Lake Oswegos depth is too much for West Linn in both the boys and girls meets

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Celia Keany swims to a victory in the 100 freestyle last week against West Linn.The Lake Oswego swim teams used their superior depth to outlast a talented West Linn squad last week with the Civil War meet with Lakeridge looming.

The Lions feature a handful of elite swimmers but Lake Oswego racked up points in each event to secure a pair of victories. The Laker boys won 100-54 while the girls won 94-76.

In the boys meet, Lake Oswego opened with a strong win in the medley relay behind the team of Austin Weng, Luke Marshall, Edward Kang and Aaron Perrine. West Linn then won the first two individual races but the Lakers got back on track in the 50 freestyle with Weng and Perrine taking first and second.

Lake Oswego followed with Edward Kang's victory in the 100 butterfly in a time of 55.03 seconds, topping West Linn's top competitor by nearly three seconds.

Weng and Lucas Rodgers then took second and third in the 100 freestyle. Lake Oswego earned its second relay victory in the 200 freestyle, one of the best race of the night.

The team of Rodgers, Nathan Vanderveer-Harris, Marco Wolmarans and Perrine edged out the Lions by a little more than half a second in 1:39.42.

Kang then picked up his second win of the night, easily capturing the 100 backstroke.

The Lakers racked up big points at the end of the night. In the 100 breaststroke, Luke Marshall won in a time of 1:03.72 while Logan Kojiro and Wolmarans took second and third in the event.

Lake Oswego wrapped up a very successful night with a 1-2 finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

For the girls, Lake Oswego was edged out in the medley relay to start the night but Celia Keany put the Lakers in the win column quickly, capturing the 200 freestyle in 1:59.51, followed closely by teammate Lauren Wagner in second.

Madison Luick and Amy Chen then took second and third in the individual medley, as did Abby Lyons and Luick in the 100 butterfly.

Keany scored her second victory of the night in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall in 55.75 seconds and winning by nearly four seconds.

Wagner then cruised to a victory by nearly 40 seconds in the 500 freestyle as the Lakers started to take control of the meet.

Chen and Madeleine McMurray finished second and third in the 100 backstroke and Lake Oswego finished with an impressive win in the 400 freestyle relay behind the team of Yifan Mao, McMurray, Lyons and Keany.

The teams are now gearing up for the highly anticipated Civil War meet tonight (Thursday) at the Lake Oswego pool leading into districts next weekend.

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