Both girls teams finish in the top-10 to close out the season

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Brenda Cha comes up for a breath during the individual medley at last week's state swim meet.It was a solid ending to another successful swim season for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego squads. The Pacer girls finished sixth in state, just three and a half points ahead of the eighth place Lakers.

Both teams got on the board in the medley relay. Lakeridge's team of Rowan Hauber, Brenda Cha, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Jordynn Canelis took fifth, lowering its time from the prelims by more than a second.

Lake Oswego's squad of Amy Chen, Madison Luick, Madeline McMurray and Yifan Mao would take 11th.

In the 200 freestyle, Lake Oswego's Celia Keany turned in the fastest time in the prelims and then lowered that mark by nearly half a second in the finals, finishing fourth in an exceptionally competitive field.

In the 200 individual medley, Lakeridge's Cha cracked 2:06 in the finals and took third place.

“I'm really happy with my time. Everyone's a little tired at this point in the season but once I got on the blocks I was ready to race,” Cha said.

Mao would pick up more points for Lake Oswego in the 50 freestyle, finishing in a tie for eighth.

Abby Lyons scored in a pair of events for Lake Oswego. First up was the 100 butterfly where she took 11th. She would also take eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

Cha turned in another strong performance for Lakeridge in the 100 freestyle, taking second place in 51.74 seconds.

In the 500 freestyle, Keany would score another top-five finish for the Lakers. She touched the wall in 5:05.27, nearly four seconds faster than her time in the prelims to take third place.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Lake Oswego's team of Mao, Chen, Lyons and Keany finished an impressive fifth.

In the 100 backstroke, Lakeridge's Hauber smashed the 6A state record in the prelims, turning in the fastest time in the field. She would then go even faster in the finals, finishing in 54.99 seconds but finished just a fraction of a second behind Michelle Cefal from Westview for second place.

Heading into the final event of the night, the Lake Oswego girls led Lakeridge by just half a point. The Pacers' team of Cha, Canelis, Hauber and Sonya Ahmadyar entered the event with the fastest time and would take second place.

Lake Oswego's team of Keany, Mao, Lyons and Lauren Wagner earned the last spot in the finals and then dropped nearly two seconds on Saturday, taking fourth place in a season-best time.

It was a strong finish for both squads who will each return a good portion of their swimmers next season.

For the boys, Lake Oswego's medley relay team of Edward Kang, Luke Marshall, Aaron Perrine and Austin Weng took eight place.

Marshall then took ninth in the IM, finishing in 2:02.21. Kang also took ninth for the Lakers in the butterfly, finishing in 53.14 seconds.

Aaron Reynolds scored Lakeridge's only points in the 500 freestyle, taking 11th place.

Kang then scored again in the 100 backstroke with a 10th place showing for the Lakers.

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