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Lake Oswego swim teams win district meet

District and state records fall as the Lakers send a mammoth group to state

VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Edward Kang set a new district record in the 100 butterfly and also won the district title in the 100 backstroke.The Lake Oswego swim teams continued what has been a magical season so far with a dominant performance at districts last week. Both the Laker girls and boys teams won the meet, breaking records and setting themselves up extremely well for state in the process.

The Laker girls avenged a narrow loss in their dual meet to Lakeridge with the title, once again, coming down to the final race of the evening.

The Lakers started off with a solid third-place showing in the medley relay, the team of Maya Clydesdale, Claire Cranch, Madison Richardson and Grace Marshall (three freshmen and a sophomore) finished in a time of 1:53.21, good enough for an automatic qualifying berth.

In the 200 freestyle, Lisa Kaunitz won by more than seven seconds in 1:49.20 good enough to set the district and 6A state record in the process.

Alyssa Gustaff took fourth in the event but her time of 1:57.42 was also good enough to qualify her for state.

In the 50 freestyle, Yifan Mao won by nearly half a second in 24.06 to earn a return trip to state in the event. Richardson would follow with a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly, just missing an automatic qualifying time.

In the 100 freestyle, Mao returned to action and finished second in 53.50 seconds, earning a trip to state in that event as well.

In the 500 freestyle, Kaunitz was back in action and would set another district record. She finished in 4:54.40, winning by more than 16 seconds and narrowly missing the 6A record as well. Gustaff finished third in the event for the Lakers and Madeline Eller was fifth.

Next up was the 200 freestyle relay where the Lakers took second, just nine hundredths of a second out of first.

The team of Mao, Gustaff, Marshall and Kaunitz finished in 1:39.31 and will head to state.

In the backstroke, Clydesdale took eighth but just missed out on an automatic qualifying time in what was perhaps the most competitive race of the meet.

Marshall would earn an individual trip to state in the breaststroke, taking second in 1:07.62.

Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego would fend off Lakeridge for the district title as the team of Mao, Gustaff, Clydesdale and Kaunitz won in 3:33.06, breaking another district record in the process.

The Lake Oswego boys would win the district title handily. The medley relay team of Edward Kang, Daniel Kim, Ryan Sklar and Jordan Leis won in a time of 1:39.44 to make it to state.

Then, in the 200 freestyle, Doug Heymann took third but his time of 1:47.38 earned him a state berth.

Logan Kojiro also finished third in the 200 IM and his time of 2:01.82 was also good enough to automatically advance him to state.

In the 50 freestyle, Leis won by two tenths of a second in 22.63 seconds and, in the 100 butterfly, Kang won another district title, setting the district record along the way in 50.34 seconds.

Sklar took third in the event but his time was also good enough for a trip to state.

Leis would become a double district champion in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 50.15. Then, in the 500, Heymann qualified in his second event, taking third place in a time of 4:52.07.

The Lakers' 200 freestyle relay team also walked away with a league title as Kojiro, Heymann, Leis and Andrew Goodall won in 1:30.22 seconds.

That was followed by Kang's second individual championship, taking the backstroke in 52.13 seconds.

Lake Oswego would finish an impressive 1-2 in the breaststroke as Kim won in 1:01.78 while Kojiro took second as the teammates claimed both of the league's berths at state.

Finally, in the 400 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego claimed victory again with Heymann, Sklar, Kojiro and Kang winning by just under a second in 3:17.24.

The state swim meet will take place this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College and both the Laker boys and girls teams are expected to bring home plenty of hardware.