mai for a 3:39.70, while in the 200 free relay, it was Vinkemulder, Somanand, Mai and Nick Krautscheid who took second at 1:37.36.

“Our 400 boys relay did very well without one of our top swimmers,” said Aloha coach Lisa Leslie. “Calvin (Mai) came from quite a bit behind to out-touch Westview. Now that is a way to end a meet. That’s the way to go into districts on a high.”

To see a complete photo gallery from this meet, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.




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