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Laker swim team shines in opening meet

LO takes down West Linn and St. Mary's with strong times

The Lake Oswego swim teams got off to a very strong start last week against a pair of talented teams in West Linn and St. Mary's.

The Laker girls were particularly dominant in what was a double-dual meet for them, winning the vast majority of the events on the night with strong times.

In the meet's opening race, the 200 medley relay, Lauren Wagner, Jeske Paanakker, Madison Richardson and Yifan Mao won in a strong time of 2:02.17, topping the next closest team by more than two seconds.

In the 200 freestyle, Lake Oswego recorded a convincing 1-2-3 finish, led by Mikayla Mathison's winning time of 2:11.01. She was followed by Morgan Hall and Wagner in second and third.

In the 50 freestyle, Mao easily won a showdown with one of West Linn's top sprinters, taking the race in a time of 25.27 seconds.

Richardson would then win the 100 butterfly in a relatively close race, touching the wall in 1:02.70.

In the 100 freestyle, it would be another 1-2-3 finish for the Lakers. Mao would win again with a blistering time of 56.45 seconds while Mathison finished second and Richardson took third.

In the 500 freestyle, Hall and Madison Goodall finished second and third.

That was followed by an easy in the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of Paanakker, Jenny Kwon, Siobhan Nolan and Anne Rodgers.

Pannakker picked up an individual victory in the 100 breaststroke, winning by two seconds in 1:19.22 and the Lakers would finish a sweep of the relays when Hall, Mathison, Wagner and Mao won the 400 freestyle by more than 10 seconds.

For the boys, Lake Oswego was dominant with its depth. West Linn was able to win a handful of races but the Lakers racked up points with second and third place finishes.

Lake Oswego also fared well in the relays. In the medley relay, the team of Austin Weng, Daniel Kim, Daniel Kwon and Jordan Leis won easily in 1:44.20.

Logan Kojiro and Ryan Sklar would take second and third in the 200 individual medley and Lucas Rodgers and Leis would do the same in a close 50 freestyle.

In the 100 butterfly, Edward Kang was dominant in a time of 54.02, topping teammate Sklar who finished second.

Doug Heymann and Rodgers finished second and third in the 100 freestyle while Goodall and Adam Jasmin picked up points with a 2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle.

Lake Oswego's 200 freestyle relay team of Sklar, Kojiro, Rodgers and Leis scored an easy win, followed by Kang's second win of the evening.

He captured the 100 backstroke in 55.66 seconds, followed by teammates Weng and Daniel Duran-Urbine.

In the breaststroke, Kojiro picked up a win in one of the best finishes of the night, touching the wall in 1:03.78, just eight hundredths of a second in front of West Linn's Kyle Vu.

In the final event of the night, Lake Oswego's picked up its third relay victory with Rodgers, Weng, Leis and Kang cruising to a win in the 400 freestyle.

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