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Talent and depth key strong Lakeridge swim teams

by: FILE PHOTO / VERN UYETAKE Lakeridge’s Noelle Foden-Vencil looks to have another strong season for the Pacer girls who have some of the state’s top competitors this year.

It figures to be another exciting season for the Lakeridge swim teams.

The Pacers will feature some of the top talent in the state and also have big numbers with a large contingent of underclassmen joining the squad.

"We have a lot of kids out for swimming this year, many of them are young and new to the sport," co-coach Derek Abbott said.

The Lakeridge girls should be exceedingly strong with the return of Karen Turner to the school squad.

Turner dominated the state competition as a sophomore and recently signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University next year.

Turner will likely focus in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly when the state meet approaches.

Allison Heymann is back as this year's senior captain. Heymann has been a four-year varsity swimmer and should be very strong in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle this year.

Jordynn Canelis is new to the team this season and will specialize in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Brenda Cha is also new to the team this season as a sophomore focusing on the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Noelle Foden-Vencil had a breakout freshman season last year and is one of the girls team's most versatile swimmers.

She will primarily compete in the 500 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

"We have a lot of depth in the pool but have to lean heavily on our top swimmers for points," Abbott said.

For the boys, Claudio Quintana is the team's senior captain and is the team's distance specialist, focusing on the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

John Moon, coming off a terrific water polo season will also make a huge impact in multiple events for the Pacers.

Moon is another very versatile simmer, excelling in the sprints this year.

Lakeridge has a very solid junior class as well. Aaron Reynolds is another solid all-around swimmer and is particularly strong in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle.

Matt White will focus on the 100 freestyle and breaststroke while Matt Berman will likely be featured in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

The Pacers are a very tight knit group this year and hope that their chemistry will translate to success.

"Our teams feel like a big family and the kids love being around each other. That is mostly a tribute to our seniors who have created that environment," Abbott said.

Lakeridge should be one of the top teams in the always strong Three Rivers League and has multiple swimmers who should contend at state.