Swimming: Canby relay squad earns late highlight against Lake Oswego
The Cougars finish the meet by edging the Lakers in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, but they lose both team contests.
The Canby boys swimming team had already been mathematically defeated entering the final race of its Jan. 23 dual meet, but it wasnt going to lose quietly.
With a strong anchor leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay, Ryan Cully clinched for the Cougars a thrilling victory over Lake Oswego by 0.22 seconds to cap their final home competition of the season.
Cully, Cole DeRisio, Christian Meza and Alex Olson clocked a time of 3 minutes 31.11 seconds in the event, edging a Lakers quartet that finished with a 3:31.33.
Canby came up short in the final standings due to a relative lack of depth, 100-69 on the boys side and 131-39 on the girls side.
For the boys, the Cougars third Three Rivers League loss came despite standout performances by Cully and DeRisio.
DeRisio contributed to four of five victories for Canby (1-3 in the TRL). He won the 200 free in 1:55.73, logged the fastest time in the 100 free (52.20 seconds) and helped the team snag wins in two relays.
DeRisio joined Meza, Cully and Gillespie to take first place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.80, clipping Lake Oswegos top squad by 0.28 seconds. He then finished his evening with a solid opening leg in the 400 free relay.
Cully earned top honors in the 50 free, his signature event, clocking in at 22.96 seconds to hold off opposing challengers Austin Weng (24.49) and Lucas Rodgers (24.58).
Michael Haring was second in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke events and was also a member of the 200 medley relay squad that posted a runner-up finish. Olson took second in the 100 butterfly.
It was illustrative, though, that Lake Oswego posted the second- and third- times in all five events won by the Cougars.
On the girls side, senior Kendra Olsen logged Canbys only victory with a time of 1:08.14 in the 100 backstroke. She edged Lakers standout Abby Lyons by 0.54 seconds.
Olsen also contributed to both second-place marks for the Cougars (0-4), clocking a 1:08.01 in the 100 fly to give Maddie McMurray (1:07.65) a tight race and swimming a leg on the 200 medley relay squad that posted a 2:10.94. The quartet also included Haley Williams, Carson Manning and Heoniya Sharabarin.
Canby will continue its conference slate Jan. 30 with a dual against Lakeridge at the Lake Oswego School District pool. The teams regular-season finale is slated for Feb. 6 against Clackamas at North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie.
AT A GLANCE
Jan. 23 at Canby Swim Center
Boys: Lake Oswego 100, Canby 69
Girls: Lake Oswego 131, Canby 3