Swim teams prepping for strong finish
Lake Oswego's girls swim team came away with a narrow 86-84 win over Jesuit in a non-league meet last week as the Lakers continue to gear up for what they hope is a memorable stretch run.
Lake Oswego got stellar swims from Catherine Yee in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
She won both events as she continues to establish herself as one of the elite sprinters in the state.
Hannah Cutts also had a terrific showing in the 500 freestyle. She won that event and remains one of the Lakers' most consistent swimmers.
Sarah Kaunitz scored a win for Lake Oswego in the 100 breaststroke as did Celia Keaney in the 100 backstroke.
The Lakers also picked up wins in both the medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
"It actually wasn't a great meet as far as times were concerned but it was nice to test ourselves and see some different swimmers," co-coach Mark Branam said.
In the boys' meet, Jesuit scored a sizable win.
Will Meier had a breakout swim, dropping a large chunk of time in the 500 freestyle.
Lake Oswgo also won the 200 freestyle relay.
"I think we're pretty strong right now. We've been pretty lucky so far with not a lot of illnesses so it will be interesting to see how the next few weeks shape up," Branam said.
Lakeridge's swim teams also had a strong outing last week, taking down Oregon City.
The boys team nearly recorded a clean sweep. After dropping the 200 medley relay to open the meet, Claudio Quintana was dominant in the 200 freestyle.
That was followed by an equally impressive showing from John Moon in the 200 individual medley.
Lakeridge went 1-2 in the 50 free as Matt White edged out teammate Matt Berman by five hundredths of a second in a fantastic finish.
In the 100 freestyle Moon brought home another victory, winning by more than 10 seconds.
Aaron Reynolds scored his first win of the meet when he cruised in the 500 freestyle by more than 18 seconds. Berman became a two-time winner on the evening after walking away with the 100 backstroke.
And the Pacers' 400 freestyle relay team made sure Oregon City wouldn't sweep those events. The team of Jack Kessel, White, Quintana and Moon won convincingly with a personal best time.
The Lakeridge girls team was just as strong. Jodynn Canelis scored a win by 26 seconds in the 200 freestyle while Madeline Hummel, Keaton Weil and Sarah Burke went 1-2-3 in the 50 freestyle.
Lakeridge would also sweep the 100 butterfly behind Noelle Foden-Vencill, Katie King and Caitlin Benson.
In the 100 freestyle Brenda Cha and Allison Heymann took first and second while Canelis, Hummel and Bailey Morris scored a 1-2-3 finish in the backstroke.
Cha picked up her second win of the meet in the 100 breaststroke and the Pacers also swept all three relays.
Lakeridge takes on West Linn tonight (Thursday) at the Lake Oswego pool.