Lakeridge swimmers split league meets against Tualatin
There was some good — great even — and some not so good from the latest meet for the Lakeridge swim teams.
Regarding the good and great, the Lakeridge girls rolled past Tualatin 95-75 at Tualatin Swim Center on Jan. 4, winning seven of the day's 11 events, finishing second seven times and third another four times against the Timberwolves.
"Our focus every year is to be ready to win at district in February, but we want to win every meet along the way (too)," said Lakeridge coach Derek Abbott.
As to the not so good, the Pacer boys lost an 87-83 heartbreaker to Tualatin despite three wins, six second-place finishes and another eight thirds.
"(That) was a tough one as Tualatin sneaked by us on the boys side," Abbott said. "I could have done a better job structuring our boys lineup, but that will prove to be a good … for us come districts."
The Lakeridge boys fell to 2-1 in Three Rivers League action, while the win lifted the Pacer girls to 2-1-1 in league.
Next up, the Pacers swim at Canby at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Junior Skye Buck led the way in the Pacers' win over Tualatin, taking top honors in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, while also swimming on the team's winning 200 freestyle relay team.
In the 50 free, Buck swam to victory with a time of 26.44 seconds; she came back later in the meet to win the backstroke with a mark of 1:07.07.
In the 200 free relay, Buck teamed with junior Veronica Hansen, senior Nicole Gooding and junior Ellie Jew to take first at 1:46.50.
Other Lakeridge winners were: Jew in the 100 butterfly at 1:00.36; senior Mara Newman in the 100 free with a 54.78; the 200 medley relay team of senior Brynne O'Shea, Jew, sophomore Adelaide Foden-Vencil and Hansen at 1:54.83; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Mara, Gooding, junior Gigi Harn and O'Shea at 4:00.57.
Additional individuals who earned second-place finishes were: senior Katie Manzione in the 200 IM at 2:17.30, and in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:10.18; O'Shea in the butterfly at 1:06.63; Hansen in the 100 free with a 59.40; and Foden-Vencil in the 500 free at 5:43.46.
For Tualatin, Abbi Karsseboom led the Wolves with wins in the 200 IM (2:13.21) and 500 free (5:25.80).
In the boys meet, Lakeridge sophomore Jay Heymann set the pace by winning two individual events as well as swimming on the Pacers' 400 free relay team.
Heymann did his work in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, winning the 200 with a time of 1:49.25, then coming back four events later to take the 100 with a 52.15. And in the 400 free relay, he teamed with junior Grant Lautze, senior Samir Ahmadyar and senior Matt McComish for a 3:29.43.
The team's other individual event winner was sophomore Andy James in the 100 butterfly. James, who also swam on his team's second-place 200 medley relay team, bested the field in the fly with a 1:05.45.
Second-place finishers for the Pacers were: the 200 medley relay team of McComish, James, Heymann and senior Terran Walker at 1:47.72; McComish in the 200 IM at 2:12.75, and again in the 500 free at 5:24.70; Lautze in the butterfly at 1:00.23; the 200 free relay team of sophomore Patrick Dakin, Lautze, junior Cole Dennett and Walker at 1:38.86; and Ahmadyar in the 100 backstroke at 1:05.81.
Tualatin was led by two-time winners Connor Florey and Elliot Steward, Florey winning the 200 IM at 2:03.93 and the backstroke with a 59.96, while Steward took the 50 free with a 23.21 and the butterfly at 55.53