MHC SWIMMING - David Douglas boys get past Centennial by 15 points
by: David Ball David Douglas junior Leland Miller goes head to head with Daniel Rafalsky of Gresham during the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly Saturday. Miller pulled away in the late stages of the race to win in 53.84 seconds. Rafalsky finished third.

David Douglas won a series of key head-to-head battles with Centennial, tipping the team score in its favor during the late stages of the meet to claim the Mount Hood Conference boys swim title Saturday afternoon.

The teams traded the lead three times early in the meet with the Scots moving ahead to stay with a 46-point effort in the 50-yard freestyle. Lucky Le highlighted the charge, winning the sprint race in 22.14 more than half a second ahead of the field.

The two contending teams filled more than half of the lanes in the finals, but it was Douglas that emerged with a 10-point edge in the team scoring.

The Scots would pick up six more critical points in the next race - the 100 butterfly. Centennial's Anibal Ortega got off the blocks first and carried a half-body length lead at the midway point, but David Douglas junior Leland Miller was closing the gap making up the biggest chunks on the turns.

Look for full district meet coverage, including a look at the girls meet, in the Feb. 15, edition of The Outlook.

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