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Records fall in TRL district swim meet

The Lake Oswego boys and Lakeridge girls each pick up victories as the teams head to state

Photo Credit: VERN UYETAKE - Lisa Kaunitz won both the IM and the 500 freestyle, breaking records in the process for Lake Oswego.It was a record-setting day at the district swim meet last week at Mt. Hood Community College which turned out to be a good thing for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego squads.

Both teams will be very well represented at state this week as Lakeridge won the girls meet and the Lake Oswego claimed the boys title.

In the girls meet, Lakeridge got off to a terrific start, earning a solid win in the 200 medley relay. The team of Brynne O'Shea, Sonya Ahmadyar, Mara Newman and Katie Manzione won by a second in 1:48.97 and have the fastest time in the state by one hundredth of a second.

Then, in the 200 freestyle, Ahmadyar finished third for the Pacers but her time was good enough to earn her a wild card entry to state.

In the 200 individual medley, Lake Oswego's Lisa Kaunitz kicked off her terrific day with a win by nearly five seconds in a time of 2:04.45. That time broke the district record previously held by her sister and is the fastest time heading into state by more than a second.

In the 50 freestyle, Lake Oswego's Yifan Mao took second but easily qualified for state with her time of 23.85 seconds, seeding her fourth heading into the state meet.

In the 100 butterfly, Lakeridge freshman Newman won by more than three seconds in a time of 57.36 seconds, seeding her eighth at state.

That was followed by Mao taking fourth in the 100 freestyle and Manzione finishing fifth, both earning wild card entries to state.

Then, in the 500 freestyle, Kaunitz broke another record, this one that had stood for more than a decade, winning in 4:57.50 seconds. Lakeridge's O'Shea finished second in the event to earn a wild card slot. Kaunitz is seeded second in the 500 heading into state.

Lake Oswego's 200 freestyle relay team of Mao, Kaunitz, Mikayla Mathison and Madison Richardson finished second behind West Linn but is headed to state with the fourth fastest time.

Lakeridge finished second and third in the 100 backstroke with Newman winning in 56.77 seconds, followed by O'Shea. They are seeded third and fifth respectively in the state in that event.

In the breaststroke, Manzione took second and earned a wild card time for state along with Ahmadyar, who took fourth.

Both the Pacers' and the Lakers' relay teams qualified for state. The Pacer team of Manzione, Ahmadyar, O'Shea and Newman won in 3:36.70 and is seeded third at state while the Laker team of Mao, Mathison, Richardson and Kaunitz took third and is seeded sixth.

In the boys meet, Lake Oswego's medley relay team of Edward Kang, Logan Kojiro, Ryan Sklar and Jordan Leis cruised with a win in 1:38.88 and is seeded fifth at state.

Then, in the 200 freestyle Liam O'Shea won in a time of 1:46.70, the third fastest time in the state heading into the meet.

Grant Gooding followed with a second place finish in the 200 IM, easily making state with his time of 1:56.88 where he seeded fourth.

In the 50 freestyle, Leis finished in a tie for fourth in a time of 23.56 seconds, earning a wild card berth at state.

Then, in the 100 butterfly, Kang broke a 32-year-old district record with his time of 50.86 seconds, earning him the top seed at state.

In the 100 freestyle, the Lakers' Doug Heymann took fourth but had a fast enough time to claim a wild card entry.

That was followed by a dominant swim in the 500 freestyle from the Pacers' Liam O'Shea. He won by nearly five seconds in 4:44.27, earning him the top seed in the event at state.

The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge 200 freestyle relay teams finished within a second of each other and are seeded ninth and 10th respectively at state.

The Laker team is lead by Heymann, Leis, Lucas Rodgers and Ryan Sklar while the Pacers got good swims from O'Shea, Gooding, Zach Wyman and Sam Swaim.

In the backstroke, Kang was solid again for the Lakers, winning in 54.09 seconds, the second fastest time in the state, while Lakeridge's CJ Hansen earned a wild card berth with a second place finish.

Gooding would take second in the 100 breaststroke for the Pacers, qualifying for state with a time of 59.88 seconds while Kojiro also earned a wild card time for the Lakers.

Finally, both team's 400 freestyle relay teams are headed to state as well. Lake Oswego's squad of Heymann, Kojiro, Rodgers and Kang is seeded sixth while the Pacers' squad of O'Shea, Sam Swaim, Max Swaim and Gooding is seeded 11th.

The state meet will wrap up this weekend at Mt. Hood Community College and both teams will look to bring home some hardware for their schools.

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