LHS swimmers tested by Summit squads
There's no doubt that Lakeridge High School has one of the better swimming programs in the state, but beating Summit, which is now a 5A school, might have been a little too much to ask.
However, the Pacer girls did come close to winning the girls competition at last Friday's meet, which was held in Bend. But Summit still managed a 93-77 victory.
The boys' side of the ledger was a different story, though. That's where Summit reigns supreme after having won three of the last four state titles at the 4A level (which was the highest OSAA classification in previous seasons). Last Friday, the Summit boys easily prevailed 117-53 against a short-handed Lakeridge team.
Despite the lopsided loss in the boys event, the Pacers did have some impressive individual efforts.
Jason Lou led the way for Lakeridge by winning the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
'He sort of blew everyone out of the water,' Lakeridge coach Justin Lindsey said of Lou's day.
That effort included an eight-second winning margin - 1:55.08 to 2:03.53 - en route to the 200 freestyle victory over Summit's Paul Hartmeier. Lou was maybe even more impressive in the 100 butterfly as he beat Summit's Tim Howe 57.50 to 1:02.53.
Lou also had a strong lead leg for the Lakeridge's winning 200 freestyle relay team. Joey Bora played a key role on that relay team, as well, as he turned in the team's fastest 50 split.
Lindsey also liked the effort turned in by Zac Yensen, who won the 50 freestyle in an amazingly tight race. Yensen touched the wall in a time of 25.06 while Summit's Chase Aldridge and Mason Allen were just .01 of a second behind.
'It's always nice to get a win that way,' Lindsey said.
The Pacers found themselves at a disadvantage for the meet because Brian Cha was participating in a club meet and Keahi Horowitz was performing with the school's orchestra.
The girls team, meanwhile, had a number of solid performances in Bend.
Among the most notable was the effort turned in by Lydia Burris, who turned in a pair of near-lifetime best marks while winning the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. She won the 50 free in a time of 25.58, and then one race later, she won the butterfly by a five-second margin over Summit's Neisje Morrell.
Burris was approximately a quarter of a second off the state qualifying mark and amazingly she did it without getting a chance to warm up. Burris missed the warm-up session because she and her parents were late arriving for the meet after getting temporarily lost along the way.
'We were sort of joking with her about that,' Lindsey said after Burris' tardiness apparently had no affect on her performance. 'But all joking aside, we'll probably have her warm up next time.'
Brittany Anderson also came up big for the Pacers as she won the 500 freestyle and took second in the 200 individual medley. In the 500 free, Anderson was six seconds ahead of Summit's best swimmer and the next closest competitor was another 45 seconds behind.
Lakeridge's Emily Lightcap probably would have been favored to win the 500 freestyle but she was unavailable for the meet, which forced the Pacer coaches to juggle their lineup.
In addition, Allison Grundy turned in a winning effort in the 100 breaststroke, Julia Dahl won the 100 backstroke and was third in the 50 freestyle and Casey Chase was second in both the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle.
'We were very pleased,' Lindsey said of his team's showing. 'We had a lot of kids with season bests.'