Patrick Mulcare touched down in Beaverton during the summer with a whole lot of fanfare, having been known as one of the fastest 200 Individual Medley and 100 backstroke swimmers in the nation.

To put it mildly, as a Southridge junior competing for the Skyhawks in the high school level, Mulcare’s lived up to the publicity and then some.

At the Metro League district meet on Saturday, Mulcare obliterated two pool records in the 200 IM (1:40.2) and 100 backstroke (48.52) to beat Sunset’s Tristan Furnary by 2.34 seconds.

“I felt in control,” said Mulcare. “I wanted to go out and go hard, but still make sure I had enough left for state. I still have a little bit more to push.”

Mulcare said his ability to stay underwater for so long without having to use the butterfly or backstroke was imperative in him obtaining a huge lead and eventually shattering the pool record in the 200 IM by more than four seconds.

“I always try to get halfway down the pool before I start swimming,” said Mulcare. “A lot of the other people don’t, so that really helps me get ahead when I need to. They’re the biggest part of swimming at the higher levels. If you have bad underwaters, then people are going to take over on turns every single time.”’

The junior who moved to Beaverton from Dayton, Ohio said the Oregon high school swimming scene is actually a bit slower than it is in the Midwest. But, Mulcare noted he’s gotten along great with the Skyhawk team as well as his club squad. This week at state, Mulcare plans on taking first in both the 200 IM and 100 backstroke.

Southridge also received a pair of superb, state-qualifying swims from sprinter Matt Braun in the winning 50 (21.83) and second place 100 free (47.57).

The favorite going into the 50 free, Braun said he tried as hard as he could because of the fast swimmers next to him. On the initial dive and turn off the wall is where ground can be made up or lost, the junior said, so he ensured both cases were sturdy.

“Anything can happen in that race,” said Braun. “You just have to go as hard as you can and hope for the best. After the dives and the turn, the swimming part just comes naturally.”

Braun and Furnary flipped the 100 free lead twice before the Apollo junior took over on the third turn by a head length. Braun bore down the backstretch and almost out-touched Furnary with a furious final 25 yards, but just couldn’t reach the wall in time.

The two racers were lined up next to each other in lanes four and five, so each was able to gage each other’s speed and see when the right time to go for the win was in reach.

“It was nice because I was sort of able to pace off him,” said Braun. “I didn’t have to decide how fast I wanted to go. I just had to keep up with (Furnary).”

Braun and Mulcare, along with David Stiling and Aaron Loprete, were also big parts of the winning 200 free relay that swam a 1:27.93. As a team, Southridge placed fourth with 250 points.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Westview freshman Myron Shen took second in the 200 IM and won the 500 free for the Wildcats on Saturday.

Westview freshman sensation Myron Shen won the 500 free and took second in the 200 IM. Shen swam a 4:40.26 for the 500 free victory and his first ever district win.

“It’s an honor,” said Shen. “I wanted to start out pretty smooth, and then at the end just go at it. It wasn’t as smooth, but I was still did an OK job with it. I tried to stay ahead of the field and not let them catch up.”

Shen was also part of the 200 free relay team of Alex LaRosa, Andrew Yoon and Andrew Cahalane that took third. LaRosa was second in the 100 butterfly (52.20). Westview took third with 307 points.

“That was pretty tiring,” said Shen. “But, I got my goal time, and overall I’m just happy. I tried going out fast and seeing what I got at the end.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit freshman Anthony Nosack got past teammate Ben Buchalski for first place in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday at the Metro League district meet.

Good friends away from the pool, Jesuit’s Anthony Nosack and Ben Buchalski went down the wire in the 100 breast with Nosack nudging his buddy at the wall for the 59.64 first place. Friendship aside, Nosack said there was no way he wanted second place.

“I saw him on the last wall and I really wanted the win so I just pushed it,” said Nosack. “I gave it everything. I wanted to go hard from the beginning because I wanted the first place. I knew it was going to be close.”

Nosack leads a young group of powerful Crusaders like Sean Calkins (second in the 500 free), the second place 200 free relay team of Jackson Wahl, Reilly Goddard, Jaume Martinez-Calvo and Buchalski, the 200 medley relay team Calkins, Nosack, Buchalski, and Jorge Casas (second in 200 medley relay) that placed second behind the Apollos

“I think it’s setting us up for the years to come,” said Nosack. “We still have room for improvement as a team.”

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