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Pacer swimmers dunk West Linn

SWIMMING: Pacers win every event in the boys meet and nearly all events in the girls meet
by: Vern Uyetake, Lakeridge’s Casey Chase glided to victory in the 200-meter freestyle during Tuesday’s TRL meet against West Linn. The Pacers girls won most of their events en route to a 107-63 victory over the Lions. The Lakeridger boys team had an even easier time as they won every event while posting a 111-54 victory.

Both Lakeridge swim teams handily put away West Linn, a team that is traditionally near the top of the Three Rivers League swimming standings, in an early-season dual meet on Tuesday.

It was the first meet where the Pacers have had a full line-up as many of their athletes have been either sick or participating in other school events and, as a result, Lakeridge dominated.

'We were very pleased with the result. It was a very encouraging meet,' coach Justin Lindsey said.

The boys team won every event on the night and took first and second in a number of races en route to a 111-54 victory.

Jason Lou had a solid night, capturing his two individual events, the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. He won the 200 freestyle by nearly 10 seconds in a time of 1:59.98.

Zac Yensen turned in stellar swims in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, topping teammate Luke Fuller in the 100 freestyle by just over a tenth of a second.

Shauyan Azimi turned in a lifetime-best swim while capturing the 500 freestyle and Jason Cook, who was still jet-lagged after a trip to Washington D.C., finished second in that event.

Keahi Horowitz, who is new to the team this year, captured the 100 backstroke handily, winning by nearly 10 seconds over his closest competitor and finishing second in the 200 freestyle.

'A lot of our guys are swimming right around where they were last year at districts and that's great to see,' Lindsey said.

The girls were nearly as dominant, winning nearly every race while capturing the meet 107-63.

After a victory in the opening 200-medley relay, Casey Chase got things started for Lakeridge with a victory in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:07.34. Chase also had a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle.

Brittany Anderson followed up Chase's win with a victory of her own in the 200 individual medley, winning in a time of 2:18.29. Anderson later won the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:13.21.

Emily Lightcap placed second in the 200 I.M. but then turned in a stellar performance in the 500 freestyle. Lightcap finished in a time of 5:23.08, topping her closest competitor by over 30 seconds. The Pacers took first, second and third in that event.

Alison Grundy, who was still recovering from the flu, nearly swam a personal best in the 50 freestyle and placed second.

Lydia Burris was also impressive for Lakeridge with her victory in the 100 butterfly.

'We're definitely excited about what Lydia can do this year,' Lindsey said.

It was a good victory for the Pacers as it showed what both teams are capable of with a full roster of swimmers.

'West Linn's a good team. They're always in the top three in the league,' Lindsey said.

Lakeridge will travel to Summit after the Christmas break before continuing its league schedule.

'Now is the time where we start our heavy training. We're excited about the level of competition we're going to see,' Lindsey said.