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Local swimmers shine at section championships

Lakeridge and Lake Oswego are well represented at Mt. Hood Community College


Lakeridge High School's Brynne O'Shea stands with one of the medals she earned at last week's 18U section championships in Gresham. The US Swimming / Speedo Champions series Western Region Section Championships were held locally at the Mount Hood Community College Aquatics center, July 20-23. 

This year's meet featured a large contingent of local 18U swimmers from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High Schools, some who have recently competed in the Olympic Swimming Trials, and are competing locally before going on to race at the US Junior Nationals meet in Minneapolis, Aug 8-12. In the women's 200 meter backstroke on July 20, three of the eight finalists swam for Lakeridge High School this past year; Keaton Blovad, Brynne O’Shea and Mara Newman.

In the event, Newman took second place in a time of 2:17.55, O’Shea was sixth in 2:19.08 while Blovad was eighth in 2:21.92.

In the 100 backstroke finals, Blovad held her top seed from the prelims, winning in 1:02.78. Newman was third in 1:03.29 and O’Shea finished in sixth in 1:05.06.

These three Lakeridge swimmers are joined at the meet by teammates Liam O'Shea, CJ Hansen, Katie Manzione, and Matty McCommish, and  Lake Oswego High School peers Yifan Mao, Ryan Sklar, Quinn La Fond, Logan Kojiro, and Doug Heymann.

Lake Oswego High School’s Lisa Kaunitz took seventh in the individual medley. Taejeong Kim, and Gracie Marshall also attended the meet.