The Pacer boys edge out the Generals while the girls cruise

The Lakeridge swim teams each topped Grant last week in an exciting dual meet, particularly for the boys.

The Pacer girls won the meet in a landslide 126-44 while the boys topped the Generals, traditionally one of the better teams in the state, 89-80.

Lakeridge won a handful of close races which proved to be the difference in the tight meet.

“Our guys focused on finishing eveyr event at the wall an with that they out-touched Grant in about four different races,” coach Derek Abbott said.

Lakeridge opened the meet with a win in the medley relay. The Pacers then took second and third in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.

The Pacers recorded a sweep in the 50 freestyle to rack up points with Matt White winning the race in 24.27 seconds, followed by teammates Jonny Woodcock and Joey McCommish.

The Pacers' depth continued to carry them as Grant won its share of events but Lakeridge was able to pick up crucial points with its second and third place finishes.

Lakeridge's 200 freestyle relay team of Aaron Reynolds, Matt Berman, White and Woodcock turned in a terrific race to win by more than three seconds, as did both of the squad's 400 freestyle relay teams, which took second and third respectively to lock down the victory.

For the girls, Madison Canelis scored a convincing win in the 200 freestyle followed by a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM, which was won by the Pacers' Rowan Hauber.

Cristal McAninch then captured the 50 freestyle while Brenda Cha scored her first win of the day in the 100 butterfly, followed closely by teammate Noelle Foden-Vencil.

Jordynn Canelis then won the 100 freestyle in another race where Lakeridge claimed the top three spots.

Hauber became a double winner in the meet when she took home the 500 freestyle and Jordynn Canelis did the same with her win in the 100 backstroke, followed by Madison Canelis in second.

Cha scored her second win of the meet in the 100 breaststroke and the Pacers wrapped up the meet with an easy win in the 400 freestyle relay.

Lakeridge will take on West Linn today (Thursday) at home.

“We're gearing up for quite the showdown. It will be a true test for both our teams,” Abbott said

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