BOYS SWIMMING - Eagles pile on first-place points to clinch victory heading into the day's final race
by: David Ball Centennial’s Andrew Ortega takes a breath during his winning effort in the 500-yard freestyle during Thursday’s dual win over David Douglas.

Cheer after cheer went up in the Centennial pool Thursday night, as head coach Rod Lundgren met with his team after a hard-fought 88-82 win over David Douglas. And the Eagles had plenty to celebrate, as the victory marked the program's first-ever over the Scots.

'You can spend all day strategizing, but at the end of the day it's all about times and racing the clock,' Centennial coach Rod Lundgren said. 'It's a great feeling today, and a lot of it came down to our depth and kids in the supporting spots getting all those points.'

The Eagles won the day's opening 200-yard medley relay by a wide margin, giving them an edge on the scoreboard that they would never surrender. David Douglas kept it close, using a photo-finish win by Leland Miller in the 50 free (24.28) to crawl within two points at the intermission. He out touched Centennial's Alex Bogdan by .01 hundredths.

Coming out of the break, officials at the finish line would have to break out their cameras once more.

Look for extended meet coverage in the Jan. 14, edition of The Outlook.

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