by: VERN UYETAKE Lake Oswego’s Hannah Cutts won the 500 freestyle and was second in the 200 freestyle in the Lakers’ victory over Lakeridge last week.

Some of the best swimmers in the state were on display at the Lake Oswego pool last week for the annual Civil War meet.

With both teams rounding into top form heading into districts and state, Lake Oswego's boys and girls teams each came away with victories.

The Lake Oswego girls' depth was 94-76 in a meet highlighted by some terrific times.

Lakeridge's 200 medley relay team of Karen Turner, Brenda Cha, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Madeline Hummel scored the first win of the meet.

Then, in the 200 freestyle, Lake Oswego scored a 1-2 finish, led by Celia Keany cracking two minutes. Hannah Cutts would take second in the event.

In the 200 individual medley, Sarah Kaunitz won impressively with the Pacers' Turner taking second place.

Lakeridge then scored a win in the 50 freestyle with Brenda Cha shattering her previous best time by more than half a second.

She won the event by nearly a full second while Lake Oswego's Catherine Yee took second and Abby Lyons finished in third.

Cha was then back in the pool quickly and set another season-best time in the 100 butterfly, topping the Lakers' Madison Luick and Irene Lee who took second and third.

Yee would then capture the 100 freestyle by nearly a second and a half, finishing ahead of the Pacers' Jordeynn Canelis, who beat her best time of the year.

In the 500 freestyle, Lake Oswego's Cutts had a fantastic race, winning in 5:20.57 to beat out Lakeridge's Foden-Vencil and Allison Heymann.

The Lakers then scored an easy win in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of Keany, Lyons, Yee and Kaunitz.

Turner would score a victory for Lakeridge in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 59.81 seconds while Keany took second for Lake Oswego.

Lake Oswego would counter with a 1-2 finish in the 100 breaststroke as Kaunitz beat out her teammate Lyons.

The final relay of the night was one of the best races of the meet.

Lakeridge's team of Cha, Foden-Vencil, Turner and Canelis shattered its previous best time and topped the Lakers in what was a stellar finish by both teams.

Lake Oswego's boys team picked up an impressive 111-59 victory and looks primed to make a strong late-season run.

The Lakers' medley relay team of Daniel Chen, Luke Marshall, Wyatt Hayden and Austin Weng scored an early win while Lakeridge's Aaron Reynolds won the first individual race of the evening.

Reynolds took more than a second off of his previous best time to edge out Lake Oswego's Hayden by half a second.

In the individual medley, Marshall led a 1-2-3 finish for the Lakers, finishing ahead of Weng and Marco Womarans.

In the 50 freestyle, Chen edged out the Pacers' John Moon in what was an exceptionally fast race.

That was followed by the Lakers Matt Cavaness and Juhwan Seo finishing in a tie for first in the 100 butterfly with identical times of 1:03.62.

Chen scored another victory in the 100 freestyle with Moon placing second again for Lakeridge.

Reynolds then earned his second individual win of the night, taking the 500 freestyle ahead of the Lakers' Cavaness and Will Meier.

The Pacers would pick up a win in the 200 freestyle relay behind strong swims from Moon, Matt Berman, Matt White and Reynolds.

Hayden, from Lake Oswego, would then capture the 100 backstroke ahead of the Pacers' Berman.

In the 100 breaststroke, Lake Oswego went 1-2-3 with Marshall scoring another win for the Lakers.

He was followed by Wolmarans and Lucas Rodgers.

Lake Oswego then capped off its evening with an impressive win in the 400 freestyle relay, getting some great times from Chen, Cavaness, Hayden and David Ainsworth.

The teams will be back in the pool this Friday and Saturday with state berths on the line. Individual best and perhaps school records are expected to fall at the always exciting event at the Lake Oswego High School pool.

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