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Skyhawks battle to runner-up finish at district meet

Southridge gets wins from Max Yakubovich and its 200 free relay team


by: MILES VANCE - TO THE MAX - Southridge's Max Yakubovich makes waves while winning the 100-yard butterfly race at Saturday's Metro League District Meet at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

BEAVERTON — The rest of the Metro League’s boys swimmers knew there was trouble afoot at district.

Indeed, everyone knew that Sunset’s boys — the two-time reigning state champs — would likely rule the district meet big-time (for more on the Apollos’ efforts at district, see the story on Page A14).

That said, there was still a chance to compete, still a chance to win events, and still a chance to post fast times and earn berths to the coming Class 6A state swim meet. The Class 6A meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College, with preliminaries set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, while championship finals are scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

While the Apollos earned the biggest headlines of the day after winning seven events for a meet-best total of 461 points, Southridge did its fair share of damage too, scoring 326 to finish second, while Jesuit’s boys took third with 310 points.

“We really like racing them,” said Southridge junior Aaron Loprete, who swam on his team’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay team. “We knew we’d have some serious competition from them.”

The Skyhawks notched 16 top-eight finishes in the meet, their biggest highlights coming from senior Max Yakubovich — repeat winner of the 100 butterfly — and the 200 freestyle relay team. Yakubovich did his part in the fly, the 50 freestyle and the relays, winning the butterfly with a time of 49.72, a full 1.28 seconds faster than his winning time at last year’s Class 6A state meet.

“That’s what I came here for,” Yakubovich said. “I’m not tapered, but it still means a lot to race against some of the guys I’ll be racing throughout the season, and showing them I can still do it in-season. That’s really what these meets are about is the placing.”

Yakubovich also grabbed second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.50, second only to Lincoln champion Carson Brindle’s 20.70.

The Skyhawks got their other win in the 200 freestyle relay, with Matthew Braun, Loprete, Blake Hokkanen and Yakubovich going 1:28.53 to beat second-place Sunset’s 1:28.91.

“It was a really close race, and it was really nice to come out with this, especially since Sunset is so competitive in every event,” Hokkanen said. “It was just really nice.”

“We just wanted to go out and swim a strong race and see if we could pull out the win,” Loprete added.

Other Southridge highlights included: the 200 medley relay team of Yakubovich, Kyle Dalrymple, Loprete and Braun, second in 1:38.32; Braun, fourth in the 100 at 49.42 and fifth in the 50 free at 22.45; Kyle Dalrymple, fourth in the breaststroke at 59.55; and the 400 freestyle team of David Stilling, Vince Palladino, Loprete and Hokkanen, third at 3:20.13.

Jesuit’s boys finished third in the meet with 310 points, its efforts led by: the 400 freestyle relay team of Sovijja Pou, Richard Butler, Sean Calkins and Benjamin Buchalski, second at 3:18.64; Jackson Wahl, third in the 100 backstroke at 54.78; the 200 medley relay team of Wahl, Buchalski, Pou and Marcus Imponenti, third at 1:40.17; Pou, third in the 500 freestyle at 4:46.40, and fourth in the 200 freestyle at 1:46.15; the 200 free relay team of Imponenti, Calkins, Nate House and Butler, fourth in 1:32.25; and Calkins, fourth in the 100 backstroke at 54.84.

Westview’s boys finished fifth overall with 200 points (Lincoln was fourth at 254) thanks to: Jacob Weitzel, second in the 500 free at 4:45.16, and fourth in the 200 IM at 1:57.22; Alex LaRosa, third in the 200 IM at 1:56.86 and third again in the 100 fly at 52.18; the 200 medley relay team of LaRosa, Andrew Yoon, Weitzel and Tal Lind, fourth at 1:40.27; and the 400 free relay team of Lind, Yoon, LaRosa and Weitzel, fourth at 3:20.54.

Beaverton’s boys took sixth with 171 points, its best finish coming from Rigo Mejia-Hernandez’s fourth in the 500 free at 4:54.85.

Aloha’s boys were seventh with 137 points, their top finisher senior Calvin Mai, who grabbed third in the 100 freestyle at 49.35, and also took fourth in the 50 free with a time of 22.44.

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




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