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LO boys win district swim title, multiple athletes head to state


by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Brenda Cha took second in the IM and won the 100 freestyle at last week's district swim meet.Records fell and stellar times were turned in across the board at last week's district swim meet and when it was all said and done, the Lake Oswego boys walked away with the district title while both the Lakers and Pacers will send healthy contingents to state this week at Mt. Hood Community College.

In the boys meet, Lake Oswego won the day due to its superior depth. The Lakers didn't win the most events but they had a large number of competitors score, allowing the team to rack up points in bunches.

“It was pretty cool to have so many kids contribute for us and for so a lot of non-club swimmers to pick up points,” Laker coach Susan Branam said.

Lake Oswego's 200 medley relay team of Edward Kang, Luke Marshall, Aaron Perrine and Austin Weng finished in a strong second place, earning a wild card entry into state.

Marshall also earned a wild card entry in the individual medley, nearly breaking two minutes in the finals.

In the 50 freestyle, Lakeridge's Matt White shaved nearly four tenths off of his preliminary time, taking second place in 23.32 and just missing a trip to state.

Kang earned a wild card entry to state in the 100 butterfly for the Lakers, taking third in a time of 53.90 seconds. He is seeded ninth in the event at state and will hope for a berth in the finals.

In the 500 freestyle, Lakeridge's Aaron Reynolds had a spectacular swim, finishing in 5:06.01 to win the event and earn a trip to state. Sam Swaim took third in the event for Lakeridge.

“It was awesome watching Aaron control that event from start to finish,” Lakeridge coach Derek Abbott said.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego just missed out on a trip to state, taking third behind Oregon City and West Linn.

In the 100 backstroke, Kang dropped nearly a second from his time between the prelims and the finals, taking third place and earning a wild card berth at state.

For the girls, Lakeridge's medley relay team of Rowan Hauber, Brenda Cha, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Jordynn Canelis took second behind West Linn but has the fifth-fastest time heading into state.

Lake Oswego's relay team also qualified for state as the team of Celia Keany, Abby Lyons, Madison Luick and Yifan Mao finished third and is seeded eighth heading into state.

Keany then had a short turnaround before competing in the 200 freestyle and swam an outstanding time of 1:54.87, winning the event handily. She is seeded fifth in the event at state.

Lauren Wagner also qualified for state in the event for Lake Oswego, claiming the final wild card berth.

In the 200 IM, Cha nearly turned in the surprise of the meet, just getting touched out at the wall by West Linn's Laura Laderoute. She took second but easily qualified for state. Laderoute and Cha have the two fastest times heading into state and could be set up for another terrific showdown.

“Brenda's such a competitor. She'll go after Laura at state and that should be fun to watch,” Abbott said.

In the 50 freestyle, Lake Oswego's Yifan Mao finished second but earned a wild card berth at state.

Lyons did the same for the Lakers in the butterfly, taking third place at districts.

In the 100 freestyle, Cha picked up a victory for the Pacers, winning in a spectacular time of 52.55 seconds, the third fastest time heading into state in the event.

Lake Oswego would go 1-2 in the 500 freestyle with Keany winning her second individual district title. She is seeded fifth in the event while her teammate Wagner finished second and is seeded 10th.

“It's Celia's senior year and she wanted to try some different events. She has a distance stroke and I think she could go top-three at state,” Branam said.

Lake Oswego's 200 freestyle relay of Keany, Lyons, Mao and Amy Chen finished a close second behind West Linn but automatically qualified for state with its time.

In the backstroke, Lakeridge's qualified a pair of swimmer for state. Three different swimmers broke the district record in the event with Hauber taking second for the Pacers in 56.42. She is seeded third at state in the event.

Canelis also qualified with a wild card time.

In the breaststroke, Lyons earned her second trip to state in an individual event with her third place finish and fast time.

Closing out the meet, Lakeridge's 400 freestyle relay team of Cha, Foden-Vencil, Canelis and Hauber won in 3:39.89 seconds and has the third fastest time heading into state. Lake Oswego's team of Chen, Luick, Madeleine McMurray and Wagner took third but also qualified for state.

“Getting all three relays in makes a big difference for us,” Branam said.

The state meet will be this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College.