A competitive Civil War meet sets up another showdown at districts on Friday and Saturday

In a fast and exciting Civil War swim meet, the Lake Oswego boys prevailed against the Pacers while the Lakeridge girls eked out a narrow victory with both squads preparing for districts this Friday and Saturday.

Both squads entered the meet undefeated in league giving the Laker boys and Pacer girls the TRL titles.

The girls meet was intense with the Pacers needing a victory in the final race of the night to seal the win.

“We were very pleased. Obviously Lake Oswego has a very strong team. We had to rely on kids to pick up points with fourth and fifth place finishes,” Lakeridge coach Derek Abbott said.

The Pacers set the tone early with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Rowan Hauber, Brenda Cha, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Jordynn Canelis took first while Lakeridge's No. 2 squad of Madison Canelis, Sonya Ahmadyar, Katie King and Cristal McAninch finished second.

Lake Oswego countered with a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle led by Celia Keany's victory and Madeline McMurray touching out Jordynn Canelis at the wall for second place.

Lakeridge took first and second in the 200 individual medley. Cha won the event convincingly while Foden-Vencil touched out Luick at the wall for second.

In the 50 freestyle, Hauber won, smashing her best time of the year by more than half a second. Yifan Mao and Bailey Goodell took second and third for Lake Oswego.

Foden-Vencil would then capture the 100 butterfly with her best time of the year. The Lakers' Abby Lyons and Luick finished 2-3.

Cha won her second individual event of the evening for Lakeridge in the 100 freestyle with Mao and Amy Chen taking second and third for Lake Oswego.

In the 500 freestyle, Hauber won her second event of the night in a close showdown with Lauren Wagner from the Lakers.

Lake Oswego's 200 freestyle relay team of Mao, Chen, Lyons and Keany scored a convincing win, followed by Keany's second win of the night in the backstroke.

Jordynn Canelis and Madison Canelis took second and third in that event respectively.

Lyons then scored a big win for Lake Oswego in the breaststroke, finishing ahead of Lakeridge's Ahmadyar in second.

Lakeridge wrapped up the evening with a big win in the 400 freestyle relay with the team of Cha, Foden-Vencil, Jordynn Canelis and Hauber winning in 3:42.25. The Lakers finished 2-3 in the final race of the evening for the girls.

In the boys meet, Lake Oswego's medley relay team of Edward Kang, Luke Marshall, Aaron Perrine and Austin Weng scored a convincingly early victory.

Lakeridge picked up a win in the 200 freestyle with Matt Berman's strong swim. Lake Oswego's Marco Wolmarans and Juhwan Seo took second and third.

Marshall scored a victory for the Lakers in the individual medley in 2:05.63.

Matt White touched out Weng from Lake Oswego in the 50 freestyle for another Lakeridge win while Perrine took third for Lake Oswego in the event.

“Berman and White have been our backbone this year. Our water polo kids really stepped up for us,” Abbott said.

Lake Oswego would rack up points in the 100 butterfly with Kang, Perrine and Matt McGonegal going 1-2-3.

In the 100 freestyle, Luke Marshall won by more than a second with Berman and White taking second and third.

Lakeridge brothers Sam and Max Swaim went 1-2 in the 500 freestyle but Lake Oswego would get back in the win column in the 200 freestyle relay, winning by just more than a second.

Kang swam a quick time of 56.92 seconds in the 100 backstroke to score another Lake Oswego win, and the Lakers would go 1-2-3 in the breaststroke with Logan Kojiro, TJ Giedraitis and Wolmarans claiming those spots.

Lake Oswego rounded out the night with a win in the 400 freestyle relay.

Both teams will compete for berths at state this Friday and Saturday at the Lake Oswego pool.

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