The Lakers and Pacers wrap up the year with some strong showings

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Brenda Cha took second in the individual medley and third in the 100 butterfly at the state meet last week, helping the Pacers earn a third-place trophy as a MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Edward Kang made the podium with a fifth place finish in the 100 butterfly.The Pacer and Laker swim teams wrapped up the season with strong showings at state, bringing home a variety of medals and, for the Lakeridge girls, a third-place trophy.

In the girls meet, the finals opened with Lake Oswego taking sixth place in the medley relay behind strong performances from Amy Chen, Abby Lyons, Madeline McMurray and Yifan Mao.

Lakeridge swam a nearly identical time from the prelims to the finals and the team of Rowan Hauber, Sonya Ahmadyar, Noelle Foden-Vencil and Jordynn Canelis took eighth place.

In the 200 individual medley, Lakeridge got a second-place finish from Brenda Cha, finishing only behind league rival Laura Laderoute from West Linn. Cha swam a 2:06.64 in the finals.

“At this point, it's such a fast race you just have to go for it,” Cha said.

Lake Oswego's Lyons picked up a point for her team with a 12th-place finish.

In the 50 freestyle, Lakeridge's Keaton Blovad had the fastest time in the prelims and went slightly faster in the finals but was just edged out by Centennial freshman Jamie Stone. Blovad's time of 23.26 seconds was good enough for an automatic All-American entry.

“I hadn't swam against her before so I didn't really know what to expect. I was just hoping for a best time,” Blovad said.

Cha would then score another top-three finish for Lakeridge in the butterfly, swimming 57 second flat in the finals.

“I know the girls I was up against are fast. I knew I needed to stay with them for as long as possible or they'd get too far ahead,” Cha said.

Blovad was back in the pool for the 100 freestyle and dueled Stone once again. Stone would break the state record in the event and Blovad took second.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Lakeridge had the second fastest time heading into the finals and the team of Cha, Ahmadyar, Canelis and Blovad took third in state.

Lake Oswego's squad of Lyons, Chen, McMurray and Mao finished ninth.

In the backstroke, Hauber scored a sixth-place finish for Lakeridge in 57.80 seconds as the Pacers looked to make up ground on West Linn and Century in the standings.

Lyons would score again for the Lakers with another 12th place finish in the breaststroke.

Finally, Lakeridge tallied another second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay thanks to good splits from Cha, Ahmadyar, Hauber and Blovad.

Lakeridge topped Sunset and Southridge for third place while the Lake Oswego girls finished 11th in state.

In the boys competition, Lake Oswego's medley relay team of Edward Kang, Logan Kojiro, Ryan Sklar and Austin Weng snuck into the consolation finals and took 12th.

A few races later, Kang would get on the podium in the 100 butterfly, swimming a 51.96 in the finals to finish fifth.

In the 500 freestyle, Lakeridge's Liam O'Shea posted the fastest time in prelims and lowered that time by half a second in the finals.

He was just edged out by a Westview freshman but took second in 4:42.79.

In the backstroke, Kang scored again for Lake Oswego, taking 10th in 53.81 seconds.

Finally, Lake Oswego capped off the meet by scoring in the 400 freestyle relay with Kang, Marco Wolmarans, Lucas Rodgers and Sklar finishing 11th in 3:23.15.

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